Tacitus Quotes

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Tacitus Quotes

One who is allowed to sin, sins less
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Viewed from a distance, everything is beautiful.

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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.

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Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.

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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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We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.

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

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

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The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.

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They make a desert and call it peace.

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One who is allowed to sin, sins less

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Indeed, the crowning proof of their valour and their strength is that they keep up their superiority without harm to others.

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Bottling up his malice to be suppressed and brought out with increased violence.

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That cannot be safe which is not honourable.

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There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive.

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The changeful change of circumstances.
[Lat., Varia sors rerum.]

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Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari. Even war is preferable to a shameful peace.

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The images of twenty of the most illustrious families the Manlii, the Quinctii, and other names of equal splendour were carried before it [the bier of Junia]. Those of Brutus and Cassius were not displayed; but for that very reason they shone with pre-eminent lustre.

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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.

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