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Tacitus

Roman Historian
Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (ca. AD 56 – ca. AD 117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors. These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus in AD 14 to (presumably) the death of emperor Domitian in AD 96. There are enormous lacunae in the surviving texts, including one four books long in the Annals.Other works by Tacitus discuss oratory (in dialogue format, see Dialogus de oratoribus), Germania (in De origine et situ Germanorum), and biographical notes about his father-in-law Agricola, primarily during his campaign in Britannia (see De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae).Tacitus was an author writing in the latter part of the Silver Age of Latin literature. His work is distinguished by a boldness and sharpness of wit, and a compact and sometimes unconventional use of Latin.
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Quotes by Tacitus

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

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Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.

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Custom adapts itself to expediency.

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When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.

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To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.

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Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.

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Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.

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A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.

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He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.

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A bad peace is even worse than war.

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When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.

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Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.

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Forbidden things have a secret charm.

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The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms. Armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes.

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The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

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All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.

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They make a wilderness and call it peace.

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Posterity will pay everyone their due.

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Things are not to be judged good or bad merely because the public think so.

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Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.

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So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.

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No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.

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Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.

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The more corrupt the state, the more laws.

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In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.

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