Quotes by: Tacitus

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Tacitus
Modern statue representing Tacitus
outside the Austrian Parliament Building
Born c. 56 AD
Died c. 120 AD (aged c. 64)
Occupation Senator, consul, governor, historian
Genre History, Silver Age of Latin
Subject History, biography, oratory

It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Tacitus
Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
Tacitus
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
Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
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
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
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
Tacitus
It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay.
Tacitus
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
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.
Tacitus
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
Tacitus
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