Tacitus Quotes & Wallpapers

Tacitus
Total Quotes: 274


Whatever is unknown is magnified. Tacitus

The hatred of those who are near to us is most violent. Tacitus

The desire for glory clings even to the best men longer than any other passion. Tacitus

It is a characteristic of the human mind to hate the man one has injured. Tacitus

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

Eloquence wins its great and enduring fame quite as much from the benches of our opponents as from those of our friends. Tacitus

To rob, to ravage, to murder, in their imposing language, are the arts of civil policy. When they have made the world a solitude, they call it peace. Tacitus

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

It is common, to esteem most what is most unknown. Tacitus

Adversity deprives us of our judgment. Tacitus

None make a greater show of sorrow than those who are most delighted. Tacitus

Benefits received are a delight to us as long as we think we can requite them; when that possibility is far exceeded, they are repaid with hatred instead of gratitude. Tacitus

The unknown always passes for the marvellous. Tacitus

Their shields are black, their bodies dyed. They choose dark nights for battle, and, by the dread and gloomy aspect of their death-like host, strike terror into the foe, who can never confront their strange and almost infernal appearance. Tacitus

[Of the Romans:] They make a desert and call it peace. Tacitus

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

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

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

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

The love of fame is a love that even the wisest of men are reluctant to forgo. Tacitus

They make a desert and call it peace. Tacitus

Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood. Tacitus

Corruptisima republica plurimae leges. Tacitus

In private enterprises men may advance or recede, whereas they who aim at empire have no alternative between the highest success and utter downfall. Tacitus

If we must fall, we should boldly meet our fate. Tacitus

No hatred is so bitter as that of near relations. Tacitus

Crimes succeed by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay. Tacitus

One who sets off to the best advantage his every act and speech. Tacitus

Modest fame is not to be despised by the highest characters. Tacitus

We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times. [Lat., Vetera extollimus recentium incuriosi.] Tacitus

Experience teaches. [Lat., Experientia docet.] Tacitus

All inconsiderate enterprises are impetuous at first, but soon lanquish. [Lat., Omnia inconsulti impetus coepta, initiis valida, spatio languescunt.] Tacitus

[That form of] eloquence, the foster-child of licence, which fools call liberty. [Lat., Eloquentia, alumna licentiae, quam stulti libertatem vocabant.] Tacitus

When men of talents are punished, authority is strengthened. [Lat., Punitis ingeniis, gliscit auctoritas.] Tacitus

Kindness, so far as we can return it, is agreeable. Tacitus

More faults are often committed while we are trying to oblige than while we are giving offense. Tacitus

Modern houses are so small we've had to train our dog to wag its tail up and down and not sideways. Tacitus

Augustus gradually increased his powers, taking over those of the senate, the executives and the laws. The aristocracy received wealth and position in proportion to their willingness to accept slavery. The state had been transformed, and the old Roman character gone for ever. Equality among citizens was completely abandoned. All now waited on the imperial command. Tacitus

They make solitude, which they call peace. Tacitus

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

They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger... they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor... They ravage, they slaughter, they seize by false pretenses, and all of this they hail as the construction of empire. And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert, they call that peace. Tacitus

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

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

It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay. Tacitus

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

Things forbidden have a secret charm. Tacitus

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. Tacitus

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

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

In valor there is hope. Tacitus

The desire of glory is the last infirmity cast off even by the wise. Tacitus

Who the first inhabitants of Britain were, whether natives or immigrants, remains obscure; one must remember we are dealing with barbarians. Tacitus

There was more courage in bearing trouble than in escaping from it; the brave and the energetic cling to hope, even in spite of fortune; the cowardly and the indolent are hurried by their fears,' said Plotius Firmus, Roman Praetorian Guard. Tacitus

Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals. Tacitus

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth. Tacitus

We praise old times, but show no curiosity about modern events. Tacitus

Yet the age was not so utterly destitute of virtues but that it produced some good examples. Tacitus

All those things that are now field to be of the greatest antiquity were at one time new; what we to-day hold up by example will rank hereafter as precedent. Tacitus

Bodies are slow of growth, but are rapid in their dissolution. [Lat., Corpora lente augescent, cito extinguuntur.] Tacitus

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

Cassius and Brutus were the more distinguished for that very circumstance that their portraits were absent. [Lat., Praefulgebant Cassius atque Brutus eo ipso, quod effigies eorum non videbantur.] Tacitus

If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger. [Lat., Si cadere necesse est, occurendum discrimini.] Tacitus

By punishing men of talent we confirm their authority. Tacitus

Zealous in the commencement, careless in the end. Tacitus

Think of your forefathers and posterity. Tacitus

The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government. Tacitus

The arbiter of taste. Tacitus

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

They even say that an altar dedicated to Ulysses , with the addition of the name of his father, Laertes , was formerly discovered on the same spot, and that certain monuments and tombs with Greek inscriptions, still exist on the borders of Germany and Rhaetia . Tacitus

In stirring up tumult and strife, the worst men can do the most, but peace and quiet cannot be established without virtue. Tacitus



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