The hatred of relatives is the most violent.

Tacitus on family
53

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

Tacitus on opinion
38

Things forbidden have a secret charm.

Tacitus on charisma
33

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy;

many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.

Tacitus on adversity
19

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

Tacitus on bravery
17

All bodies are slow in growth but rapid in decay.

Tacitus on health
16

In all things there is a law of cycles.

Tacitus on history
14

The more corrupt the state, the more laws.

Tacitus on law
11

Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.

Tacitus on fear
11

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

Tacitus on deceptionlying
9

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

Tacitus on military
8

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

Tacitus on bravery
7

About Tacitus

Name Tacitus
Quotes 51 quotes
Nationality Roman
Profession Historian
Birthday October 16
About 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.
Top topics state, laws, fortune, fear, bear

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

Tacitus on insults
5

Forbidden things have a secret charm.

Tacitus on forbidden
5

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

Tacitus on law
5

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

Tacitus on desire
4

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.

Tacitus on battle
4

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

Tacitus on city
3

Posterity will pay everyone their due.

Tacitus on past
3

Posterity gives every man his true value.

Tacitus on history
3

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

Tacitus on guilt
3

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

Tacitus on character
2

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

Tacitus on adversity
2

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 on assassination
2

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

Tacitus on fortune
2

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.

Tacitus on leadership
2

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

Tacitus on leadership
2

Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.

Tacitus on inheritance
1

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

Tacitus on fame
1

Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away;

but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.

Tacitus on criticism
1

Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.

Tacitus on age
1

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

Tacitus on security
1

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.

Tacitus on prudence
1

The brave and bold persist even against fortune;

the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.

Tacitus on bravery
1

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

Tacitus on bad
1

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

Tacitus on moderation
1

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

Tacitus on corrupt
0

Greater things are believed of those who are absent.

Tacitus on absence
0

When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.

Tacitus on humility
0

Custom adapts itself to expediency.

Tacitus on adapts
0

The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms.

Armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes.

Tacitus on taxation
0

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.

Tacitus on truth
0

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

Tacitus on acknowledge
0

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

Tacitus on corrupt
0

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

Tacitus on bear
0

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

Tacitus on fortune
0

Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.

Tacitus on agreement
0

They make a wilderness and call it peace.

Tacitus on peace
0

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire;

and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.

Tacitus on empire
0

A bad peace is even worse than war.

Tacitus on bad
0