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[ Also see Catchphrases Laws of Life and Nature Old Sayings Proverbial Phrases Proverbs (General) ]

A man in power, once becoming obnoxious, his acts, good or bad, will work out his ruin.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

A woman once fallen will shrink from no impropriety.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Adversity deprives us of our judgment.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Bottling up his malice to be suppressed and brought out with increased violence.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

By punishing men of talent we confirm their authority.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Common report is not always wrong.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Fighting without concert, they suffer universal defeat.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

It is a part of the nature of man to resist compulsion.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

It is not becoming to grieve immoderately for the dead.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Kindness, so far as we can return it, is agreeable.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

None make a greater show of sorrow than those who are most delighted.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

One who sets off to the best advantage his every act and speech.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Power won by crime no one ever yet turned to a good purpose.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

The love of dominion is the most engrossing passion.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

The most detestable race of enemies are flatterers.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

They make a desert and they call it peace.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Traitors are hated even by those whom they prefer.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

We praise old times, but show no curiosity about modern events.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Zealous in the commencement, careless in the end.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

It is human nature to hate those whom we have injured.
  [Lat., Proprium humani ingenii, est odisse quem laeseris.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        Agricola (XLII, 4)

Experience teaches.
  [Lat., Experientia docet.]
      - founded on Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        Annales (bk. V, 6)

Power acquired by guilt was never used for a good purpose.
  [Lat., Imperium flagitio acquisitum nemo unquam bonis artibus exercuit.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (I, 30)

When a woman has lost her chastity, she will shrink from no crime.
  [Lat., Neque femina amissa pudicitia alia abneurit.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV, 3)

The hatred of relatives is the most violent.
  [Lat., Accerima proximorum odia.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV, 70)

Power is more safely retained by cautious than by severe councils.
  [Lat., Potentiam cautis quam acribus consiliis tutius haberi.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XI, 29)

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.
  [Fr., La parole a ete donnce a l'homme pour deguiser sa pensee.]
      - attributed to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord,
        by Barrere in "Memoirs"

The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
      - The Talmud

The sun sets without thy assistance.
      - The Talmud

Blood is thicker than water.
      - attributed to Commodore Josiah Tattnall,
        see 11th ed. of Encyclopedia Britannica

Better fed than taught.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        Jack a Lent, French proverb

God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"), Works
         (vol. II, p. 85)

A lie that is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

A simple maiden in her flower
  Is worth a hundred coats of arms.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

And there is a worm in the lonely wood,
  That pierces the liver and blackens the blood,
    And makes it a sorrow to be.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

As shines the moon in clouded skies,
  She in her poor attire was seen.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

As the sweet voice of a bird,
  Heard by the lander in a lonely isle,
    Moves him to think what kind of bird it is,
      That sings so delicately clear, and make
        Conjecture of the plumage and the form.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Bring in great logs and let them lie
  To make a solid core of heat.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

But that old man, who is lord of the broad estate and the hall,
  Dropped off gorged from a scheme which left us flaccid and drained.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Fall back upon a name? rest, rot in that?
  Not keep it noble, make it nobler? Fools!
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Fill the cup and fill the can,
  Have a rouse before the morn;
    Every minute dies a man,
      Every minute one is born.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

For man is man, and master of his fate.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

He shall find the rugged thistle bursting
  Into glossy purples, that outredden
    All voluptuous garden roses.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

His essences turn the live air sick.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Howe'er it be, it seems to me,
  'Tis only noble to be good;
    Kind hearts are more than coronets,
      And simple faith than Norman blood.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

I sit within a helmless bark.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

In robe and crown the king stepped down,
  To meet and greet her on her way.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Let never maiden think, however fair,
  She is not fairer in new clothes than old.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Like a dog he hunts in dreams.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Like summer tempest came her tears:
  Sweet my child, I live for thee.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Mariana in the moated grange.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        motto for Mariana, taken from Shakespeare "Comedy of Errors", III, i (Vincentio, the Duke)


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