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#1. It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks. - Author: Tacitus
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#2. Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant. They make a wilderness and they call it peace. - Author: Tacitus
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#3. A bad peace is worse than war. - Author: Tacitus
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#4. Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions - Author: Tacitus
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#5. Neglected, calumny soon expires, show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth. - Author: Tacitus
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#6. It is a principle of nature to hate those whom you have injured. - Author: Tacitus
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#7. Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure - Author: Tacitus
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#8. Yet the age was not so utterly destitute of virtues but that it produced some good examples.
[Lat., Non tamen adeo virtutum sterile seculum, ut non et bona exempla prodiderit.] - Author: Tacitus
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#9. A man in power, once becoming obnoxious, his acts, good or bad, will work out his ruin. - Author: Tacitus
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#10. The most detestable race of enemies are flatterers. - Author: Tacitus
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#11. Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. - Author: Tacitus
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#12. When men of talents are punished, authority is strengthened.
[Lat., Punitis ingeniis, gliscit auctoritas.] - Author: Tacitus
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#13. Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari. Even war is preferable to a shameful peace. - Author: Tacitus
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#14. Modern houses are so small we've had to train our dog to wag its tail up and down and not sideways. - Author: Tacitus
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#15. To ravage, to slaughter, to steal, this they give the false name of empire; and where they create a desert, they call it peace. - Author: Tacitus
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#16. Style, like the human body, is specially beautiful when the veins are not prominent and the bones cannot be counted. - Author: Tacitus
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#17. Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. - Author: Tacitus
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#18. A cowardly populace which will dare nothing beyond talk.
[Lat., Vulgus ignavum et nihil ultra verba ausurum.] - Author: Tacitus
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#19. Reckless adventure is the fool's hazard. - Author: Tacitus
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#20. Things are not to be judged good or bad merely because the public think so. - Author: Tacitus
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#21. The love of dominion is the most engrossing passion. - Author: Tacitus
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#22. The injustice of a government is proportional to the number of its laws. - Author: Tacitus
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#23. The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all. - Author: Tacitus
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#24. It was rather a cessation of war than a beginning of peace.
[Lat., Bellum magis desierat, quam pax coeperat.] - Author: Tacitus
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#25. When [Servius Galba] was a commoner he seemed too big for his station, and had he never been emperor, no one would have doubted his ability to reign. - Author: Tacitus
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#26. No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor. - Author: Tacitus
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#27. It is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others. - Author: Tacitus
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#28. Viewed from a distance, everything is beautiful. - Author: Tacitus
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#29. An honorable death is better than a dishonorable life.
[Lat., Honesta mors turpi vita potior.] - Author: Tacitus
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#30. Christianity is a pestilent superstition. - Author: Tacitus
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#31. It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt. - Author: Tacitus
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#32. Greater things are believed of those who are absent. - Author: Tacitus
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#33. The task of history is to hold out for reprobation every evil word and deed, and to hold out for praise every great and noble word and deed. - Author: Tacitus
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#34. 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.] - Author: Tacitus
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#35. He realized that monarchy was essential to peace, and that the price of freedom was violence and disorder. - Author: Tacitus
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#36. The unknown always passes for the marvellous. - Author: Tacitus
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#37. None make a greater show of sorrow than those who are most delighted. - Author: Tacitus
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#38. Things forbidden have a secret charm. - Author: Tacitus
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#39. Secure against the designs of men, secure against the malignity of the Gods, they have accomplished a thing of infinite difficulty; that to them nothing remains even to be wished. - Author: Tacitus
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#40. Who the first inhabitants of Britain were, whether natives or immigrants, remains obscure; one must remember we are dealing with barbarians. - Author: Tacitus
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#41. None grieve so ostentatiously as those who rejoice most in heart.
[Lat., Nulla jactantius moerent quam qui maxime laetantur.] - Author: Tacitus
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#42. A woman once fallen will shrink from no impropriety. - Author: Tacitus
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#43. Every great example of punishment has in it some injustice, but the suffering individual is compensated by the public good. - Author: Tacitus
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#44. The sciences throw an inexpressible grace over our compositions, even where they are not immediately concerned; as their effects are discernible where we least expect to find them. - Author: Tacitus
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#45. People flatter us because they can depend upon our credulity. - Author: Tacitus
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#46. Once killing starts, it is difficult to draw the line. - Author: Tacitus
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#47. To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes; nor may a man thus disgraced be present at the sacred rites, or enter their council; many, indeed, after escaping from battle, have ended their infamy with the halter. - Author: Tacitus
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#48. Adversity deprives us of our judgment. - Author: Tacitus
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#49. Step by step they were led to things which dispose to vice, the lounge, the bath, the elegant banquet. All this in their ignorance they called civilisation, when it was but a part of their servitude. - Author: Tacitus
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#50. 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. - Author: Tacitus
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#51. By punishing men of talent we confirm their authority. - Author: Tacitus
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#52. No hatred is so bitter as that of near relations. - Author: Tacitus
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#53. If we must fall, we should boldly meet our fate. - Author: Tacitus
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#54. The views of the multitude are neither bad nor good.
[Lat., Neque mala, vel bona, quae vulgus putet.] - Author: Tacitus
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#55. All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. - Author: Tacitus
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#56. Reason and calm judgment, the qualities specially belonging to a leader. - Author: Tacitus
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#57. The changeful change of circumstances.
[Lat., Varia sors rerum.] - Author: Tacitus
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#58. Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors. - Author: Tacitus
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#59. The word liberty has been falsely used by persons who, being degenerately profligate in private life, and mischievous in public, had no hope left but in fomenting discord. - Author: Tacitus
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#60. Valor is the contempt of death and pain. - Author: Tacitus
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#61. All ancient history was written with a moral object; the ethical interest predominates almost to the exclusion of all others. - Author: Tacitus
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#62. The wicked find it easier to coalesce for seditious purposes than for concord in peace. - Author: Tacitus
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#63. Nothing mortal is so unstable and subject to change as power which has no foundation. - Author: Tacitus
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#64. What is today supported by precedents will hereafter become a precedent. - Author: Tacitus
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#65. Benefits are acceptable, while the receiver thinks he may return them; but once exceeding that, hatred is given instead of thanks.
[Lat., Beneficia usque eo laeta sunt dum videntur exsolvi posse; ubi multum antevenere pro gratia odium redditur.] - Author: Tacitus
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#66. The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. - Author: Tacitus
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#67. Deos fortioribus adesse. The gods support those who are stronger. - Author: Tacitus
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#68. The Romans brought devestation, but they called it peace. - Author: Tacitus
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#69. 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. - Author: Tacitus
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#70. When perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed. - Author: Tacitus
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#71. Zealous in the commencement, careless in the end. - Author: Tacitus
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#72. In peace alone reason was heard and merit distinguished; but in the rage of war the blind steel spared the innocent no more than the guilty. - Author: Tacitus
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#73. We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched. - Author: Tacitus
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#74. It is the nature of the human disposition to hate him whom you have injured. - Author: Tacitus
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#75. Every recreant who proved his timidity in the hour of danger, was afterwards boldest in words and tongue. - Author: Tacitus
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#76. Posterity will pay everyone their due. - Author: Tacitus
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#77. A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it. - Author: Tacitus
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#78. Then there is the usual scene when lovers are excited with each other, quarrels, entreaties, reproaches, and then fondling reconcilement. - Author: Tacitus
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#79. Everything unknown is magnified.
[Lat., Omne ignotum pro magnifico est.] - Author: Tacitus
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#80. It is human nature to hate the one whom you have hurt. - Author: Tacitus
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#81. A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all. - Author: Tacitus
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#82. [The Jews have] an attitude of hostility and hatred towards all others. - Author: Tacitus
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#83. [Asiaticus responds] Ask your sons, Suillius. They will testify to my masculinity. - Author: Tacitus
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#84. Rumor does not always err; it sometimes even elects a man. - Author: Tacitus
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#85. Good turns are pleasing only in so far as they seem repayable; much beyond that we repay with hatred, not gratitude. - Author: Tacitus
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#86. The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off. - Author: Tacitus
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#87. When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing. - Author: Tacitus
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#88. 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 . - Author: Tacitus
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#89. The love of fame is a love that even the wisest of men are reluctant to forgo. - Author: Tacitus
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#90. There are odious virtues; such as inflexible severity, and an integrity that accepts of no favor. - Author: Tacitus
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#91. Necessity reforms the poor, and satiety reforms the rich. - Author: Tacitus
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#92. Keen at the start, but careless at the end. - Author: Tacitus
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#93. When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad. - Author: Tacitus
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#94. Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from. - Author: Tacitus
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#95. Kindness, so far as we can return it, is agreeable. - Author: Tacitus
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#96. Rumor is not always wrong - Author: Tacitus
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#97. Even for learned men, love of fame is the last thing to be given up. - Author: Tacitus
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#98. One who is allowed to sin, sins less - Author: Tacitus
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#99. Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay. - Author: Tacitus
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#100. In valor there is hope. - Author: Tacitus
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