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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 quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.

Titus Livy (59 B.C. ~ A.D. 17) Roman Historian

"It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity."

"We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them."

"The study of History is the best medicine for a sick mind."

"Men are least safe from what success induces them not to fear."

"In difficult and hopeless situations the boldest plans are the safest."

"Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time."

"A person under the firm persuasion that he can command resources virtually has them."

"Men are slower to recognize blessings than evils."

"Adversity makes men remember God"

"No law is quite appropriate for all"

"Adversity reminds men of religion"

"Rashness is not fortunate"

"Truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished"

"No wickedness proceeds on any grounds of reason"

"Envy is blind, and she has no other quality than that of detracting from virtue"

"When a woman once begins to be ashamed of what she ought not to be ashamed of, she will not be ashamed of what she ought"

"The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself - something that's in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered."
 
"Men's minds are too ready to excuse guilt in themselves"

"Superstition brings the gods into even the smallest matters"
 
"It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity."

The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself - something that's in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

Diversity reminds men of religion. [Lat., Adverse res admonent religionum.]

We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort.

In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest.

In difficult and hopeless situations the boldest plans are the safest.

Men's plans should be regulated by the circumstances, not circumstances by the plans. [Lat., Consilia res magis dant hominibus quam homines rebus.]

Envy, like fire, soars upward. [Lat., Invidiam, tamquam ignem, summa petere.]

No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level. [Lat., A proximis quisque minime anteire vult.]

Experience is the teacher of fools. [Lat., Stultorum eventus magister est.]

A woman's mind is affected by the meanest gifts. [Lat., Parvis mobilis rebus animus muliebris.]

Men's minds are too ingenious in palliating guilt in themselves. [Lat., Ingenia humana sunt ad suam cuique levandam culpam nimio plus facunda.]

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

Necessity is the last and strongest weapon. [Lat., Necessitas ultimum et maximum telum est.]

As soon as she (woman) begins to be ashamed of what she ought not, she will not be ashamed of what she ought. [Lat., Nae simul pudere quod non oportet coeperit; quod oportet non pudebit.]

The worst kind of shame is being ashamed of frugality or poverty. [Lat., Pessimus quidem pudor vel est parsimoniae vel frugalitatis.]

Present sufferings seem far greater to men than those they merely dread. [Lat., Graviora quae patiantur videntur jam hominibus quam quae metuant.]

Treachery, though at first very cautious, in the end betrays itself. [Lat., Ipsa se fraus, etiamsi initio cautior fuerit, detegit.]

It is easy at any moment to resign the possession of a great fortune; to acquire it is difficult and arduous. [Lat., Facile est momento quo quis velit, cedere possessione magnae fortunae; facere et parare eam, difficile atque arduum est.]

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