Inspirational Quotes by Sallust

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.

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Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.

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Necessity makes even the timid brave.

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In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.

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The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.

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Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.

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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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To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.

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

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Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.

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

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In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery.

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

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Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

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

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

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

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Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.

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Do as much as possible, and talk of yourself as little as possible.

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The higher your station, the less your liberty.

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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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The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.

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Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.

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Kings are more prone to mistrust the good than the bad; and they are always afraid of the virtues of others.

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Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.

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All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.

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He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.

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We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.

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By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.

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Just to stir things up seemed a great reward in itself.

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No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests.

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In my own case, who have spent my whole life in the practice of virtue, right conduct from habitual has become natural.

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Everything that rises sets, and everything that grows, grows old.

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Most honorable are services rendered to the State; even if they do not go beyond words, they are not to be despised.

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All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.

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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.

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No man underestimates the wrongs he suffers; many take them more seriously than is right.

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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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