Roman Senator and Historian
"Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure"
"Mercury is the deity whom they chiefly worship, and on certain days they deem it right to sacrifice to him even with human victims."
"Neglected calumny soon expires; show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth."
"More colloquially: They rob, kill and plunder all under the deceiving name of Roman Rule. They make a desert and call it peace."
"No one in Germany laughs at vice, nor do they call it the fashion to corrupt and to be corrupted."
"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."
"Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it."
"Pliability and liberality, when not restrained within due bounds, must ever turn to the ruin of their possessor."
"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 civilization, when it was but a part of their servitude."
"Style, like the human body, is specially beautiful when the veins are not prominent and the bones cannot be counted."
"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."
"Such being the happiness of the times, that you may think as you wish, and speak as you think."
"The mob have neither judgment nor principle,--ready to bawl at night for the reverse of what they desired in the morning."
"The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms, armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced except by taxes."
"The principal office of history I take to be this: to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten, and that evil words and deeds should fear an infamous reputation with posterity."
"Then there is the usual scene when lovers are excited with each other, quarrels, entreaties, reproaches, and then fondling reconcilement."
"There were in him candor and generosity, which, unless tempered by due moderation, lead to ruin."
"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."