Quotations From GAIUS SALLUSTIUS CRISPUS


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  • It is always easy enough to take up arms, but very difficult to lay them down; the commencement and the termination of war are not necessarily in the same hands; even a coward may begin, but the end comes only when the victors are willing.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, LXXXIII.

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  • Before you act, consider; when you have considered, 'tis fully time to act.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, I....

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  • Most honorable are services rendered to the State; even if they do not go beyond words, they are not to be despised.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, III.
  • Neither the army nor the treasury, but friends, are the true supports of the throne; for friends cannot be collected by force of arms, nor purchased with money; they are the offspring of kindness and sincerity.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, X....

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  • It is better to use fair means and fail, than foul and conquer.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, XLII.
  • In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, CX.
  • Instead of this we have luxury and avarice; public indigence side by side with private opulence; we glorify wealth and pursue idleness; between the worthy and the unworthy we make no distinction; all the prizes of virtue are awarded to ambition.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, LII.
  • It was his aim to be, rather than to appear, good.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, LIV.
  • All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, LI.

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  • Kings are more prone to mistrust the good than the bad; and they are always afraid of the virtues of others.
    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, VII.
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