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

— Tacitus

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

97

The hatred of relatives is the most violent.

89

Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure

81

The lust for power, for dominating others, inflames the heart more than any other passion.

77

In valor there is hope.

70

If you would know who controls you see who you may not criticise.

69

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

65

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

57

Traitors are hated even by those whom they prefer.

55

Following Emporer Nero's command, "Let the Christians be exterminated!:" .

. . they [the Christians] were made the subjects of sport; they were covered with the hides of wild beasts and worried to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights.

53

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

47

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

44

About Tacitus

Quotes 220 sayings
Nationality Roman
Profession Historian
Birthday October 16

An honorable death is better than a dishonorable life. [Lat., Honesta mors turpi vita potior.]

42

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

41

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

41

Things forbidden have a secret charm.

36

The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.

35

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

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

34

Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away;

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

32

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

30

An eminent reputation is as dangerous as a bad one.

27

Every recreant who proved his timidity in the hour of danger, was afterwards boldest in words and tongue.

25

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

21

Custom adapts itself to expediency.

21

All bodies are slow in growth but rapid in decay.

18

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

18

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

17

In all things there is a law of cycles.

16

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

16

They make a desert and call it peace.

16

The more corrupt the state, the more laws.

16

It is a part of the nature of man to resist compulsion.

14

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.

13

Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.

13

They even say that an altar dedicated to Ulysses , with the addition of the name of his father, Laertes , was formerly discovered on the same spot, and that certain monuments and tombs with Greek inscriptions, still exist on the borders of Germany and Rhaetia .

12

The word liberty has been falsely used by persons who, being degenerately profligate in private life, and mischievous in public, had no hope left but in fomenting discord.

11

The grove is the centre of their whole religion.

It is regarded as the cradle of the race and the dwelling-place of the supreme god to whom all things are subject and obedient.

11

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.

11

It is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others.

11

Great empires are not maintained by timidity.

10

The worst hatred is that of relatives.

9

If we must fall, we should boldly meet our fate.

9

Flattery labors under the odious charge of servility.

9

He (Tiberius) was wont to mock at the arts of physicians, and at those who, after thirty years of age, needed counsel as to what was good or bad for their bodies.

9

Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.

9

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

8

What is today supported by precedents will hereafter become a precedent.

8

A man in power, once becoming obnoxious, his acts, good or bad, will work out his ruin.

8

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

8
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