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Quotes of Titus Livy

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Titus Livy

Titus Livy

(Titus Livius, lived in 59 BCE – 17 CE. Main historian of the era of Augustus. He was widely respected at the imperial court. He was emperor’s friend.

  • “Woe to the vanquished”
    • latin: [Vae victis]
    • description: words to be said by the leader of the Gauls in 390 BCE during the siege of Rome. The Romans decided to pay the ransom; however, when they noticed that the weights were forged and too heavy, Brennus drew his sword, dropped it on the scale, and exclaimed, “Vae victis!”.
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, V 48
  • “Rich enemy was the prize of the victor, however poor.”
    • latin: [Ditem hostem quamvis pauperis victoris praemium esse]
    • description: words to be spoken by Roman military commanders during the war with the Samnites, who were to be characterized by beautiful and ornate armor.
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, IX 40
  • “Experience the teacher of fools”
    • latin: [Stultorum iste magister est]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, XXII 39
  • “Hannibal before the gates”
    • latin: [Hannibal ante portas!]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 23,16,2
  • “He who scorns false glory shall possess the true”
    • latin: [Vanam gloriam qui spreverit veram habebit]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, XXII.39
  • “Better late than never”
    • latin: [Potius sero quam numquam]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita 4.2
  • “There is danger in delay”
    • latin: [Periculum in mora]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita
  • “From the Founding of the City”
    • latin: [Ab urbe condita]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita
  • “Words instruct, examples lead”
    • latin: [Verba docent, exempla trahunt]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita
  • “Because a necessary war is a just war and where there is hope only in arms, those arms necessary war is a just war and where there is hope only in arms, those arms are holy”
    • latin: [Iustum enim est bellum quibus necessarium, et pia arma, ubi nulla nisi in armis spes est]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita IX, 1
  • “You, Hannibal, know how to gain a victory; you do not know how to use it”
    • latin: [Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis]
    • description: Maharbal was to say full sentence, “Assuredly, no one man has been blessed with all God’s gifts. You, Hannibal, know how to gain a victory; you do not know how to use it”.
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, XXII, 51
  • “In grave difficulties, and with little hope, the boldest measures are the safest”
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita
  • “Friendships should be immortal, enmities mortal”
    • latin: [Amicitiæ immortales, mortales inimicitias debere esse]
    • source: Titus Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, XL.46

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