Tacitus Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tacitus quotes, tacitus sayings, and tacitus proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.     

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It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.     

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Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.     

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Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.     

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Greater things are believed of those who are absent.     

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Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears.     

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If you would know who controls you see who you may not criticise.     

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

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Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.     

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More faults are often committed while we are trying to oblige than while we are giving offense.     

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Valor is the contempt of death and pain.     

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In private enterprises men may advance or recede, whereas they who aim at empire have no alternative between the highest success and utter downfall.     

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The persecution of genius fosters its influence.     

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The lust of dominion burns with a flame so fierce as to overpower all other affections of the human breast.     

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To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.     

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A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.     

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The hatred of relatives is the most violent.     

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The worst hatred is that of relatives.     

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Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.     

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Reckless adventure is the fool's hazard.     

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No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.     

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He shone with the greater splendor, because he was not seen.     

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Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.     

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