Authors - Publius Tacitus

Brief Biography

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (AD 56 - AD 117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works -- the Annals and the Histories -- examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors. These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus in AD 14 to (presumably) the death of emperor Domitian in AD 96. There are substantial lacunae in the surviving texts, including one four books long in the Annals. - Wikipedia

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Quote 198by Anonymous on 21/12/2010

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.
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    Quote 633by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

    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.
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      Quote 641by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

      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.
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        Quote 944by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

        Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
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          Quote 1172by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

          It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.
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            Quote 1252by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

            Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
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              Quote 1790by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

              In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
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                Quote 2004by Anonymous on 20/01/2011

                A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
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                  Quote 2075by Anonymous on 22/01/2011

                  Abuse, if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
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                    Quote 2716by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                    Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
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                      Quote 3386by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                      To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.
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                        Quote 3765by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                        Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
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                          Quote 3784by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                          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.
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                            Quote 3801by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                            When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
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                              Quote 3819by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                              Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
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                                Quote 3973by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
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                                  Quote 4023by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                  Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
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                                    Quote 4060by Anonymous on 13/02/2011

                                    A bad peace is even worse than war.
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                                      Quote 4084by Anonymous on 14/02/2011

                                      Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
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                                        Quote 4386by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                        The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
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                                          Quote 4424by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                                          No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
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                                            Quote 4480by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                            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.
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                                              Quote 5105by Anonymous on 18/05/2011

                                              He had a certain frankness and generosity, qualities indeed which turn to a man's ruin, unless tempered with discretion.
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                                                Quote 5508by Anonymous on 08/07/2011

                                                In stirring up tumult and strife, the worst men can do the most, but peace and quiet cannot be established without virtue.
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                                                  Quote 5700by Anonymous on 20/08/2011

                                                  No hatred is so bitter as that of near relations.
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                                                    Quote 5893by Anonymous on 03/09/2011

                                                    It is the rare fortuene of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.
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                                                      Quote 6163by Anonymous on 14/09/2011

                                                      Keen at the start, but careless at the end.
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