Tacitus Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Tacitus quotes, Tacitus sayings, and Tacitus proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. Tacitus
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. Tacitus
It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt. Tacitus
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. Tacitus
Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay. Tacitus
Greater things are believed of those who are absent. Tacitus
Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears. Tacitus
If you would know who controls you see who you may not criticise. Tacitus
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad. Tacitus
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. Tacitus
More faults are often committed while we are trying to oblige than while we are giving offense. Tacitus
Valor is the contempt of death and pain. Tacitus
In private enterprises men may advance or recede, whereas they who aim at empire have no alternative between the highest success and utter downfall. Tacitus
The persecution of genius fosters its influence. Tacitus
The lust of dominion burns with a flame so fierce as to overpower all other affections of the human breast. Tacitus
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. Tacitus
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man. Tacitus
The hatred of relatives is the most violent. Tacitus
The worst hatred is that of relatives. Tacitus
Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood. Tacitus
Reckless adventure is the fool's hazard. Tacitus
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor. Tacitus
He shone with the greater splendor, because he was not seen. Tacitus
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. Tacitus
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor. Tacitus
The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off. Tacitus