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Sallust

Gaius Sallustius Crispus (86 34 BC) Statesman and Historian during the last century of the Roman Republic.
Found 49 thoughts of Sallust

Necessity makes even the timid brave.

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The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.

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Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

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For men who had easily endured hardship, danger and difficult uncertainty, leisure and riches, though in some ways desirable, proved burdensome and a source of grief.

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To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.

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The higher your station, the less your liberty.

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Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.

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The soul is the captain and ruler of the life of morals.

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To someone seeking power, the poorest man is the most useful.

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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.

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Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.

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

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Few men desire liberty; the majority are satisfied with a just master.

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

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Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.

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The golden age is before us, not behind us.

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It is a law of human nature that in victory even the coward may boast of his prowess, while defeat injures the reputation even of the brave.

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It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.

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

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Few men desire liberty: The majority are satisfied with a just master.

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

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Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.

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

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

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As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.

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