Titus Livius

[Livy] (59 BC – AD 17 / Padua)

Titus Livius Quotes

  • ''Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, VIII, 31.
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  • ''Men are only too clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 25.
  • ''Nature has ordained that the man who is pleading his own cause before a large audience, will be more readily listened to than he who has no object in view other than the public benefit.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, III, 68.
  • ''There is always more spirit in attack than in defense.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 44.
  • ''I approach these questions unwillingly, as it wounds, but no cure can be effected without touching upon and handling them.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 27.
  • ''Good fortune and a good disposition are rarely given to the same man.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXX, 42.
  • ''Law is a thing which is insensible, and inexorable, more beneficial and more profitious to the weak than to the strong; it admits of no mitigation nor pardon, once you have overstepped its limits.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, II, 3.
  • ''The state is suffering from two opposite vices, avarice and luxury; two plagues which, in the past, have been the ruin of every great empire.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXXIV, 4.
  • ''It is easy at any moment to surrender a large fortune; to build one up is a difficult and an arduous task.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXIV, 22.
  • ''Favor and honor sometimes fall more fitly on those who do not desire them.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, IV, 57.

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