Quotes by Roman Historian Tacitus


The hatred of relatives is the most violent. Tacitus

Things forbidden have a secret charm. Tacitus

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

Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors. Tacitus

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

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

In all things there is a law of cycles. Tacitus

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

All bodies are slow in growth but rapid in decay. Tacitus

It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. Tacitus

The more corrupt the state, the more laws. Tacitus
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Forbidden things have a secret charm. Tacitus

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

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

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

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

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

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


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