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Polybius Quotes

There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.
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If history is deprived of the Truth, we are left with nothing but an idle, unprofitable tale.

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The particular aspect of history which both attracts and benefits its readers is the examination of causes and the capacity, which is the reward of this study, to decide in each case the best policy to follow. Now in all political situations we must understand that the principle factor which makes for success or failure is the form of a state's constitution: it is from this source, as if from a fountainhead, that all designs and plans of action not only originate but reach their fulfillment.

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A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.

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The common people feel themselves oppressed by the grasping of some, and their vanity is flattered by others. Fired with evil passions, they are no longer willing to submit to control, but demand that everything be subject to their authority. The invariable result is that government assumes the noble names of free and popular, but becomes in fact the most execrable thing, mob rule.

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Knowing how to win is the first step. We must also know how to make use of our victories.

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For peace, with justice and honor, is the fairest and most profitable of possessions, but with disgrace and shameful cowardice, it is the most infamous and harmful of all.

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[There can be no] rational administration of government when good men are held in the same esteem as bad ones.

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On any occasion when one can discover the cause of events, one should not resort to the gods.

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