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Sallust Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.

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

Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.