Quotes by Roman Historian Tacitus

Greater things are believed of those who are absent. Tacitus

We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched. Tacitus

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. Tacitus

Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor. Tacitus
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A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all. Tacitus

Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards. Tacitus

The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone. Tacitus

If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger. Tacitus

Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop. Tacitus

Things forbidden have a secret charm. Tacitus

All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. Tacitus

Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. Tacitus

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Tacitus

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. Tacitus

The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign. Tacitus

The hatred of relatives is the most violent. Tacitus

Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors. Tacitus

It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. Tacitus

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. Tacitus

Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood. Tacitus


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