Tacitus

Tacitus

Roman senator and historian

Lived from: 56-120 AD

Category: Politics | History and sociology

Quotes: Tacitus

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    A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
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    Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
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    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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    All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
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    Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
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    Custom adapts itself to expediency.
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    Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.
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    Forbidden things have a secret charm.
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    Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
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    If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger.
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    In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
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    In all things there is a law of cycles.
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    It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.
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    It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
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    Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
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