Top 665 Quotes & Sayings by Roman Authors

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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
To live is to think.
Beauty is a fragile gift. — © Ovid
Beauty is a fragile gift.
Don't think, just do.
They can conquer who believe they can.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Where there is unity there is always victory.
Conquered, we conquer.
A liar should have a good memory.
Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
Fortune favors the brave.
A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again. — © Tacitus
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
You must all follow the lead of the bishop, as Jesus Christ followed that of the Father; follow the presbytery as you would the Apostles; reverence the deacons as you would God's commandment.
Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.
Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.
The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
Rare is the union of beauty and purity.
Every man now worships gold, all other reverence being done away.
I am innocent of the blood of this just person; see ye to it.
The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.
In time of peace prepare for war.
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.
The Son of God became man so that we might become God.
If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?
Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities.
Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.
Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.
I was myself brought up with my brother, whose name was Matthias, for he was my own brother, by both father and mother; and I made mighty proficiency in the improvements of my learning, and appeared to have both a great memory and understanding.
Peace is obtained by war.
He plants trees to benefit another generation.
I'm never less at leisure than when at leisure, or less alone than when alone. — © Scipio Africanus
I'm never less at leisure than when at leisure, or less alone than when alone.
Truth is the daughter of time.
I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
During war, the laws are silent.
Alas, I think I am becoming a god.
I am dying, Egypt, dying.
No rival will steal away my sure love; that glory will be my gray hair.
Many a time from a bad beginning great friendships have sprung up.
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.
A word to the wise is enough. — © Plautus
A word to the wise is enough.
It is difficult not to write satire.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
We can endure neither our vices nor the remedies for them.
Their silence is praise enough.
Anyone who is an enemy of mine, let him love women, but let he who is my friend rejoice in men.
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
Since, therefore, individuals as well as the public are so indebted to these writers for the benefits they enjoy, I think them not only entitled to the honour of palms and crowns, but even to be numbered among the gods.
The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
There are laws for peace as well as war.
Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.
Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
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