Polybius Quotes (6 quotes)
“Since the masses of the people are inconstant, full of unruly desires, passionate, and reckless of consequences, they must be filled with fears to keep them in order. The ancients did well, therefore, to invent gods, and the belief in punishment after death.”
As quoted in The Fine Art of Baloney Detection by Carl Sagan from The Demon-Haunted World.
“This is a sworn treaty made between us, Hannibal... and Xenophanes the Athenian... in the presence of all the gods who possess Macedonia and the rest of Greece.”
Histories, VII, 9, 4 (Loeb, W.R. Paton) - The Histories
The General History of Polybius as translated by James Hampton' (1762)Vol. II pp. 177-178 - The Histories
“There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.”
Afterthoughts (1931 edition)
Section 2, member 3. - The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
“A rise in wages, from an alteration in the value of money, produces a general effect on price, and for that reason it produces no real effect whatever on profits.”
On the Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation, David Ricardo, John Murray, 1821, p. 48
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
―Robert A. Heinlein
Quoted as a proverb in Heinlein's book "Glory Road" (1963)
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Bio: Polybius, Greek Πολύβιος) was a Greek historian of the Hellenistic Period noted for his work, The Histories, which covered the period of 220 146 BC in detail. The work describes in part the rise of the Roman Republic and its gradual domination over Greece.