Marcus Tullius Cicero

Ancient Rome
3 Jan -106 // 7 Dec -43


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Our country is wherever we are well off
It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life
The diseases of the mind are more and more destructive than those of the body
Reason is the mistress and queen of all things
There are countless roads on all sides to the grave
Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth
Let a man practise the profession he best knows
It is a proof of great talents to recall the mind from the senses, and to separate thought from habit
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat
Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority
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