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Sallust
86-34 (Age at death: 52 approx.)

Gaius Sallustius Crispus, generally known simply as Sallust, (86-34 BC), a Roman historian, belonged to a well-known plebeian family, and was born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines. Throughout his career Sallust always stood by his principle as a popularis, an opposer of Pompey's party and the old aristocracy of Rome.

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Perhaps of all undertakings, there is no more delicate and difficult, than to address advice to the ear of power; to a sovereign prince, to a celebrated general, or, in a word, to him, who is elevated to authority over his fellow men. This is true, in the first place, because the great never want advisers:
And secondly, because to look, with clearness into the future, far exceeds the keenest foresight, and the most consummate wisdom. Besides, we...
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Perhaps of all undertakings, there is no more delicate and difficult, than to address advice to the ear of power; to a sovereign prince, to a celebrated general, or, in a word, to him, who is elevated to authority over his fellow men. This is true, in the first place, because the great never want advisers: And secondly, because to look, with clearness into the future, far exceeds the keenest foresight, and the most consummate wisdom. Besides, we...
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As man, by his constitution, is of a twofold nature, a compound of soul and body, so all his concerns and pursuits, by consequence, partake either of the one or of the other. Symmetry and grace of form, wealth, corporal strength, and the like, being all of the nature of the body, soon pass away; but intellectual efforts are immortal, like the higher archetype from whence they proceed. Thus the goods of fortune, and every corporal possession, are ...
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Blessed with concord, even insignificant states flourish in prosperity; but the storms of dissension overpower even the mightiest."
Micipsa, quoted by ]]JUGURTHINE WAR interpreted by Henry Steuart, L.L.D., 1824 pub date

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By inflaming his avarice, they found the way to his heart, and he yielded, without resistance."

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Every man is the architect of his own fortune."
Sallust quoting Appius, Second Epistle to Caesar interpreted by Henry Steuart, L.L.D., 1824 pub date interpreted by Henry Steuart, L.L.D., 1824 pub date

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It is the duty of all men, who would maintain their rank in the scale of the creation, strenuously to endeavor that their lives be not passed in a state of obscurity. Without activity and usefulness, they will little surpass the herds of the field, which are doomed by nature to grovel on the earth, the slaves of sordid and unruly appetites."

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Jugurtha possessed both wisdom in council and valor on the field, qualities not often united in the same person: For the confidence which courage supplies is sometimes damped by foresight; and sometimes foresight is overborne by a rashness, which the virtue should restrain."

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Just to stir things up seemed a great reward in itself.

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Living merit is almost always sure to be obscured by envy, and sometimes to be depressed by misfortune: But when death closes the scene, the voice of detraction is heard no more, and virtue, pure and unsullied, is suffered to shine forth beyond the grave."

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Man, above all creatures, is gifted with excellence and energy; although the one he degrades, and the other he misapplies; in his pursuits far more frequently without diligence than talents to direct it, or time for their exertion."

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Mind is the great presiding principle that regulates human life. If the mind chooses the road of virtue, and aspires to true glory through that path, there will be no complaint of innate imbecility or the dominion of accident. The human character will then shine forth, in all its lustre, superior to fortune, and independent of her gifts. For over integrity, diligence, and other qualities, fortune is possessed of no power: She is unable to bestow...
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My respect for your character is founded on this, that, with whatever moderation you have borne the favors of fortune, it was when she frowned that you always seemed to rise the highest, erect and firm amidst the shocks of adversity."

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Perhaps of all undertakings, there is no more delicate and difficult, than to address advice to the ear of power; to a sovereign prince, to a celebrated general, or, in a word, to him, who is elevated to authority over his fellow men. This is true, in the first place, because the great never want advisers: And secondly, because to look, with clearness into the future, far exceeds the keenest foresight, and the most consummate wisdom. Besides, we ...
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Success will seldom be missed, if we have the ambition of excellence."

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The ascendancy which is obtained by valor, must, like other architecture, be firmly supported; lest, through negligence or weakness, it be injured by accident, and yield to decay. Power is a possession ever liable to envy. No man will submit to it without constraint; and he, who is destined to rule over others, must, at all events, become an object of terror, not from his temper, or his conduct, which must be moderate and just, but from the licen...
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The danger that is open and honorable, intrepidity may face, and will in the end vanquish. But the ruffian, who stabs in the dark, men of courage and virtue are unprepared to resist: They are ignorant of his arts, and unsuspicious of his purposes, and they too often perish by the blow.
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The danger that is open and honorable, intrepidity may face, and will in the end vanquish. But the ruffian, who stabs in the dark, men of courage and virtue are unprepared to resist: They are ignorant of his arts, and unsuspicious of his purposes, and they too often perish by the blow."

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The faculties of man are of a twofold description, those of the mind, and those of the body. The mind is given us as the ruling principle, the body merely as the subservient. By the one we perceive our relation to the Gods; our resemblance to the brute creation is attested by the other. On this account, it has ever appeared to me, that the truest glory consists in the efforts of genius, not in the display of corporal vigor; and since our span of ...
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The moral effect of commemorating past transactions is beyond a doubt. It was observed by Quintus Maximus, Publius Scipio and others, that even the contemplation of the images of their ancestors had a powerful effect in inciting them to virtue and to honest fame. Not that the wax itself, or the figure which was impressed upon it, could possess the magic influence. It was the voice of glory which eloquently spoke through that inanimate substance. ...
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