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    Default Famous Quotes From Rome Total War. Which is your Favourite?

    By Aeschylus
    I think the slain care little if they sleep or rise again.
    A people's voice is dangerous when charged with wrath.
    In war, truth is the first casualty.
    By Aristotle
    War, as the saying goes, is full of false alarms
    We make war so that we may live in peace
    The wise man speaks because he has something to say, the fool because he has to say something
    By Cicero
    The sinews of war are infinite money.
    Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home.
    Silent enim leges inter arma (Laws are silent in times of war).



    Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man's eyes.
    The god of war hates those who hesitate.
    A large army is always disorderly.
    By Julius Caesar
    War gives the right of the conquerors to impose any conditions they please upon the vanquished.
    Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered).
    In war important events result from trivial causes.
    Alea iacta est (The die is cast).
    By Hermocrates
    The true contempt of an invader is shown by deeds of valour in the field.
    When there is mutual fear, men think twice before they make aggression upon one another.
    They have an abundance of gold and silver, and these make war, like other things, go smoothly.
    Nobody is driven in to war by ignorance, and no one who thinks he will gain anything from it is deterred by fear.
    By Herodotus
    In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons.
    Far better it is to have a stout heart always and suffer one's share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen.
    By Hippocrates
    War is the only proper school of the surgeon.
    By Homer
    Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his strength.
    Ye gods, what dastards would our host command? Swept to the war, the lumber of the land.
    Noble and manly music invigorates the spirit, strengthens the wavering man, and incites him to great and worthy deeds.
    He serves me most, who serves his country best.
    To those that flee comes neither power nor glory.
    Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than war.
    The blade itself incites to violence.
    So ends the bloody business of the day.
    A glorious death is his who for his country falls.
    By Horace
    Adversity reveals the genius of a general; good fortune conceals it.
    A wise man in times of peace prepares for war.
    Bella detesta matribus (Wars are the dread of mothers).
    Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country).
    Quae caret ora cruore nostro? (What coast knows not our blood?)
    By Livy
    To a good general luck is important.
    The outcome corresponds less to expectations in war than in any other case whatsoever.
    Vae victis (Woe to the vanquished).
    By Ovid
    The gods favour the bold.
    Fas est et ab hoste doceri (It is right to learn, even from the enemy).
    By Pericles
    I am more afraid of our own mistakes than of our enemies' designs.
    Men of Athens, I do not have much time for exhortation, but to the brave a few words are as good as many...
    By Plato
    The rulers of the State are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying.
    Every care must be taken that our auxiliaries, being stronger than our citizens, may not grow too much for them and become sa***e beasts.
    Only the dead have seen the end of war.
    By Plautus
    Ah, yes, mere infantry - poor beggars...
    The valiant profit more their country than the finest, cleverest speakers.
    Victi vincimus (Conquered, we conquer).
    By Polybius
    A good general not only sees the way to victory, he also knows when victory is impossible.
    In war we must always leave room for strokes of fortune, and accidents that cannot be foreseen.
    By Publilius Syrus
    The cruelty of war makes for peace.
    Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many.
    We should provide in peace what we need in war.
    Necessity knows no law except to conquer.
    It is a bad plan that cannot be altered.
    He is best secure from dangers who is on his guard even when he seems safe.
    By Seneca the Younger
    If a man does not know to what port he is sailing, no wind is favourable.
    The fortunes of war are always doubtful.
    Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
    By Sophocles
    Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.
    It is the brave man's part to live with glory, or with glory die.
    By Sun Tzu
    All warfare is based on deception.
    He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.
    Generally management of the many is the same as management of the few. It is a matter of organization.
    In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power.
    By Tacitus
    Even the bravest are frightened by sudden terrors.
    The proper arts of a general are judgement and prudence.
    A bad peace is even worse than war.
    The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
    Valour is the contempt of death and pain.
    Great empires are not maintained by timidity.
    They make a solitude and call it peace.
    By Thucydides
    War is not so much a matter of weapons as of money.
    A collision at sea can ruin your entire day.
    Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.
    The strong did what they could, and the weak suffered what they must.
    By Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
    Few men are born brave; many become so through training and force of discipline.
    A general is not easily overcome who can form a true judgement of his own and the enemy's forces.
    What can a soldier do who charges when out of breath?
    Valour is superior to numbers.
    Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum (Let him who desires peace prepare for war).
    An ambush, if discovered and promptly surrounded, will repay the intended mischief with interest.
    An adversary is more hurt by desertion than by slaughter.
    We die today not only for our friends and family but for our gods and for our forefathers and men before them so pray to them to make us victorious
    By Virgil
    Bella, horida bella (Wars, horrid wars!)
    Let all be present and expect the palm, the prize of victory.
    By Xenophon
    When one side goes against the enemy with the gods' gift of stronger morale, then their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them.
    Willing obedience always beats forced obedience.
    Miscellaneous
    Brave men are a city's strongest tower of defence - Alcaeus
    Against danger it pays to be prepared - Aesop
    The Spartans do not ask how many but where they are - Agis II of Sparta
    A dead enemy always smells good - Alus Vitellus
    War spares not the brave but the cowardly - Anacreon
    It is the noblest and safest thing for a great army to be visibly animated by one spirit - Archidamus of Sparta
    Ah! The generals! They are numerous but not good for much! - Aristophanes
    If a man does not strike first, he will be the first struck - Athenagoras of Syracuse
    Come home with this shield or upon it - A Spartan woman equips her son
    Varus, give me back my legions - Augustus Caesar : After the defeat and annihilation of Varus's column in Teutoberg Forest
    Let them hate us as long as they fear us - Caligula
    To lead untrained people to war is to throw them away - Confucius
    Only the brave enjoy noble and glorious deaths - Dionysius
    To an imperial city nothing is inconsistent which is expedient - Euphemus of Athens
    The walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots - Ezekiel, XXVI, 10
    Alta sedent civilis vulnera dextrae (Deep are the wounds that civil strife inflicts) - Lucan
    It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another - Lucretius
    To brave men, the prizes that war offers are liberty and fame - Lycurgus of Sparta
    Hannibal knew how to gain a victory, but not how to use it - Maharbal
    The man who runs away will fight again - Menander
    A small country cannot contend with a great; the few cannot contend with the many; the weak cannot contend with the strong - Mencius
    Soldiers do not like being under the command of one who is not of noble birth - Onosander
    He conquers who endures - Persius
    An alliance with the powerful is never to be trusted - Phaedrus
    In the moment of action remember the value of silence and order - Phormio of Athens
    War is sweet to those who have never experienced it - Pindar
    Extraordinary rains pretty generally fall after great battles - Plutarch
    How are the mighty fallen in the midst of battle! - II Samuel, I, 25
    Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war - Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, III, 1
    In war we must be speedy - Silius Italicus
    A disorderly mob is no more an army than a heap of building materials is a house - Socrates
    Learn to obey before you command - Solon of Athens
    Fortes fortuna adiuvat (Fortune favours the bold) - Terence
    Who was the first that forged the deadly blade? Of rugged steel his sa***e soul was made - Tibullus
    Proverbs and Maxims
    Other quotations from Rome: Total War are proverbs and maxims. Here are some of them.


    Maxims
    March divided and fight concentrated.
    Divide and conquer.

    Proverbs
    After the war is over, make alliances - Greek proverb
    Flet victus, victor interiit (The conquered mourns, the conqueror is undone) - Latin proverb
    Timidi mater non flet (A coward's mother does not weep) - Latin proverb
    Arms keep peace - Latin proverb
    Fortis cadere, cedere non potest (A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield) - Latin proverb
    To blunder twice is not allowed in war - Latin proverb
    Victory loves prudence - Latin proverb (In this case "Victory" is the Roman goddess Victoria)
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    My favourite is:

    "Fortes fortuna adiuvat (Fortune favours the bold)" - Terence


    I find this one strange and funny:

    "Extraordinary rains pretty generally fall after great battles" - Plutarch


    I also enjoy the poetic ones, which help me to imagine I am experiencing real history, like:

    "Who was the first that forged the deadly blade? Of rugged steel his sa***e soul was made" - Tibullus
    Proverbs and Maxims

    "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country)."- Horace

    "Quae caret ora cruore nostro? (What coast knows not our blood?)"- Horace

    "Come home with this shield or upon it" - A Spartan woman equips her son

    "Men of Athens, I do not have much time for exhortation, but to the brave a few words are as good as many..." - Pericles

    ...and...

    'Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war' - Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, III, 1


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    I must (as I always do whenever such a discussion pops up) correct one misquote. In:

    Soldiers do not like being under the command of one who is not of noble birth - Onosander

    The correct translation should be:

    Soldiers do not like being under the command of one who is not famous - Onosander

    In that book (the "Strategikos"), Onosander repeatedly states that noble birth is no indicator for leadership abilities, so it's a bit ironic how it appears like he's saying the exact opposite in that quote.


    I like Timidi mater non flet (A coward's mother does not weep) - Latin proverb

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    Come home with this shield or upon it" - A Spartan woman equips her son

    That one is my favourite. I find it interesting mainly because that woman is valuing the shield more than her own son.

    Crazy stuff went on back then.

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    I like that one it moves me and it has meaning to it.

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    you know that one was in the movie 300 and honestly I never realized how many quotes they put into the game wow theres just so many

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    She doesn't value the shield more than her son. It was spartan custom to carry dead warriors home on their shield. So she is actually just saying: Come home alive or dead. To a spartan it wouldn't matter either way.

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    Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum (Let him who desires peace prepare for war) by Vegetius

    It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another by Lucretius

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    I don't know if these quotes are in the game, but this are my favorite ancient quotes:


    "Cowards die many times before their actual deaths."
    "Experience is the teacher of all things. "
    "I love the name of honor, more than I fear death."

    Julius Caesar

    "I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."
    "There is nothing impossible to him who will try. "

    Alexander the Great

    "An unjust peace is better than a just war."
    "Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow."
    "In time of war the laws are silent."
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurfyrsten View Post
    She doesn't value the shield more than her son. It was spartan custom to carry dead warriors home on their shield. So she is actually just saying: Come home alive or dead. To a spartan it wouldn't matter either way.
    yep to spartans it is not wether they live or die but the glory of the battle.

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