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Publius Cornelius Tacitus Quotes

(55-117 AD), Roman Historian

Greater things are believed of those who are absent.

Category: Absence

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.

Category: Adversity

We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.

Category: Adversity

Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.

Category: Age And Aging

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.

Category: Assassination

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

Category: Character

Things forbidden have a secret charm.

Category: Charm

All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.

Category: Cities And City Life

If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger.

Category: Courage

The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.

Category: Courage

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

Category: Critics And Criticism

In all things there is a law of cycles.

Category: Cycles

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

Category: Empire

Custom adapts itself to expediency.

Category: Expediency

The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.

Category: Fame