Livy, formally Titus Livius, aka Titus Livy

Livy, formally Titus Livius, aka Titus Livy
59 B.C.
17 A.D.

Roman Historian

Author Quotes

There is danger in delay.

The populace is like the sea motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze.

There is always more spirit in attack than in defence.

We can endure neither our vices [evils] nor their cure.

The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see: and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings: fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

You need only a show of war to have peace.

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

What is honorable is also safest.

Men's minds are too ingenious in palliating guilt in themselves.

The injury done to character is greater than can be estimated.

Once let good faith be abandoned, and all social existence would perish.

Nothing moves more quickly than scandal.

Great contests generally excite great animosities.

False shame only is harmful.

Bad beginnings, bad endings.

Passions are generally roused from great conflict.

There is nothing man will not attempt when great enterprises hold out the promise of great rewards.

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.

There is nothing that is more often clothed in an attractive garb than a false creed.

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.

He is truly a man who will not permit himself to be unduly elated when fortune's breeze is favorable, or cast down when it is adverse.

Men are slower to recognise blessings than misfortunes.

No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.

Envy, like fire, soars upward.

Author Picture
First Name
Livy, formally Titus Livius, aka Titus Livy
Birth Date
59 B.C.
Death Date
17 A.D.

Roman Historian