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Publius Cornelius Tacitus Quotes

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

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It is of eloquence as of a flame it requires matter to feed it, and motion to excite it and it brightens as it burns.

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Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.

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

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Greater things are believed of those who are absent.

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

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A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it.

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We accomplish more by prudence than by force.

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Even war is better than a wretched peace.

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Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.

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Whatever is unknown is magnified.

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

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There is no less danger from great fame than from infamy.

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

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They create desolation, and call it peace.

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Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.

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Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.

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

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Lust of power is the most flagrant of all passions.

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Things forbidden have a secret charm.

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Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals.

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Power acquired by guilt was never used for a good purpose.

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The hatred of relatives is the most violent.

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

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