Quotes by 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.


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.


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.


In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.


It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.


It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.


Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.


Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.


Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.


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