Quotes from Ancient Times
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quote.s It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Emperor Augustus 63 BC - 14 AD
"Festina lente" (Make haste slowly)
Augustus boasted that he: "Inherited it (the city of Rome) brick and left it marble.""
Emperor Vespasian 9 - 79 AD
"Pecunia non olet" (Money has no smell)
When fatally ill: "Woe is me. I think I am becoming a god."
Emperor Hadrian 76 - 138 AD
Poem by Hadrian: "Animula vagula blandula, Hospes comesque corporis." (Ah! gentle, fleeting, wavering sprite, Friend and associate of this clay!)
Emperor Constantine c.288 - 337
"In hoc signo vinces" (In this sign shalt thou conquer)
Julius Caesar 100 - 44 BC
"Veni, vidi, vici"
(I came, I saw, I conquered)
"The die is cast."
"Et tu, Brute?" (You too, Brutus?)
"Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres." (Gaul as a whole is divided into three parts.)
"Caesar's wife must be above suspicion."
(Caesar) had rather be: "First in a village than second at Rome."
I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
Men freely believe that which they desire.
Men willingly believe what they wish.
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.
I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
Which death is preferably to every other? ''The unexpected''.
Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.
Claudius 10 BC-AD 54, Roman Emperor
No one is free who does not lord over himself.
Acquaintance lessens fame.
To do no evil is good, to intend none better.
Every individual is the architect of his own fortune.
Here is a field open for talent; and here, merit will a have certain favor, and industry is graced with its due reward.
No one is more miserable than the person who wills everything and can do nothing.
Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.
To do nothing evil is good; to wish nothing evil is better.
Tiberius Caesar 42 BC-AD 37, Roman Emperor
It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.
Caligula, Roman Emperor
Let them hate us so long as they fear us.
Justinian c. 482~565, Roman Emperor
Safety of the state is the highest law.
Keep cool and you will command everyone.
Nero, Roman emperor
Hidden talent counts for nothing.