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Read through the most famous quotes from Tacitus

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

— Tacitus

#laws #more #numerous #state

Viewed from a distance, everything is beautiful.

— Tacitus


To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.

— Tacitus

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If you would know who controls you see who you may not criticise.

— Tacitus

#authority #paranoia #anarchism

Great empires are not maintained by timidity.

— Tacitus

#power #roman-empire #rome #timidity #roman

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

— Tacitus

#desire #enterprise #every #great #noble

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.

— Tacitus

#delay #falsehood #haste #inspection #truth

It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.

— Tacitus

#freedom-of-speech #freedom

Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.

— Tacitus

#away #deserved #die #gradually #irritated

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.

— Tacitus

#empire #make #peace #plunder #slaughter

About Tacitus

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Did you know about Tacitus?

In 112 or 113 he held the highest civilian governorship that of the Roman province of Asia in Western Anatolia recorded in the inscription found at Mylasa mentioned above. In 77 or 78 he married Julia Agricola daughter of the famous general Agricola although little is known of their home life save that Tacitus loved hunting and the outdoors. He (and his property) survived Domitian's reign of terror (81–96) but the experience left him jaded and perhaps ashamed at his own complicity giving him the hatred of tyranny which is so evident in his works.

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (56 AD – 117 AD) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. Other writings by him discuss oratory (in dialogue format see Dialogus de oratoribus) Germania (in De origine et situ Germanorum) and the life of his father-in-law Agricola the Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain mainly focusing on his campaign in Britannia (De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae).

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