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…)
Nec vitia nostra nec remedia tolerare possumus.
“We are able to tolerate neither our vice nor its remedy.”
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.