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Julius Caesar quotes. Famous quotes of Gaius Julius Caesar, roman emperor and a military leader.

Gaius Julius Caesar was born on July 13, 100 B.C and was assassinated on March 15, 44 B.C. He was a statesman, general, and writer, considered by some to have been the greatest man of all time.

Julius Caesar quotes


With Crassus and Pompey, Caesar formed the first Triumvirate. However, when Caesar crossed the Rubicon, he faced Pompey as an enemy. Crossing the Rubicon also made him a traitor to Rome. After defeating the senatorial forces led by Pompey, Caesar became the leader of Rome, soon taking the title of dictator. He was awarded divine posthumous honors, titles, statues, the status of dictator for life (dictator perpetuo).
Caesar was considered brilliant, decisive, resourceful, and calm under pressure. He was strict but fair, and his soldiers were very loyal to him. He was also considered overly ambitious, cruel to his enemies, and unscrupulous in politics. Caesar wrote on grammar, astronomy, philosophy, poetry, and the civil war (De Bello Civile) but his best known work is the De Bello Gallico.

On 15 March 44 BCE, the Roman dictator Julius Caesar was murdered by conspirators including Brutus (his illegitimate son).

Julius Caesar quotes

“Veni, vidi, vici.” “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

“I would rather be first in a small village in Gaul than second in command in Rome”

“In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes”

“I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.”

“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.”

“Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.”

“The die is cast.”

“What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.”

“The evil men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones,”

“Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.”

“As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s minds more seriously than what they see”

“If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.”

“When the swords flash let no idea of love, piety, or even the face of your fathers move you”

“All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures”

“It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.”

“Which death is preferably to every other? “The unexpected.”

“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”

“I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.”

“Men willingly believe what they wish.”

“How to avoid getting stabbed in the back at work.”

“It’s only hubris if I fail,”

Last words of Julius Caesar: “Et tu, Brute?” – “Even you, Brutus?” (after stabbing by conspirators).

Suetonius to Caesar: “Alea iacta est” – “The die is cast.” as he led his army across the River Rubicon in northern Italy. With this step, he entered Italy at the head of his army in defiance and began his long civil war against Pompey and the Optimates.



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