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Other men have acquired fame by industry, but this man by indolence. [Lat., Utque alios industria, ita hunc ignavia ad vamam protulat.]

Idleness Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (XVI, 18)

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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.]

Cowards Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (IV, 62)

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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.

Medicine Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (bk. VI, ch. XLVI)

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When a woman has lost her chastity, she will shrink from no crime. [Lat., Neque femina amissa pudicitia alia abneurit.]

Chastity Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (IV, 3)

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The changeful change of circumstances. [Lat., Varia sors rerum.]

Circumstance Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Historioe (bk. II, 70)

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A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it. [Lat., Aspere facetiae, ubi nimis ex vero traxere, Acram sui memoriam relinquunt.]

Jesting Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (XV, 68)

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He shone with the greater splendor, because he was not seen. [Lat., Eo magis praefulgebat quod non videbatur.]

Obscurity Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (III, 76)

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The most seditious is the most cowardly. [Lat., Seditiosissimus quisque ignavus.]

Revolution Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (IV, 34)

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Rumor does not always err; it sometimes even elects a man.

Rumor Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Agricola (IX)

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Posterity gives to every man his true honor. [Lat., Suum cuique decus posteritas rependet.]

Posterity Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (IV, 35)

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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.]

Absence Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (bk. III, ch. 76), from the funeral of Junia

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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.]

Benefits Quotes, by Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) , Source: Annales (IV, 18)

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