Quotations by Sallust

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Profession: Historian
Nationality: Roman


A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Defeat, Evil, Injustice, Man)

All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Anger, Friendship, First, Opinion, Pity, Sentiment)

All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Anger, Friendship, Hatred, Pity)

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Gratitude, Ambition, Blood)

Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Men, Thought, Ambition, Tongue)

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.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Health, Beginning, Blessings, End, Fortune)

Before you act, consider; when you have considered, tis fully time to act.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Time, Act)

By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.
- Sallust
(Keywords: states)

Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Light)

Do as much as possible, and talk of yourself as little as possible.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Talk)

Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Measure)

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Fortune, Man)

Everything that rises sets, and everything that grows, grows old.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Old)

Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Men, Desire, Liberty)

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Harmony)

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.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Work, Life, Credit)

He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Nothing, Will)

In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Battle, Bravery, Cowards, Defense, Risk)

In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Bribery, Force, Opinion)

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.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Art, Action, Being, May, Name, Opinion, Pursuit)

In my own case, who have spent my whole life in the practice of virtue, right conduct from habitual has become natural.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Practice, Right)

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.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Nature, Victory, Defeat, Human nature, Law, May, Reputation)

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

Just to stir things up seemed a great reward in itself.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Reward)

Kings are more prone to mistrust the good than the bad; and they are always afraid of the virtues of others.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Kings, Mistrust)

Most honorable are services rendered to the State; even if they do not go beyond words, they are not to be despised.
- Sallust
(Keywords: State, Words)

Necessity makes even the timid brave.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Necessity)

Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Money, Honesty, Deeds, Friends, Merit, Soldiers)

No man underestimates the wrongs he suffers; many take them more seriously than is right.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Man, Right, Wrongs)

No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Time, Man)

Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Harmony)

The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Beauty, Superiority, Wealth, Fame, Possession)

The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Friendship, Identity)

The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Virtue, Wealth, Glory, Possession)

The higher your station, the less your liberty.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Liberty)

They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Honesty, Envy)

Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Thought, Action, Man)

Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Feelings, Tears, Word)

To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Friendship)

We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.
- Sallust
(Keywords: Body, Mind)







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