Rome: Total War

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Rome: Total War

The PC game Rome: Total War was created by The Creative Assembly and was published by SEGA. It was released in 2004.

Quotes by famous people

Some of the quotes in Rome: Total War are a collection of quotes attributed to some of history's most famous personalities:

By Aeschylus

  • I think the slain care little if they sleep or rise again.
  • A people's voice is dangerous when charged with wrath.
  • In war, truth is the first casualty.

By Aristotle

  • War, as the saying goes, is full of false alarms
  • We make war so that we may live in peace
  • The wise man speaks because he has something to say, the fool because he has to say something

By Cicero

  • The sinews of war are infinite money.
  • Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home.
  • Silent enim leges inter arma (Laws are silent in times of war).

By Euripides

  • Courage may be taught as a child is taught to speak.
  • Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man's eyes.
  • The god of war hates those who hesitate.
  • A large army is always disorderly.

By Julius Caesar

  • War gives the right of the conquerors to impose any conditions they please upon the vanquished.
  • Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered).
  • In war important events result from trivial causes.
  • Alea iacta est (The die is cast).

By Hermocrates

  • The true contempt of an invader is shown by deeds of valour in the field.
  • When there is mutual fear, men think twice before they make aggression upon one another.
  • They have an abundance of gold and silver, and these make war, like other things, go smoothly.
  • Nobody is driven in to war by ignorance, and no one who thinks he will gain anything from it is deterred by fear.

By Herodotus

  • In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons.
  • Far better it is to have a stout heart always and suffer one's share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen.

By Hippocrates

  • War is the only proper school of the surgeon.

By Homer

  • Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his strength.
  • Ye gods, what dastards would our host command? Swept to the war, the lumber of the land.
  • Noble and manly music invigorates the spirit, strengthens the wavering man, and incites him to great and worthy deeds.
  • He serves me most, who serves his country best.
  • To those that flee comes neither power nor glory.
  • Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than war.
  • The blade itself incites to violence.
  • So ends the bloody business of the day.
  • A glorious death is his who for his country falls.

By Horace

  • Adversity reveals the genius of a general; good fortune conceals it.
  • A wise man in times of peace prepares for war.
  • Bella detesta matribus (Wars are the dread of mothers).
  • Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country).
  • Quae caret ora cruore nostro? (What coast knows not our blood?)

By Livy

  • To a good general luck is important.
  • The outcome corresponds less to expectations in war than in any other case whatsoever.
  • Vae victis (Woe to the vanquished).

By Ovid

  • The gods favour the bold.
  • Fas est et ab hoste doceri (It is right to learn, even from the enemy).

By Pericles

  • I am more afraid of our own mistakes than of our enemies' designs.
  • I do not have much time for exhortation, but to the brave a few words are as good as many...

By Plato

  • The rulers of the States are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying.
  • Every care must be taken that our auxiliaries, being stronger than our citizens, may not grow too much for them and become savage beasts.
  • Only the dead have seen the end of war.

By Plautus

  • Ah, yes, mere infantry - poor beggars...
  • The valiant profit more their country than the finest, cleverest speakers.
  • Victi vincimus (Conquered, we conquer).

By Polybius

  • A good general not only sees the way to victory, he also knows when victory is impossible.
  • In war we must always leave room for strokes of fortune, and accidents that cannot be foreseen.

By Publilius Syrus

  • The cruelty of war makes for peace.
  • Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many.
  • We should provide in peace what we need in war.
  • Necessity knows no law except to conquer.
  • It is a bad plan that cannot be altered.
  • He is best secure from dangers who is on his guard even when he seems safe.

By Seneca the Younger

  • If a man does not know to what port he is sailing, no wind is favourable.
  • The fortunes of war are always doubtful.
  • Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.

By Sophocles

  • Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.
  • It is the brave man's part to live with glory, or with glory die.

By Sun Tzu

  • All warfare is based on deception.
  • He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.
  • Generally management of the many is the same as management of the few. It is a matter of organization.
  • In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power.

By Tacitus

  • Even the bravest are frightened by sudden terrors.
  • The proper arts of a general are judgement and prudence.
  • A bad peace is even worse than war.
  • The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
  • Valour is the contempt of death and pain.
  • Great empires are not maintained by timidity.
  • They make a solitude and call it peace.

By Thucydides

  • War is not so much a matter of weapons as of money.
  • A collision at sea can ruin your entire day.
  • Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.
  • The strong did what they could, and the weak suffered what they must.

By Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

  • Few men are born brave; many become so through training and force of discipline.
  • A general is not easily overcome who can form a true judgement of his own and the enemy's forces.
  • What can a soldier do who charges when out of breath?
  • Valour is superior to numbers.
  • Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum (Let him who desires peace prepare for war).
  • An ambuscade, if discovered and promptly surrounded, will repay the intended mischief with interest.
  • An adversary is more hurt by desertion than by slaughter.
  • We die today not only for our friends and family but for our gods and for our forefathers and men before them so pray to them to make us victorious

By Virgil

  • Bella, horida bella (Wars, horrid wars!)
  • Let all be present and expect the palm, the prize of victory.

By Xenophon

  • When one side goes against the enemy with the gods' gift of stronger morale, then their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them.
  • Willing obedience always beats forced obedience.


  • Brave men are a city's strongest tower of defence - Alcaeus
  • Against danger it pays to be prepared - Aesop
  • The Spartans do not ask how many but where they are - Agis II of Sparta
  • A dead enemy always smells good - Alus Vitellus
  • War spares not the brave but the cowardly - Anacreon
  • It is the noblest and safest thing for a great army to be visibly animated by one spirit - Archidamus of Sparta
  • Ah! The generals! They are numerous but not good for much! - Aristophanes
  • If a man does not strike first, he will be the first struck - Athenogoras of Syracuse
  • Come home with this shield or upon it - A Spartan woman equips her son
  • Varus, give me back my legions - Augustus Caesar : After the defeat and annihilation of Varus's column in Teutoberg Forest
  • Let them hate us as long as they fear us - Caligula
  • To lead untrained people to war is to throw them away - Confucius
  • Only the brave enjoy noble and glorious deaths - Dionysius
  • To an imperial city nothing is inconsistent which is expedient - Euphemus of Athens
  • The walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots - Ezekiel, XXVI, 10
  • Alta sedent civilis vulnera dextrae (Deep are the wounds that civil strife inflicts) - Lucan
  • It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another - Lucretius
  • To brave men, the prizes that war offers are liberty and fame - Lycurgus of Sparta
  • Hannibal knew how to gain a victory, but not how to use it - Maharbal
  • The man who runs away will fight again - Menander
  • A small country cannot contend with a great; the few cannot contend with the many; the weak cannot contend with the strong - Mencius
  • Soldiers do not like being under the command of one who is not of noble birth - Onosander
  • He conquers who endures - Persius
  • An alliance with the powerful is never to be trusted - Phaedrus
  • In the moment of action remember the value of silence and order - Phormio of Athens
  • War is sweet to those who have never experienced it - Pindar
  • Extraordinary rains pretty generally fall after great battles - Plutarch
  • How are the mighty fallen in the midst of battle! - II Samuel, I, 25
  • Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war - Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, III, 1
  • In war we must be speedy - Silius Italicus
  • A disorderly mob is no more an army than a heap of building materials is a house - Socrates
  • Learn to obey before you command - Solon of Athens
  • Fortes fortuna adiuvat (Fortune favours the brave) - Terence
  • Who was the first that forged the deadly blade? Of rugged steel his savage soul was made - Tibullus

Proverbs and Maxims

Other quotes from Rome: Total War are proverbs and maxims. Here are some of them.


  • March divided and fight concentrated.
  • Divide and conquer.


  • After the war is over, make alliances - Greek proverb
  • Flet victus, victor interiit (The conquered mourns, the conqueror is undone) - Latin proverb
  • Timidi mater non flet (A coward's mother does not weep) - Latin proverb
  • Arms keep peace - Latin proverb
  • Fortis cadere, cedere non potest (A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield) - Latin proverb
  • To blunder twice is not allowed in war - Latin proverb
  • Victory loves prudence - Latin proverb (In this case "Victory" is the Roman goddess Victoria)

Battle Speeches

Besides the above quotes, some of the game's memorable quotes come from the pre-battle speeches made by the game developers. Here are some of them.

  • one of you is worth more than any number of them!
  • Skill and valour still count for something in war!
  • They are worth less than the dirt beneath a toenail!
  • Today is a good day to die! Today is a great day to meet the Gods! So let us send the enemy screaming to meet their Gods today!
  • Victory is near at hand! If all do their duty, it will be OUR victory! Bend your backs to your tasks, and all will be well!
  • We go now to our bloody business.
  • And remember this above all: our Roman Gods are watching! Make sure they are not ashamed!
  • Today the carrion birds feast! But they shall feast on the flesh of our enemies; not on good, Roman flesh!"
  • I want to see blood! I want to BATHE in their blood! I want to bathe in their blood for a week! Now, KILL THEM ALL! (from "bloody" or "bloodthirsty" Roman generals)
  • And for any man of you who comes through this battle mostly unharmed, you shall be my sister, and there shall be free frocks and jollies for all time, you'll see! (from a "dangerously mad" Roman general)
  • I do not fight with a cool head today, I admit it. My eyes see only a red mist. I do not want them to run from battle, I want their heads on our pikes by evening! (from a Roman general with "angry")
  • They have been led here by mewling infants instead of leaders, now they will pay the price! (if the enemy general has poor skills)
  • How terrible it must be to face us; the sons of the wolf and the bear! Even now fear works in the bowels of our foes!(From Barbaric Generals, especially Germanic)
  • We are gathered here today to do battle. Regrettable isn't it? I didn't want to be here myself, but my grandmother told me that I better make a good show out of it. So here it goes. (from a Roman general with "tedious speaker" trait)
  • The enemy war god must have a sense of humour, I mean look at them (from a roman general when the enemy force is heavily damaged and vastly outnumbered)
  • My brave men! Victory shall be ours, by grace of my inspired leadership. But this means I can not risk myself in the front line. I must remain safe, guarded by you my loyal warriors! This is not cowardice, oh no. It is prudence, the handmaiden of victory!(from a roman general with "doubtful courage")
Last modified on 20 November 2008, at 09:26