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Quotations From TACITUS

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  • 1.
    No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
    Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 1, sct. 49. This summary of the character of the Emperor Galba is regarded as a masterpiece of epigrammatic writing. (Omnium consensu capax imperii nisi imperasset.).
  • 2.
    A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
    Tacitus (c. 55-120), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 1, sect. 28. On the assassination of Emperor Galba.
  • 3.
    Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
    Tacitus.
  • 4.
    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.
    Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 3, sct. 65.

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  • 5.
    Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
    Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 4, sct. 29.
  • 6.
    The principle 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.
    Tacitus (c. 55-117), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 3, sect. 65.

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  • 7.
    They make a wilderness and call it peace.
    (Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant.)
    Tacitus (c. 55-120), Roman historian. Tacitus, in Agricola, sect. 30. Quoting the British chief Calgalus, speaking of the Romans.

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  • 8.
    The arbiter of taste.
    Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. Annals, bk. 15, ch. 18. Referring to the satirist Petronius, often given the name Arbiter.
  • 9.
    It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.
    Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. Agricola, sct. 42.

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  • 10.
    Who the first inhabitants of Britain were, whether natives or immigrants, remains obscure; one must remember we are dealing with barbarians.
    Tacitus (c. 55-120), Roman historian. Agricola, sect. 11.

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