Quotations From JULIUS CAESAR [GAIUS JULIUS CAESAR]


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  • The die is cast.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, emperor. Parallel Lives, "Caesar", sct. 32, Plutarch. Julius Caesar on crossing the Rubicon in 49 B.C., an action which provoked the start of the first Civil War.
  • Avoid an unusual and unfamiliar word just as you would a reef.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. Concerning Analogy, quoted in Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 1.10.4.
  • People willingly believe what they want to believe.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. The Gallic War, 3.18.

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  • All Gaul is divided into three parts.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, emperor. The Gallic War, bk. 1, l. 1 (52-51 B.C.). First line of the book—indelibly associated with the study of Latin at school.
  • Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. The Civil War, 3. 68.

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  • I came, I saw, I conquered.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. Quoted in Suetonius, Life of Caesar, 37.
  • The Ides of March have come.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general and emperor. quoted in Parallel Lives, "Caesar," sct. 63, Plutarch. Reputedly spoken by Caesar on his way to the forum on March 15, 44 B.C., the day of his assassination, recalling the warning of a soothsayer.
  • They were not thinking of the means by which they could win, but how they could
    make use of the victory.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. The Civil War, 3. 83.
  • As a result of a general defect of nature, we are either more confident or more fearful of unusual and unknown things.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. The Civil War, 2.4.

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  • No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.
    Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. The Gallic War, 6.39.
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