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Tacitus Quotes

Quotes by Tacitus - (15 quotes)

Tacitus - From the Beginning category:

- b.AD 56 d.AD 117...
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)

Tacitus - From the Belief category:

Greater things are believed of those who are absent. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Character category:

Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Competition category:

Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Criticism category:

- b.AD 56 d.AD 117...
Abuse, if you slight it, will gradually die away, but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Envy category:

When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Fame category:

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

Tacitus - From the Habit category:

Custom adapts itself to expediency. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Insecurity category:

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

Tacitus - From the Leadership category:

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Mysteries category:

Things forbidden have a secret charm. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Prosperity category:

-b.AD 56 d.AD 117...
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Struggle category:

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Tradition category:

Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor. (Tacitus)

Tacitus - From the Truth category:

-b.AD 56 d.AD 117...
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it. (Tacitus)