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Livy


Known as Livy in English, wrote a monumental history of Rome, Ab Urbe Condita, from its founding (traditionally dated to 753 BC) through the reign of Augustus.
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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.
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Potius sero quam numquam.
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Fame opportunely despised often comes back redoubled.




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Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies’ resources, and minimized their own.
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Many things complicated by nature are restored by reason.
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No law can possibly meet the convenience of every one: we must be satisfied if it be beneficial on the whole and to the majority.
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He would not anticipate those counsels which are rather bestowed by circumstances on men, than by men on circumstances.
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Good fortune and a good disposition are rarely given to the same man.
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The sun has not yet set for all time.
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They are more than men at the outset of their battles; at the end they are less than the women.
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No one wants to be excelled by his relatives.




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Shared danger is the strongest of bonds; it will keep men united in spite of mutual dislike and suspicion.
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We can endure neither our vices nor the remedies for them.
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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.
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It is when fortune is the most propitious that she is least to be trusted.
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You know how to vanquish, Hannibal, but you do not know how to profit from victory.
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Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.
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A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.
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For he considered that, in many cases, but especially in war, mere appearances have had all the effect of realities; and that a person, under a firm persuasion that he can command resources, virtually has them; that very prospect inspiring him with hope and boldness in his exertions.
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Temerity is not always successful.


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