During a few days' halt near Vesontio for the provision of corn and other supplies, a panic arose from inquiries made by our troops and remarks uttered by Gauls and traders, who affirmed that the Germans were men of a mighty frame and an incredible valour and skill at arms.
— Julius Caesar
It was the wont of the immortal gods sometimes to grant prosperity and long impunity to men whose crimes they were minded to punish in order that a complete reverse of fortune might make them suffer more bitterly.
I have lived long enough both in years and in accomplishments.
I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.
In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
Men willingly believe what they wish.
Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.
The die is cast.
Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.
I am prepared to resort to anything, to submit to anything, for the sake of the commonwealth.
Experience is the teacher of all things.
I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.
Which death is preferably to every other? 'The unexpected'.
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.
I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.
I have always reckoned the dignity of the republic of first importance and preferable to life.
It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish.
It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.
Men freely believe that which they desire.
No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.
Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.