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Tacitus
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Whatever is unknown is magnified. Tacitus
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The hatred of those who are near to us is most violent. Tacitus
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It is common, to esteem most what is most unknown. Tacitus
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Adversity deprives us of our judgment. Tacitus
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None make a greater show of sorrow than those who are most delighted. Tacitus
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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
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The unknown always passes for the marvellous. Tacitus
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The desire for glory clings even to the best men longer than any other passion. Tacitus
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Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Tacitus
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To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it. Tacitus
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All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. Tacitus
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When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing. Tacitus
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Reason and calm judgment, the qualities specially belonging to a leader. Tacitus
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It is a characteristic of the human mind to hate the man one has injured. Tacitus
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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
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[Of the Romans:] They make a desert and call it peace. Tacitus
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The love of fame is a love that even the wisest of men are reluctant to forgo. Tacitus
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Eloquence wins its great and enduring fame quite as much from the benches of our opponents as from those of our friends. Tacitus
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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
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In the struggle between those seeking power there in no middle course. Tacitus
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They make a desert and call it peace. Tacitus
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Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood. Tacitus
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Corruptisima republica plurimae leges. Tacitus
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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
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If we must fall, we should boldly meet our fate. Tacitus
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We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times. [Lat., Vetera extollimus recentium incuriosi.] Tacitus
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Experience teaches. [Lat., Experientia docet.] Tacitus
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All inconsiderate enterprises are impetuous at first, but soon lanquish. [Lat., Omnia inconsulti impetus coepta, initiis valida, spatio languescunt.] Tacitus
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[That form of] eloquence, the foster-child of licence, which fools call liberty. [Lat., Eloquentia, alumna licentiae, quam stulti libertatem vocabant.] Tacitus
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When men of talents are punished, authority is strengthened. [Lat., Punitis ingeniis, gliscit auctoritas.] Tacitus
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Kindness, so far as we can return it, is agreeable. Tacitus
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More faults are often committed while we are trying to oblige than while we are giving offense. Tacitus
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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. Tacitus
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A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man. Tacitus
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It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay. Tacitus
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Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. Tacitus
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Things forbidden have a secret charm. Tacitus
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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. Tacitus
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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
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Modern houses are so small we've had to train our dog to wag its tail up and down and not sideways. Tacitus
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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
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No hatred is so bitter as that of near relations. Tacitus
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Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin. Tacitus
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They make solitude, which they call peace. Tacitus
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Crimes succeed by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay. Tacitus
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One who sets off to the best advantage his every act and speech. Tacitus
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Modest fame is not to be despised by the highest characters. Tacitus
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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
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Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws. Tacitus
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In valor there is hope. Tacitus
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The desire of glory is the last infirmity cast off even by the wise. Tacitus
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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
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Bodies are slow of growth, but are rapid in their dissolution. [Lat., Corpora lente augescent, cito extinguuntur.] Tacitus
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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
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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
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If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger. [Lat., Si cadere necesse est, occurendum discrimini.] Tacitus
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By punishing men of talent we confirm their authority. Tacitus
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Zealous in the commencement, careless in the end. Tacitus
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Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth. Tacitus
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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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When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied. Tacitus
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Deos fortioribus adesse. The gods support those who are stronger. Tacitus
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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
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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
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Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals. Tacitus
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Who the first inhabitants of Britain were, whether natives or immigrants, remains obscure; one must remember we are dealing with barbarians. Tacitus
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Think of your forefathers and posterity. Tacitus
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The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government. Tacitus
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The arbiter of taste. Tacitus
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Every recreant who proved his timidity in the hour of danger, was afterwards boldest in words and tongue. Tacitus
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