Quintus Curtius Rufus

Quintus Curtius
fl. c. 41
fl. c. 79

Roman Historian

Author Quotes

Timid dogs more eagerly bark than bite.

When the truth cannot be clearly made out, what is false is increased through fear.

That possession which we gain by the sword is not lasting; gratitude for benefits eternal.

The fashions of human affairs are brief and changeable, and fortune never remains long indulgent.

Posterity pays for the sins of their fathers.

Nature has placed nothing so high that virtue cannot reach it.

Necessity when threatening is more powerful than device of man

Nothing is so secure in its position as not to be in danger from the attack even of the weak. [Nothing is strong that may not be endangered even by the weak.]

Haste is slow.

It is often a comfort in misfortune to know our own fate.

Habit is stronger than nature.

For my own part I am persuaded that everything advances by an unchangeable law through the eternal constitution and association of latent causes, which have been long before predestinated.

Despair is a great incentive to honorable death.

Doctors cure the more serious diseases with harsh remedies.

By the wicked the good conduct of others is always dreaded.

Covetous of another man's, prodigal of his own.

A timid dog barks more violently than it bites.

But few prize honor more than money.

A spark neglected has often raised a conflagration.

A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites

A brave man's country is wherever he chooses his abode

War admits no excuses.

The deepest rivers flow with the smallest noise.

Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule.

Fear makes men ready to believe the worst.

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First Name
Quintus Curtius
Last Name
Birth Date
fl. c. 41
Death Date
fl. c. 79

Roman Historian