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When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.
Zealous in the commencement, careless in the end.
Bodies are slow of growth, but are rapid in their dissolution.
[Lat., Corpora lente augescent, cito extinguuntur.]
- Agricola (II) [Change]
Rumor does not always err; it sometimes even elects a man.
- Agricola (IX) [Rumor]
Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies.
[Lat., Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes.]
- Agricola (XLI) [Flattery]
It is human nature to hate those whom we have injured.
[Lat., Proprium humani ingenii, est odisse quem laeseris.]
- Agricola (XLII, 4) [Hatred : Proverbs]
As he, though carried off in the prime of life, had lived long enough for glory.
[Lat., Et ipse quidem, quamquam medio in spatio integrae aetatis ereptus, quantum ad gloriam, longissimum aevum peregit.]
- Agricola (XLIV) [Glory]
Everything unknown is magnified.
[Lat., Omne ignotum pro magnifico est.]
- Agricola (XXX) [Ignorance]
To rob, to ravage, to murder, in their imposing language, are the arts of civil policy. When they have made the world a solitude, they call it peace.
[Lat., Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium, atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.]
- Agricola (XXX),
ascribing the speech to Galgacus, Britain's leader against the Romans
An honorable death is better than a dishonorable life.
[Lat., Honesta mors turpi vita potior.]
- Agricola (XXXIII) [Death]
We are corrupted by good fortune.
[Lat., Felicitate corrumpimur.]
- Annales (bk. I, 15) [Fortune]
Yet the age was not so utterly destitute of virtues but that it produced some good examples.
[Lat., Non tamen adeo virtutum sterile seculum, ut non et bona exempla prodiderit.]
- Annales (bk. I, 2) [Virtue]
Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.
[Lat., Victores victosque numquam solida fide coalescere.]
- Annales (bk. II, 7) [Victory]
To prefer victory to peace.
[Lat., Victoriam malle quam pacem.]
- Annales (bk. III, 60) [Victory]
Cassius and Brutus were the more distinguished for that very circumstance that their portraits were absent.
[Lat., Praefulgebant Cassius atque Brutus eo ipso, quod effigies eorum non videbantur.]
- Annales (bk. III, ch. 76),
from the funeral of Junia [Absence]
[Lat., Experientia docet.]
- founded on Annales (bk. V, 6)
[Experience : Proverbs]
A cowardly populace which will dare nothing beyond talk.
[Lat., Vulgus ignavum et nihil ultra verba ausurum.]
- Annales (bk. VI, 22) [Public]
The views of the multitude are neither bad nor good.
[Lat., Neque mala, vel bona, quae vulgus putet.]
- Annales (bk. VI, 22) [Public]
He (Tiberius) was wont to mock at the arts of physicians, and at those who, after thirty years of age, needed counsel as to what was good or bad for their bodies.
- Annales (bk. VI, ch. XLVI) [Medicine]
Such being the happiness of the times, that you may think as you wish, and speak as you think.
[Lat., Rara temporum felicitate, ubi sentire quae velis, et quae sentias dicere licet.]
- Annales (I, 1) [Freedom]
Rulers always hate and suspect the next in succession.
[Lat., Suspectum semper invisumque dominantibus qui proximus destinaretur.]
- Annales (I, 21) [Power]
Power acquired by guilt was never used for a good purpose.
[Lat., Imperium flagitio acquisitum nemo unquam bonis artibus exercuit.]
- Annales (I, 30) [Power : Proverbs]
In the opinion of all men he would have been regarded as capable of governing, if he had never governed.
[Lat., Omnium consensu capax imperii, nisi imperasset.]
- Annales (I, 49) [Government]
Laying aside his resentment, he stores it up to bring it forward with increased bitterness.
[Lat., Odia in longum jaciens, quae reconderet, auctaque promeret.]
- Annales (I, 69) [Revenge]
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