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Sallust Quotes

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86 BC - 34 BC
Nationality: Roman
Category: Historian
Subcategory: Roman Historian

All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.


Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.


We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.


Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.


The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal.


Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.


Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.


Everything that rises sets, and everything that grows, grows old.


He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.


A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.


Necessity makes even the timid brave.


The higher your station, the less your liberty.


In my opinion, he only may be truly said to live and enjoy his being who is engaged in some laudable pursuit, and acquires a name by some illustrious action, or useful art.


In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery.


Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.


Before you act, consider; when you have considered, tis fully time to act.


They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.


It is better to use fair means and fail, than foul and conquer.


He only seems to me to live, and to make proper use of life, who sets himself some serious work to do, and seeks the credit of a task well and skillfully performed.


Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.


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