Livy

(Titus Livius Patavinus)

Livy
Livy
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  • Nationality: Roman
  • Profession: Historian

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Titus Livius Patavinus – often rendered as Titus Livy, or simply Livy (/ˈlɪvi/), in English language sources – was a Roman historian. He wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people – Ab Urbe Condita Libri (Books from the Foundation of the City) – covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome before the traditional foundation in 753 BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy's own lifetime. He was on familiar terms with members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, advising Augustus's grandnephew, the future emperor Claudius, as a young man not long before 14 AD in a letter to take up the writing of history.

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Apprehensions are greater in proportion as things are unknown. Human Nature
Better and safer is an assured peace than a victory hoped for. The one is in your own power, the other is in the hands of the gods. War & Peace
Better and safer is an assured peace than a victory hoped for. The one is in your own power, the other is in the hands of the gods. War & Peace
Experience is the schoolmaster of fools. Miscellaneous
Greater is our terror of the unknown. Human Nature
Haste is blind and improvident. Miscellaneous
He will have true glory who despises it. Leaders & Leadership
In difficult and desperate cases, the boldest counsels are the safest. Policy & Policy Making
It is better that a guilty man should not be brought to trial than that he should be acquitted. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It is easier to criticize than to correct our past errors. Management & Managing Government
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. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Many things complicated by nature are restored by reason. Management & Managing Government
Men are only too clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others. Human Nature
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. Lobbying & Special Interests
No law is quite appropriate for all. Legislating & Legislative Process
Nowhere are our calculations more frequently upset than in war. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Passions are generally roused from great conflict. Public Opinion & Polling
Shared danger is the strongest of bonds; it will keep men united in spite of mutual dislike and suspicion. Human Nature
The old Romans all wished to have a king over them because they had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom Freedom & Liberty
The populace is like the sea, motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze. Public Opinion & Polling
The troubles which have come upon us always seem more serious than those which are only threatening. Management & Managing Government
There are laws for peace as well as war. War & Peace ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There is always more spirit in attack than in defense. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This above all makes history useful and desirable: it unfolds before our eyes a glorious record of exemplary actions. History
Truth, they say, is but too often in difficulty, but is never finally suppressed. Miscellaneous
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. Human Nature
We can endure neither our vices nor the remedies for them. Policy & Policy Making
Woe to the vanquished. Vae victis. War & Peace
You know how to vanquish, Hannibal, but you do not know how to profit from victory. War & Peace
A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.
All things will be clear and distinct to the man who does not hurry; haste is blind and improvident.
Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.
Favor and honor sometimes fall more fitly on those who do not desire them.
Fortune blinds men when she does not wish them to withstand the violence of her onslaughts.
From abundance springs satiety.
It is easy at any moment to surrender a large fortune; to build one up is a difficult and an arduous task.
Luck is of little moment to the great general, for it is under the control of his intellect and his judgment.
Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence. Nature
Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.
Men are slower to recognize blessings than misfortunes.
No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.
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.
Resistance to criminal rashness comes better late than never.
Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.
Temerity is not always successful.
The old Romans all wished to have a king over them because they had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom. Freedom & Liberty
The populace is like the sea motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze.
The result showed that fortune helps the brave.
The sun has not yet set for all time. Time
There is always more spirit in attack than in defence.
There is nothing man will not attempt when great enterprises hold out the promise of great rewards.
There is nothing that is more often clothed in an attractive garb than a false creed.
There is nothing worse than being ashamed of parsimony or poverty.
They are more than men at the outset of their battles; at the end they are less than the women. Women
This above all makes history useful and desirable; it unfolds before our eyes a glorious record of exemplary actions. History
Toil and pleasure, dissimilar in nature, are nevertheless united by a certain natural bond. Nature
Truth, they say, is but too often in difficulties, but is never finally suppressed. Truth
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.
Woe to the conquered.