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 :: 55-117 AD, Roman Historian

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A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Assassination]

 

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Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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All bodies are slow in growth but rapid in decay.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Health]

 

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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.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Prudence]

 

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All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Cities and City Life]

 

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Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Moderation]

 

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Custom adapts itself to expediency.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Expediency]

 

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Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Fear]

 

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Forbidden things have a secret charm.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Scarcity]

 

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Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Absence]

 

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If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Courage]

 

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In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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In all things there is a law of cycles.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Cycles]

 

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It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Hatred]

 

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It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Misfortunes]

 

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Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Adversity]

 

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No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Character]

 

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Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Age and Aging]

 

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Posterity gives every man his true value.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus - [Posterity]

 

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