65 Livy Quotes On Success In Life

Titus Livius known as Livy in English was a Roman historian. He wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people, titled Ab Urbe Condita, ”From the Founding of the City”, covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome before the traditional foundation in 753 BC through the reign of Augustus in Livy’s own lifetime. These Livy quotes will motivate you in life.

Best Livy Quotes

  1. “The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record, you can find yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things rotten through and through, to avoid.” ~ Livy
  2. “Men are slower to recognize blessings than evils.” ~ Livy
  3. “We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort.” ~ Livy
  4. “A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.” ~ Livy
  5. ‚ÄĚNever is work without reward, or reward without work.” ~ Livy

  6. “The mind sins, not the body; if there is no intention, there is no blame.” ~ Livy
  7. “Adversity makes men remember God.” ~ Livy
  8. “There is nothing that is more often clothed in an attractive garb than a false creed.” ~ Livy
  9. “It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.” ~ Livy
  10. “Shared danger is the strongest of bonds; it will keep men united in spite of mutual dislike and suspicion.” ~ Livy
  11. “Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence.” ~ Livy
  12. “No crime can ever be defended on rational grounds.” ~ Livy

  13. “Truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished.” ~ Livy
  14. “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.” ~ Livy
  15. “There is always more spirit in attack than in defense.” ~ Livy
  16. “Friends should be judged by their acts, not their words.” ~ Livy

  17. “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 advise.” ~ Livy
  18. “In grave difficulties, and with little hope, the boldest measures are the safest.” ~ Livy
  19. “Temerity is not always successful.” ~ Livy
  20. “There is an old saying which, from its truth, has become proverbial, that friendships should be immortal, enmities mortal.” ~ Livy
  21. “Envy, like flames, soars upwards.” ~ Livy

  22. “The army from Asia introduced a foreign luxury to Rome; it was then the meals began to require more dishes and more expenditure . . . the cook, who had up to that time been employed as a slave of low price, become dear: what had been nothing but a metier was elevated to an art.” ~ Livy
  23. “Better late than never.” ~ Livy
  24. “Great contests generally excite great animosities.” ~ Livy
  25. “The old Romans all wished to have a king over them because they had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.” ~ Livy
  26. “There is nothing worse than being ashamed of parsimony or poverty.” ~ Livy
  27. “Toil and pleasure, dissimilar in nature, are nevertheless united by a certain natural bond.” ~ Livy

  28. “Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies’ resources, and minimized their own.” ~ Livy
  29. “Avarice and luxury, those evils which have been the ruin of every great state.” ~ Livy
  30. “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.” ~ Livy
  31. “In war, mere appearances have had all the effect of realities; and that a person, under a firm persuasion that he can command resources, virtually has them; that very prospect inspiring him with hope and boldness in his exertions.” ~ Livy
  32. “No law can possibly meet the convenience of everyone: we must be satisfied if it be beneficial on the whole and to the majority.” ~ Livy
  33. “Prosperity engenders sloth.” ~ Livy

  34. “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.” ~ Livy
  35. “No one wants to be expelled by his relatives.” ~ Livy
  36. “The less there is of fear, the less there is of danger.” ~ Livy
  37. “Nothing is so uncertain or unpredictable as the feelings of a crowd.” ~ Livy
  38. “A gentleman is mindful no less of the freedom of others than of his own dignity.” ~ Livy
  39. “The result showed that fortune helps the brave.” ~ Livy

  40. “In adversity assume the countenance of prosperity, and in prosperity moderate the temper and desires.” ~ Livy
  41. “Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time.” ~ Livy
  42. “Dignity is a matter which concerns only mankind.” ~ Livy
  43. “That business does not prosper which you transact with the eyes of others.” ~ Livy
  44. “It is when fortune is the most propitious that she is least to be trusted.” ~ Livy Quotes
  45. “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.” ~ Livy
  46. “Luck rules every human endeavor, especially war.” ~ Livy

  47. “No law is sufficiently convenient to all.” ~ Livy
  48. “No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.” ~ Livy
  49. “The sun has not yet set for all time.” ~ Livy
  50. “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.” ~ Livy
  51. “All things will be clear and distinct to the man who does not hurry; haste is blind and improvident.” ~ Livy
  52. “Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.” ~ Livy
  53. “Wit is the flower of the imagination.” ~ Livy

  54. “Nothing moves more quickly than scandal.” ~ Livy
  55. “Necessity is the last and strongest weapon.” ~ Livy
  56. “Envy is blind, and is only clever in depreciating the virtues of others.” ~ Livy
  57. “Greater is our terror of the unknown.” ~ Livy
  58. “An honor prudently declined often returns with increased luster.” ~ Livy
  59. “Bad beginnings, bad endings.” ~ Livy

  60. “Treachery, though at first very cautious, in the end, betrays itself.” ~ Livy
  61. “Luck is of little moment to the great general, for it is under the control of his intellect and his judgment.” ~ Livy Quotes
  62. “Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.” ~ Livy
  63. “Nothing hurts worse than the loss of money.” ~ Livy
  64. “No wickedness proceeds on any grounds of reason.” ~ Livy
  65. “War is just to those to whom war is necessary.” ~ Livy

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