To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
Quote by Tacitus
A bad peace is even worse than war.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated,...
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that...
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding...
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing...
When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear...
Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor...
Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are...
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.
To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.