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Tacitus quotes

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

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.

To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.

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

A bad peace is even worse than war.

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

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.

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

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

Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.