I hate and I love. Perhaps you ask why I do it? I don't know, but I feel it happening and am tortured. LXXXV Variant translations: I hate and I love. You ask me to explain, perhaps. I don’t know. But I feel it happen and the pain is dreadful. I hate and I love: why I do so you may well ask. I do not know, but I feel it happen and am in agony.
Latin proverb, most commonly attributed to Hannibal in response to his generals who had declared it impossible to cross the Alps with elephants; English translation as quoted in Salesmanship and Business Efficiency (1922) by James Samuel Knox, p. 27