This is a popular sentiment, but as I sit here reading and translating my Latin homework I’m always struck by how applicable these lines are ( I think my translation is right, but you may want to go to the source for yourself, I’m also reading a watered-down version for beginners but…)

Livy:

Nec vitia nostra nec remedia tolerare possumus.

“We are able to tolerate neither our vice nor its remedy.”

Cicero:

Ubi l?g?s valent, ibi populus l?ber potest val?re.

“Where the laws are strong, there the free population thrives.”

Those Romans sure could write magnificently about rapid declines.