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I am heavier than most, but I still run faster than you.
Some mistake me for a fool, yet everyone else loves me.
Even as centuries pass and empires disappear too--
I stay by their sides, faithfully.

Hint:

The title is also intended to be a hint.

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  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking you are rot13(gur cnfg) but that might be a bit of a stretch. $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 18 '19 at 5:26
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You are

Gold. Gold is heavier than most, and there is fool's gold. Gold does not break down, and it lasts a long time. The title is a reference to the legendary philosopher's stone, which turns base metals into gold. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosopher%27s_stone

Thanks to @hexomino for this part:

"I still run faster than you" is a reference to a gold medal.

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    $\begingroup$ "Faster than you" could be a reference to a rot13(tbyq zrqny) $\endgroup$ – hexomino Aug 18 '19 at 23:27
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You are

The Moon. You are heavier than most things people use and see everyday, and yet the actual speed of the Moon (say with respect to a fixed point on Earth) is very high.

The title

refers to Cicero

Everyone loves you

It is quite pleasant to be outside at night and see the moon. Also, people in love sometimes go on "honeymoon" after getting married.

But

Some mistake you for a fool. Also, fools may get it wrong when they hear full moon and understand fool moon instead.

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