Quote Du Jour

Sax von Stroheim writes:


Caesar, when informed of these matters, fearing the fickle disposition of the Gauls, who are easily prompted to take up resolutions, and much addicted to change, considered that nothing was to be entrusted to them; for it is the custom of that people to compel travellers to stop, even against their inclination, and inquire what they may have heard, or may know, respecting any matter; and in towns the common people throng around merchants and force them to state from what countries they come, and what affairs they know of there. They often engage in resolutions concerning the most important matters, induced by these reports and stories alone; of which they must necessarily instantly repent, since they yield to mere unauthorised reports; and since most people give to their questions answers framed agreeably to their wishes.

— Julius Caesar, The Gallic Wars (W. A. McDevitte and W. S. Bohn, trans.)

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2 Responses to Quote Du Jour

  1. Took me three tries before the full meaning of the passage sank in. It’s pretty witty. Are you reading The Gallic Wars?


    • Sax von Stroheim says:

      Yes – just reading it now for the first time. Caesar is a pretty sharp observer of human nature, and he has a sense of humor, too, as it turns out.


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