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Roman philosopher, statesman and orator
(106 BC - 43 BC)
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Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art.
  [Lat., Meliora sunt ea quae natura quam illa quae arte perfecta sunt.]
      - De Natura Deorum (II, 34) [Nature]

Because all the sick do not recover, therefore medicine is not an art.
  [Lat., Aegri quia non omnes convalescunt, idcirco ars nulla medicina est.]
      - De Natura Deorum (II, 4) [Medicine]

No man was ever great without divine inspiration.
  [Lat., Nemo vir magnus aliquo afflatu divino unquam fuit.]
      - De Natura Deorum (II, 66) [Greatness]

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.
  [Lat., Meminerimus etiam adversus infimos justitiam esse servandam.]
      - De Natura Deorum (III, 15) [Justice]

To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.
  [Lat., Negligere quid de se quisque sentiat, non solum arrogantis est, sed etiam omnino dissoluti.]
      - De Officiis (1, 28) [Reputation]

Of evils one should choose the least.
  [Lat., Ex malis eligere minima oportere.]
      - De Officiis (bk. III, 1) [Evil]

That he was never less at leisure than when at leisure: nor that he was ever less alone than when alone.
  [Lat., Nunquam se minus otiosum esse quam cum otiosus; nec minus solum quam cum solus esset.]
      - De Officiis (bk. III, ch. I) [Solitude]

It is disgraceful when the passers-by exclaim, "O ancient house! alas, how unlike is thy present master to thy former one."
  [Lat., Odiosum est enim, cum a praetereuntibus dicatur:--O domus antiqua, heu, quam dispari dominare domino.]
      - De Officiis (CXXXIX) [Ancestry]

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.
  [Lat., Summum jus, summa injuria.]
      - De Officiis (I, 10) [Justice]

The foundations of justice are that on one shall suffer wrong; then, that the public good be promoted.
  [Lat., Fundamenta justitiae sunt, ut ne cui noceatur, deinde ut communi utilitati serviatur.]
      - De Officiis (I, 10) [Justice]

Wars are to be undertaken in order that it may be possible to live in peace without molestation.
  [Lat., Bella suscipienda sunt ob eam causam, ut sine injuria in pace vivatur.]
      - De Officiis (I, 11) [War]

In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought.
  [Lat., Semper in fide quid senseris, non quid dixeris, cogitandum.]
      - De Officiis (I, 13) [Honor]

The first bond of society is marriage; the next, our children; then the whole family and all things in common.
  [Lat., Prima societas in ipso conjugio est: proxima in liberis; deinde una domus, communia omnia.]
      - De Officiis (I, 17) [Matrimony]

He who hangs on the errors of the ignorant multitude, must not be counted among great men.
  [Lat., Qui ex errore imperitae multitudinis pendet, hic in magnis viris non est habendus.]
      - De Officiis (I, 19) [Public]

No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest god.
  [Lat., Fortis vero, dolorem summum malum judicans; aut temperans, voluptatem summum bonum statuens, esse certe nullo modo potest.]
      - De Officiis (I, 2) [Bravery]

In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made.
  [Lat., In omnibus negotiis prius quam aggrediare, adhibenda est praeparatio diligens.]
      - De Officiis (I, 21) [Beginnings]

An army abroad is of little use unless there are prudent counsels at home.
  [Lat., Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi.]
      - De Officiis (I, 22) [War]

War leads to peace.
  [Lat., Cedant arma togae.]
      - De Officiis (I, 22) [Peace]

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.
  [Lat., Cavendum est ne major poena quam culpa sit; et ne iisdem de causis alii plectantur, alii ne appellentur quidem.]
      - De Officiis (I, 23) [Punishment]

Let war be so carried on that no other object may seem to be sought but the acquisition of peace.
  [Lat., Bellum autem ita suscipiatur, ut nihil aliud, nisi pax, quaesita videatur.]
      - De Officiis (I, 23) [War]

In prosperity let us most carefully avoid pride, disdain, and arrogance.
  [Lat., In rebus prosperis, superbiam, fastidium arrogantiamque magno opere fugiamus.]
      - De Officiis (I, 26) [Prosperity]

It shows a weak mind not to bear prosperity as well as adversity with moderation.
  [Lat., Ut adversas res, secundas immoderate ferre, levitatis est.]
      - De Officiis (I, 26) [Prosperity]

In our amusements a certain limit is to be placed that we may not devote ourselves to a life of pleasure and thence fall into immorality.
  [Lat., Ludendi etiam est quidam modus retinendus, ut ne nimis omnia profundamus, elatique voluptate in aliquam turpitudinem delabamur.]
      - De Officiis (I, 29) [Pleasure]

Prudence is the knowledge of things to be sought, and those to be shunned.
      - De Officiis (I, 43) [Prudence]

Longing not so much to change things as to overturn them.
  [Lat., Non tam commutandarum, quam evertendarum rerum cupidi.]
      - De Officiis (II, 1) [Change]

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