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  • He only seems to me to live, and to make proper use of life, who sets himself some serious work to do, and seeks the credit of a task well and skillfully performed.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, II.

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  • The fame which is based on wealth or beauty is a frail and fleeting thing; but virtue shines for ages with undiminished lustre.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, I....

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  • Greedy of praise, lavish of money.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, VII.

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  • The higher your station, the less your liberty.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, LI.
  • In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, LVIII.
  • The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, XX.

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  • It is a law of human nature that in victory even the coward may boast of his prowess, while defeat injures the reputation even of the brave.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, LIII.

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  • Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, LXXXV.

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  • With Punic faith.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, CVIII.

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  • He is reported to have said that the city was for sale, and would come to an untimely end if a purchaser could be found.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, XXXV.

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