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TACITUS (CAIUS CORNELIUS TACITUS)
Roman historian
(c. 55 - 117)
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If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger.
  [Lat., Si cadere necesse est, occurendum discrimini.]
      - Annales (II, 1, 33) [Danger]

We accomplish more by prudence than by force.
  [Lat., Plura consilio quam vi perficimus.]
      - Annales (II, 26) [Prudence]

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay: falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
  [Lat., Veritas visu et mora, falsa festinatione et incertis valescunt.]
      - Annales (II, 39) [Truth]

The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair through fear alone.
  [Lat., Fortes et strenuos etiam contra fortunam insistere, timidos et ignoros ad desperationem formidine properare.]
      - Annales (II, 46) [Bravery]

In the struggle between those seeking power there in no middle course.
  [Lat., Imperium cupientibus nihil medium inter summa et praecipitia.]
      - Annales (II, 74) [Power]

None grieve so ostentatiously as those who rejoice most in heart.
  [Lat., Nulla jactantius moerent quam qui maxime laetantur.]
      - Annales (II, 77) [Grief]

We extol ancient things, regardless of our own times.
  [Lat., Vetera extollimus recentium incuriosi.]
      - Annales (II, 88) [Age]

The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
  [Lat., Corruptissima republica, plurimae leges.]
      - Annales (III, 27) [Law]

A peace may be so wretched as not to be ill exchanged for war.
  [Lat., Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari.]
      - Annales (III, 44) [Peace]

Even war is better than a wretched peace.
  [Lat., Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari.]
      - Annales (III, 44) [War]

In all things there is a kind of law of cycles.
  [Lat., Rebus cunctis inest quidam velut orbis.]
      - Annales (III, 55) [Law]

All inconsiderate enterprises are impetuous at first, but soon lanquish.
  [Lat., Omnia inconsulti impetus coepta, initiis valida, spatio languescunt.]
      - Annales (III, 58) [Business]

The principal office of history I take to be this: to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten, and that evil words and deeds should fear an infamous reputation with posterity.
  [Lat., Praecipium munus annalium reor, ne virtutes sileantur, utque pravis dictis, factisque ex posteritate et infamia metus sit.]
      - Annales (III, 65) [History]

He shone with the greater splendor, because he was not seen.
  [Lat., Eo magis praefulgebat quod non videbatur.]
      - Annales (III, 76) [Obscurity]

He possessed simplicity and liberality, qualities which beyond a certain limit lead to ruin.
  [Lat., Inerat tamen simplicitas ac liberalitas, quae, nisi adsit modus in exitium veruntur.]
      - Annales (III, 86) [Character]

The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.
  [Lat., Etiam sapientibus cupido gloriae novissima exuitur.]
      - Annales (IV) [Fame]

In seasons of tumult and discord bad men have most power; mental and moral excellence require peace and quietness.
  [Lat., In turbas et discordias pessimo cuique plurima vis: pax et quies bonis artibus indigent.]
      - Annales (IV, 1) [Character]

It was rather a cessation of war than a beginning of peace.
  [Lat., Bellum magis desierat, quam pax coeperat.]
      - Annales (IV, 1) [Peace]

Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals.
  [Lat., Liberatem natura etiam mutis animalibus datam.]
      - Annales (IV, 17) [Liberty]

Benefits are acceptable, while the receiver thinks he may return them; but once exceeding that, hatred is given instead of thanks.
  [Lat., Beneficia usque eo laeta sunt dum videntur exsolvi posse; ubi multum antevenere pro gratia odium redditur.]
      - Annales (IV, 18) [Benefit]

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

The most seditious is the most cowardly.
  [Lat., Seditiosissimus quisque ignavus.]
      - Annales (IV, 34) [Revolution]

Posterity gives to every man his true honor.
  [Lat., Suum cuique decus posteritas rependet.]
      - Annales (IV, 35) [Posterity]

When men of talents are punished, authority is strengthened.
  [Lat., Punitis ingeniis, gliscit auctoritas.]
      - Annales (IV, 35) [Punishment]

Every recreant who proved his timidity in the hour of danger, was afterwards boldest in words and tongue.
  [Lat., Ignavissimus quisque, et ut res docuit, in periculo non ausurus, nimis verbis et lingua feroces.]
      - Annales (IV, 62) [Cowards]


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