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Tacitus Quote: “In valor there is hope.”

In valor there is hope.

— Tacitus



Tacitus Quote: “Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “They make a desert and call it peace.”

They make a desert and call it peace.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.”

Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “They terrify lest they should fear.”

They terrify lest they should fear.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “A bad peace is even worse than war.”

A bad peace is even worse than war.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Valor is the contempt of death and pain.”

Valor is the contempt of death and pain.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Great empires are not maintained by timidity.”

Great empires are not maintained by timidity.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The Romans brought devestation, but they called it peace.”

The Romans brought devestation, but they called it peace.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “In the struggle between those seeking power there is no middle course.”

In the struggle between those seeking power there is no middle course.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.”

Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The lust for power, for dominating others, inflames the heart more than any other passion.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Deos fortioribus adesse. The gods support those who are stronger.”

Deos fortioribus adesse. The gods support those who are stronger.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Reason and calm judgment, the qualities specially belonging to a leader.”

Reason and calm judgment, the qualities specially belonging to a leader.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “In seasons of tumult and discord bad men have most power; mental and moral excellence require peace and quietness.”

In seasons of tumult and discord bad men have most power; mental and moral excellence require peace and quietness.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The most seditious is the most cowardly.”

The most seditious is the most cowardly.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “In all things there is a law of cycles.”

In all things there is a law of cycles.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The love of dominion is the most engrossing passion.”

The love of dominion is the most engrossing passion.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Traitors are hated even by those whom they prefer.”

Traitors are hated even by those whom they prefer.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “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.”

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


Tacitus Quote: “Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.”

Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Keen at the start, but careless at the end.”

Keen at the start, but careless at the end.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Things forbidden have a secret charm.”

Things forbidden have a secret charm.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws.”

Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Viewed from a distance, everything is beautiful.”

Viewed from a distance, everything is beautiful.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari. Even war is preferable to a shameful peace.”

Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari. Even war is preferable to a shameful peace.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “So as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth.”

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.”

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The wicked find it easier to coalesce for seditious purposes than for concord in peace.”

The wicked find it easier to coalesce for seditious purposes than for concord in peace.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “By general consent, he would have been capable of ruling, had he not ruled.”

By general consent, he would have been capable of ruling, had he not ruled.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “If you would know who controls you see who you may not criticise.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The unknown always passes for the marvellous.”

The unknown always passes for the marvellous.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “A man in power, once becoming obnoxious, his acts, good or bad, will work out his ruin.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Perdomita Britannia et statim omissa. Britain was conquered and immediately lost.”

Perdomita Britannia et statim omissa. Britain was conquered and immediately lost.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off.”

The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.”

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

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions.”

Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.”

The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant. They make a wilderness and they call it peace.”

Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant. They make a wilderness and they call it peace.

— Tacitus


Tacitus Quote: “A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.”

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

— Tacitus

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