Titus Livius is regarded as one of the most influential Roman historians of all time.

He spent most of his life in Rome, where he received a prestigious education.

‘Ab Urbe Condita’ is his most famous work.

Here are some of the quotes from Titus Livy to make you think.


Top 10 Titus Livy Quotes

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“A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Envy is blind. -Caeca invidia est.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Never is work without reward, or reward without work.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“It is when fortune is the most propitious that she is least to be trusted.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“There is nothing that is more often clothed in an attractive garb than a false creed.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Woe to the conquered.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“No law is sufficiently convenient to all.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Greater is our terror of the unknown.” ~ (Titus Livy).

Best Titus Livy Quotes

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“From abundance springs satiety.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“It is better that a guilty man should not be brought to trial than that he should be acquitted.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“An honor prudently declined often returns with increased luster.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“The best known evil is the most tolerable.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“The study of History is the best medicine for a sick mind.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“The populace is like the sea motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Persevere in virtue and diligence.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Luck rules every human endeavor, especially war.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“There is nothing man will not attempt when great enterprises hold out the promise of great rewards.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“A person under the firm persuasion that he can command resources virtually has them.” ~ (Titus Livy).

Powerful Titus Livy Quotes

“Treachery, though at first very cautious, in the end betrays itself.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Shared danger is the strongest of bonds; it will keep men united in spite of mutual dislike and suspicion.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“No wickedness proceeds on any grounds of reason.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Luck is of little moment to the great general, for it is under the control of his intellect and his judgment.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Such is the nature of crowds: either they are humble and servile or arrogant and dominating. They are incapable of making moderate use of freedom, which is the middle course, or of keeping it.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Resistance to criminal rashness comes better late than never.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Nothing moves more quickly than scandal.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Bad beginnings, bad endings.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“You know how to vanquish, Hannibal, but you do not know how to profit from victory.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“The mind sins, not the body; if there is no intention, there is no blame.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“He is truly a man who will not permit himself to be unduly elated when fortune’s breeze is favorable, or cast down when it is adverse.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Good fortune and a good disposition are rarely given to the same man.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.” ~ (Titus Livy).

Famous Titus Livy Quotes

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“Many things complicated by nature are restored by reason.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Avarice and luxury, those evils which have been the ruin of every great state.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“In grave difficulties, and with little hope, the boldest measures are the safest.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“When Tarquin the Proud was asked what was the best mode of governing a conquered city, he replied only by beating down with his staff all the tallest poppies in his garden.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“We can endure neither our vices nor their cure.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“There is an old saying which, from its truth, has become proverbial, that friendships should be immortal, enmities mortal.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Men are slower to recognize blessings than evils.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Those ills are easiest to bear with which we are most familiar.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Certain peace is better and safer than anticipated victory.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Passions are generally roused from great conflict.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Temerity is not always successful.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“He will have true glory who despises it.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“By flying, men often rush into the midst of calamities.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“No law is quite appropriate for all.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“No one wants to be excelled by his relatives.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Prosperity engenders sloth.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Men are least safe from what success induces them not to fear.” ~ (Titus Livy).

Wise Titus Livy Quotes

“Once let good faith be abandoned, and all social existence would perish.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Valor is the soldier’s adornment.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“I have often heard that the outstanding man is he who thinks deeply about a problem, and the next is he who listens carefully to advice.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Toil and pleasure, dissimilar in nature, are nevertheless united by a certain natural bond.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Nowhere are our calculations more frequently upset than in war.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Friends should be judged by their acts, not their words.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Great contests generally excite great animosities.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Law is a thing which is insensible, and inexorable, more beneficial and more propitious to the weak than to the strong; it admits of no mitigation nor pardon, once you have overstepped its limits.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Toil and pleasure, in their natures opposite, are yet linked together in a kind of necessary connection.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Adversity makes men remember God.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“This above all makes history useful and desirable; it unfolds before our eyes a glorious record of exemplary actions.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“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.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“The sun has not yet set for all time.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“War is just to those to whom war is necessary.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“No law can possibly meet the convenience of every one: we must be satisfied if it be beneficial on the whole and to the majority.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Haste is blind and improvident.” ~ (Titus Livy).

Popular Titus Livy Quotes

“Friendships ought to be immortal, hostilities mortal.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“The less there is of fear, the less there is of danger.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Necessity is the last and strongest weapon.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“That business does not prosper which you transact with the eyes of others.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Nothing is so uncertain or unpredictable as the feelings of a crowd.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Wit is the flower of the imagination.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Envy is blind, and is only clever in depreciating the virtues of others.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“The worst kind of shame is being ashamed of frugality or poverty.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“It is easier to criticize than to correct our past errors.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“It is easy at any moment to resign the possession of a great fortune; to acquire it is difficult and arduous.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Fame opportunely despised often comes back redoubled.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“All things will be clear and distinct to the man who does not hurry; haste is blind and improvident.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“The name of freedom regained is sweet to hear.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“A gentleman is mindful no less of the freedom of others than of his own dignity.” ~ (Titus Livy).

Thought-Provoking Titus Livy Quotes

“The old Romans all wished to have a king over them because they had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Men’s minds are too ready to excuse guilt in themselves.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“The result showed that fortune helps the brave.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“In adversity assume the countenance of prosperity, and in prosperity moderate the temper and desires.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“Favor and honor sometimes fall more fitly on those who do not desire them.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Nature has ordained that the man who is pleading his own cause before a large audience, will be more readily listened to than he who has no object in view other than the public benefit.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“A woman’s mind is affected by the meanest gifts.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“There are laws for peace as well as war.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Fortune blinds men when she does not wish them to withstand the violence of her onslaughts.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Present sufferings seem far greater to men than those they merely dread.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Truth, they say, is but too often in difficulties, but is never finally suppressed.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Nothing stings us so bitterly as the loss of money.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Dignity is a matter which concerns only mankind.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“We feel public misfortunes just so far as they affect our private circumstances, and nothing of this nature appeals more directly to us than the loss of money.” ~ (Titus Livy).

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“There is always more spirit in attack than in defence.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“False shame only is harmful.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Envy, like flames, soars upwards.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“The troubles which have come upon us always seem more serious than those which are only threatening.” ~ (Titus Livy).

“Better and safer is an assured peace than a victory hoped for. The one is in your own power, the other is in the hands of the gods.” ~ (Titus Livy).



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