Tacitus, fully Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus

Tacitus, fully Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus

Roman Senator and Historian

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Neither above nor below his business.

Rulers always hate and suspect the next in succession.

The proper qualities of a general are judgment and deliberation.

To rob, to ravage, to murder, in their imposing language, are the arts of civil policy. When they have made the world a solitude, they call it peace.

No one in Germany laughs at vice, nor do they call it the fashion to corrupt and to be corrupted.

So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.

The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms, armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced except by taxes.

Traitors are hated even by those whom they prefer.

None grieve so ostentatiously as those who rejoice most in heart.

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.

The views of the multitude are neither bad nor good.

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay: falsehood by haste and uncertainty.

None make a greater show of sorrow than those who are most delighted.

Style, like the human body, is specially beautiful when the veins are not prominent and the bones cannot be counted.

Then there is the usual scene when lovers are excited with each other, quarrels, entreaties, reproaches, and then fondling reconcilement.

Valor is the contempt of death and pain.

Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it.

Such being the happiness of the times, that you may think as you wish, and speak as you think.

There were in him candor and generosity, which, unless tempered by due moderation, lead to ruin.

We accomplish more by prudence than by force.

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.

The changeful change of circumstances.

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.

We are corrupted by good fortune.

One who sets off to the best advantage his every act and speech.

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Roman Senator and Historian