For as lack of adornment is said to become some women, so this subtle oration, though without embellishment, gives delight.
De Oratore, 78, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Loveliness / Needs not the foreign aid of ornament, / But is when unadorn'd, adorn'd the most", James Thomson, The Seasons, "Autumn", Line 204.
Summum ius, summa iniuriaCicero
That, Senators, is what a favour from gangs amounts to. They refrain from murdering someone; then they boast that they have spared him!Cicero
Salus populi suprema lex esto.Cicero
Nos autem beatam vitam in animi securitate et in omnium vacatione munerum ponimus.Cicero
Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.Cicero
Nimia libertas et populis et privatis in nimiam servitutem cadit.Cicero
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable, than loyalty.Cicero
For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.Cicero
Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events.Cicero
As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.Cicero
Nervos belli, pecuniam.Cicero