Titus Livius

[Livy] (59 BC – AD 17 / Padua)

Titus Livius Quotes

  • ''No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 28.
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  • ''Before anything else [Numa] decided that he must instill in his subjects the fear of the gods, this being the most effective measure with an ignorant, and at that time uncultured, people.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, I, 19.
  • ''Greater is our terror of the unknown.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 44.
  • ''It is easier to criticize than to correct our past errors.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXX, 30.
  • ''No law is sufficiently convenient to all.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXXIV, 3.
  • ''Such impetuous schemes and boldness are at first sight alluring, but are difficult to handle, and in the result disastrous.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXXV, 32.
  • ''Men are slower to recognise blessings than misfortunes.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXX, 21.
  • ''In valor you are their equals; in necessity, the last and strongest weapon, their superiors.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, IV, 28.
  • ''Such is the nature of crowds: either they are humble and servile or arrogant and dominating. They are incapable of making moderate use of freedom, which is the middle course, or of keeping it.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXIV, 25.
  • ''Luck is of little moment to the great general, for it is under the control of his intellect and his judgment.''
    Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXII, 25.

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