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Tacitus Quotes

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Nationality: Roman
Category: Historian
Subcategory: Roman Historian

Custom adapts itself to expediency.


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


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


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


Things forbidden have a secret charm.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.


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


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.


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.


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