If you want rainbow, you have to deal with the rain.

— Augustus

The most unconventional Augustus quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.


We write our names in the sand: and then the waves roll in and wash them away.


At the age of nineteen, on my own initiative and at my own expense, I raised an army by means of which I restored liberty to the republic, which had been oppressed by the tyranny of a faction. For which service the senate, with complimentary resolutions, enrolled me in its order.


Have I played the part well? Then applaud as I exit.


If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance.


The greatest impediments to changes in our traditional roles seem to lie not in the visible world of conscious intent, but in the murky realm of the unconscious mind.


Young men, listen to an old man to whom old men listened when he was young.


The tales of our exploits will survive as long as the human voice itself.


Behold them, conquerors of the world, the toga-clad race of Romans!


What is done well is done quickly enough.


If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance; but since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure.


I had a good mind to discontinue permanently the supply of grain to the city, reliance on which had discouraged Italian agriculture, but refrained because some politician would be bound one day to revive the dole as a means of ingratiating himself with the people.


About Augustus

Quotes 33 sayings
Nationality Roman
Profession Royalty
Birthday October 16

Quintilius Varus, Give me back my legions!


You cheer my heart, who build as if Rome would be eternal.


To seek to keep the established constitution unchanged argues a good citizen and a good man.


Make haste cautiously.


Everyone wants to lead an extraordinary life.


Only that which is well done is quickly done.


Did I play my role well? If so, then applause, because the comedy is finished!


I'd always thought the world was a wish-granting factory.


Better a cautious commander, and not a rash one.


If I have played my part well, clap your hands, and dismiss me with applause from the stage.


Nothing common can seem worthy of you.


Keep our marriage alive, and farewell.


After this time I surpassed all others in authority, but I had no more power than the others who were also my colleagues in office.


He [Julius Caesar] learned that Alexander , having completed nearly all his conquests by the time he was thirty-two years old, was at an utter loss to know what he should do during the rest of his life, whereat Augustus expressed his surprise that Alexander did not regard it as a greater task to set in order the empire which he had won than to win it.


May it be my privilege to have the happiness of establishing the commonwealth on a firm and secure basis and thus enjoy the reward which I desire, but only if I may be called the author of the best possible government; and bear with me the hope when I die that the foundations which I have laid for its future government, will stand firm and stable.


Just as men must give up economic control when their wives share the responsibility for the family's financial well-being, women must give up exclusive parental control when their husbands assume more responsibility for child care.


I came to see a king, not a row of corpses.


I am a man of my word.


Young men, hear an old man to whom old men hearkened when he was young.


Practice, the master of all things.