Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
Quote by Tacitus
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make...
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear...
It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that...
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
Custom adapts itself to expediency.