Tacitus, fully Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus

Tacitus, fully Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus

Roman Senator and Historian

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Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it.

Such being the happiness of the times, that you may think as you wish, and speak as you think.

There were in him candor and generosity, which, unless tempered by due moderation, lead to ruin.

We accomplish more by prudence than by force.

On the whole, one would say that their strength is in their infantry, which fights along with the cavalry; admirably adapted to the action of the latter is the swiftness of certain foot soldiers, who are picked from the entire youth of their country, and stationed in front of the line.

The changeful change of circumstances.

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.

We are corrupted by good fortune.

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

The Germans themselves I should regard as aboriginal, and not mixed at all with other races through immigration or intercourse. For in former times, it was not by land but on shipboard that those who sought to emigrate would arrive; and the boundless and, so to speak, hostile ocean beyond us,is seldom entered by a sail from our world.

They make a desert and they call it peace.

We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times.

Laying aside his resentment, he stores it up to bring it forward with increased bitterness.

Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence.

The gods are on the side of the stronger.

They make a wilderness and call it peace.

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

Mark where his carnage and his conquests cease! He makes a solitude, and calls it — peace.

Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence

The hatred of those who are most nearly connected is the most inveterate.

They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.

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

Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure

Our magistrates discharge their duties best at the beginning; and fall off toward the end.

The love of dominion is the most engrossing passion.

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Roman Senator and Historian