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Famous Tacitus Quotations

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Quote Left A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all. Quote Right
Quote Left To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it Quote Right
Quote Left It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar -- that I call an achievement. Quote Right
Quote Left He had a certain frankness and generosity, qualities indeed which turn to a man's ruin, unless tempered with discretion. Quote Right
Quote Left Abuse, if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it Quote Right
Quote Left In stirring up tumult and strife, the worst men can do the most, but peace and quiet cannot be established without virtue. Quote Right
Quote Left The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone. Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. Quote Right
Quote Left In times of tumult and discord bad men have the most power mental and moral excellence require peace and quiteness. Quote Right
Quote Left No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor Quote Right
Quote Left 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 Quote Right
Quote Left It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured Quote Right
Quote Left Greater things are believed of those who are absent. Quote Right
Quote Left It is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others. Quote Right
Quote Left I am my nearest neighbour. Quote Right
Quote Left Rumor is not always wrong. - from Life of Agricola Quote Right
Quote Left They make a wilderness and call it peace. (Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant.) Quote Right
Quote Left Keen at the start, but careless at the end. Quote Right
Quote Left There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. Quote Right
Quote Left It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, with the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, with the discords of families Quote Right
Quote Left It is easier for a republican form of government to be applauded than realized Quote Right
Quote Left Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty Quote Right
Quote Left The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise Quote Right
Quote Left It is the rare fortuene of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks. Quote Right
Quote Left No hatred is so bitter as that of near relations. Quote Right
Quote Left All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. Quote Right
Quote Left Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor. Quote Right
Quote Left A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man Quote Right
Quote Left The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government. Quote Right
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