Custom adapts itself to expediency.
Quote by Tacitus
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make...
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are...
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated,...
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor...
Things forbidden have a secret charm.
Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that...
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding...
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.