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TACITUS (CAIUS CORNELIUS TACITUS)
Roman historian
(c. 55 - 117)
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Neglected, calumny soon expires, show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth.
      - [Calumny]

None make a greater show of sorrow than those who are most delighted.
      - [Proverbs]

Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it.
      - [Business]

One who sets off to the best advantage his every act and speech.
      - [Proverbs]

People flatter us because they can depend upon our credulity.
      - [Flattery]

Power won by crime no one ever yet turned to a good purpose.
      - [Proverbs]

Prosperity is the touchstone of virtue; for it is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
      - [Prosperity]

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
      - [Leadership]

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
      - [Courage]

The hatred of persons related to each other is the most violent.
      - [Hatred]

The love of dominion is the most engrossing passion.
      - [Proverbs]

The lust of dominion burns with a flame so fierce as to overpower all other affections of the human breast.
      - [Power]

The mob have neither judgment nor principle,--ready to bawl at night for the reverse of what they desired in the morning.
      - [Mob]

The most detestable race of enemies are flatterers.
      - [Proverbs]

The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms, armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced except by taxes.
      - [Taxes]

There are odious virtues; such as inflexible severity, and an integrity that accepts of no favor.
      - [Virtue]

There were in him candor and generosity, which, unless tempered by due moderation, lead to ruin.
      - [Generosity]

They make a desert and they call it peace.
      - [Proverbs]

They shone forth the more that they were not seen.
  [Lat., Eo magis praefulgebant quod non videbantur.]
      - adapted from "Annals", bk. III, 76
        [Oblivion]

This I hold to be the chief office of history, to rescue virtuous actions from the oblivion to which a want of records would consign them, and that men should feel a dread of being considered infamous in the opinions of posterity, from their depraved expressions and base actions.
      - [History]

To resist violence is implanted in the nature of man.
      - [Rebellion]

Traitors are hated even by those whom they prefer.
      - [Proverbs]

Truth is strengthened by observation and time, pretences by haste and uncertainty.
      - [Truth]

Valor is the contempt of death and pain.
      - [Valor]

We praise old times, but show no curiosity about modern events.
      - [Proverbs]


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