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Tacitus Quote: “Nothing mortal is so unstable and subject to change as power which has no foundation.”
Tacitus Quote: “Every great example of punishment has in it some injustice, but the suffering individual is compensated by the public good.”
Tacitus Quote: “In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.”
Tacitus Quote: “No hatred is so bitter as that of near relations.”
Tacitus Quote: “The most detestable race of enemies are flatterers.”
Tacitus Quote: “Posterity will pay everyone their due.”
Tacitus Quote: “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.”
Tacitus Quote: “A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it.”
Tacitus Quote: “Secure against the designs of men, secure against the malignity of the Gods, they have accomplished a thing of infinite difficulty; that to them nothing remains even to be wished.”
Tacitus Quote: “Falsehood avails itself of haste and uncertainty.”
Tacitus Quote: “Tacitus was son- in-law to Agricola; and while filial piety breathes through his work, he never departs from the integrity of his own character.”
Tacitus Quote: “So obscure are the greatest events, as some take for granted any hearsay, whatever its source, others turn truth into falsehood, and both errors find encouragement with posterity.”
Tacitus Quote: “Such being the happiness of the times, that you may think as you wish, and speak as you think.”
Tacitus Quote: “It is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others.”
Tacitus Quote: “If we must fall, we should boldly meet our fate.”
Tacitus Quote: “The persecution of genius fosters its influence.”
Tacitus Quote: “At length they gradually deviated into a taste for those luxuries which stimulate to vice; porticos, and baths, and the elegancies of the table; and this, from their inexperience, they termed politeness, whilst, in reality, it constituted a part of their slavery.”
Tacitus Quote: “The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms, armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes.”
Tacitus Quote: “Conspicuous by his absence.”
Tacitus Quote: “Neglected, calumny soon expires, show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth.”
Tacitus Quote: “Indeed, the crowning proof of their valour and their strength is that they keep up their superiority without harm to others.”
Tacitus Quote: “Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence.”
Tacitus Quote: “But the more I reflect on events recent and past, the more I am struck by the element of the absurd in everything humans do.”
Tacitus Quote: “Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.”
Tacitus Quote: “What is today supported by precedents will hereafter become a precedent.”
Tacitus Quote: “The lust of dominion burns with a flame so fierce as to overpower all other affections of the human breast.”
Tacitus Quote: “Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Take your time to decide don’t rush.”
Tacitus Quote: “The hatred of those who are near to us is most violent.”
Tacitus Quote: “By punishing men of talent we confirm their authority.”
Tacitus Quote: “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 Quote: “This I hold to be the chief office of history, to rescue virtuous actions from the oblivion to which a want of records would consign them, and that men should feel a dread of being considered infamous in the opinions of posterity, from their depraved expressions and base actions.”
Tacitus Quote: “The love of fame is a love that even the wisest of men are reluctant to forgo.”
Tacitus Quote: “Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.”
Tacitus Quote: “We have indeed left an impressive example of subservience. Just as Rome of old explored the limits of freedom, so have we plumbed the depths of slavery, robbed by informers even of the interchange of speech. We would have lost our memories as well as our tongues had it been as easy to forget as to be silent.”
Tacitus Quote: “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.”
Tacitus Quote: “So true is it that all transactions of preeminent importance are wrapt in doubt and obscurity; while some hold for certain facts the most precarious hearsays, others turn facts into falsehood; and both are exaggerated by posterity.”
Tacitus Quote: “Tacitus has written an entire work on the manners of the Germans. This work is short, but it comes from the pen of Tacitus, who was always concise, because he saw everything at a glance.”
Tacitus Quote: “Then there is the usual scene when lovers are excited with each other, quarrels, entreaties, reproaches, and then fondling reconcilement.”
Tacitus Quote: “Good turns are pleasing only in so far as they seem repayable; much beyond that we repay with hatred, not gratitude.”
Tacitus Quote: “Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.”
Tacitus Quote: “Who, to say nothing about the perils of an awful and unknown sea, would have left Asia or Africa or Italy to look for Germany?”
Tacitus Quote: “Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears.”
Tacitus Quote: “Even honor and virtue make enemies, condemning, as they do, their opposites by too close a contrast.”
Tacitus Quote: “War will of itself discover and lay open the hidden and rankling wounds of the victorious party.”
Tacitus Quote: “None make a greater show of sorrow than those who are most delighted.”
Tacitus Quote: “Eloquence wins its great and enduring fame quite as much from the benches of our opponents as from those of our friends.”
Tacitus Quote: “Even for learned men, love of fame is the last thing to be given up.”
Tacitus Quote: “Legions and fleets are not such sure bulwarks of imperial power as a numerous family.”
Tacitus Quote: “Bottling up his malice to be suppressed and brought out with increased violence.”
Tacitus Quote: “It is more reverent to believe in the works of the Deity than to comprehend them.”
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