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 :: Famous Quotations by Publius Cornelius Tacitus (39 Quotations)

 :: 55-117 AD, Roman Historian

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Posterity will pay everyone their due.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Past]

 

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Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Misfortunes]

 

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Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Guilt]

 

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So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Soldier]

 

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The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Courage]

 

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The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Security]

 

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The hatred of relatives is the most violent.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Family]

 

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The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Fame]

 

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The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms. Armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Taxes and Taxation]

 

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They make a wilderness and call it peace.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Peace]

 

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Things are not to be judged good or bad merely because the public think so.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Opinions]

 

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Things forbidden have a secret charm.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Charm]

 

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Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Inheritance]

 

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To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Empire]

 

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Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Valor]

 

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We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Adversity]

 

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When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Modesty]

 

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