Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Livy (59 B.C.A.D. 17)
Thus, if there is anyone who is confident that he can advise me as to the best advantage of the state in this campaign which I am about to conduct, let him not refuse his services to the state, but come with me into Macedonia. I will furnish him with his sea-passage, with a horse, a tent, and even travel-funds. If anyone is reluctant to do this and prefers the leisure of the city to the hardships of campaigning, let him not steer the ship from on shore.
LIVY, book 44, chapter 22.Livy, trans. Alfred C. Schlesinger, vol. 13, p. 161 (1951).
Lucius Aemilius Paulus is addressing the people at a public meeting.
President Franklin Roosevelt attacked armchair generals by citing this and preceding passages at his press conference, March 17, 1942: Being of an historical turn of mind, [I figured] that probably some poor devil had gone through this process of annoyance in past years, some previous time in history, so I went quite far back and I found [Lucius Aemilius] it sounds as if it were written in 1942.The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1942, p. 166 (1950).