Rome wasn’t build in a day

“Rome wasn’t built in a day” is an adage attesting to the need for time to create great things. It is the usual English translation of a medieval French phrase, «Rome ne fu[t] pas faite toute en un jour»

The proverb was well enough known for Queen Elizabeth I to have in cluded it in a public address that she made on a visit to Cambridge in 1564:

“But this common saying has given me a certain amount of comfort – a saying which cannot take away, but can at least lessen, the grief that I feel; and the saying is, that Rome was not built in one day.”