Tacitus Quotes

Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus.
Who the first inhabitants of Britain were, whether natives or immigrants, remains obscure; one must remember we are dealing with barbarians.
Tacitus (c. 55-120), Roman historian. Agricola, sect. 11.
To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire: they make a desolation and they call it peace.
Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. Agricola, sct. 30. Ascribed by Tacitus to a Scottish chief, Calgacus, on the Roman victory at Mons Graupius, near Inverness.
It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.
Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. Agricola, sct. 42.
The arbiter of taste.
Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. Annals, bk. 15, ch. 18. Referring to the satirist Petronius, often given the name Arbiter.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. Quoting the British chief Calgalus speaking of the Romans, in Agricola, sect. 30.
They make a wilderness and call it peace. (Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant.)
Tacitus (c. 55-120), Roman historian. Tacitus, in Agricola, sect. 30. Quoting the British chief Calgalus, speaking of the Romans.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
Tacitus (c. 55-120), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 1, sect. 28. On the assassination of Emperor Galba.
The principle office of history I take to be this: to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten, and that evil words and deeds should fear an infamous reputation with posterity.
Tacitus (c. 55-117), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 3, sect. 65.
The principal office of history I take to be this: to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten, and that evil words and deeds should fear an infamous reputation with posterity.
Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120), Roman historian. The Histories, bk. 3, sct. 65.