Quotes by Cornelius Tacitus

A bad peace is even worse than war.
– Cornelius Tacitus
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
– Cornelius Tacitus
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
– Cornelius Tacitus
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.
– Cornelius Tacitus
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Custom adapts itself to expediency.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
– Cornelius Tacitus
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.
– Cornelius Tacitus
It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, with the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, with the discords of families.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
– Cornelius Tacitus
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
– Cornelius Tacitus
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
– Cornelius Tacitus
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
– Cornelius Tacitus
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
– Cornelius Tacitus