Words matter. These are the best Tacitus Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
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.
Custom adapts itself to expediency.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
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.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.
Things forbidden have a secret charm.
Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay.
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
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.
It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.
When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
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.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.