Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE)

“Are we never to make changes? Because a thing had not been done before–and in a young country there are lots of things which have not been done before–is that a reason for never doing it, however great the benefits it may bring?”

  • From a speech attributed to the tribune Canuleius by Livy in the History of Rome (Book 4, chapter 3)translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt. New York: Penguin Classics, 2002.

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