Tacitus has written an entire work on the manners of the Germans. This work is short, but it comes from the pen of Tacitus, who was always concise, because he saw everything at a glance.
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, Book XXX, Section 2.
Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant. They make a wilderness and they call it peace.Tacitus
Perdomita Britannia et statim omissa. Britain was conquered and immediately lost.Tacitus
Deos fortioribus adesse. The gods support those who are stronger.Tacitus
Elegantiae arbiter. The arbiter of taste.Tacitus
Idque apud imperitos humanitas vocabatur, cum pars servitutis esset.Tacitus
Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.Tacitus
Think of your forefathers and posterity.
Et maiores vestros et posteros cogitate.
Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris.Tacitus
Tu vero felix, Agricola, non vitae tantum claritate, sed etiam opportunitate mortis.Tacitus
The Germans themselves I should regard as aboriginal, and not mixed at all with other races through immigration or intercourse. For in former times, it was not by land but on shipboard that those who sought to emigrate would arrive; and the boundless and, so to speak, hostile ocean beyond us,is seldom entered by a sail from our world.Tacitus
Quanquam severa illic matrimoniaTacitus
…ibi boni mores valent quam alibi bonae leges . Tacitus
No one in Germany laughs at vice, nor do they call it the fashion to corrupt and to be corrupted.Tacitus
Indeed, the crowning proof of their valour and their strength is that they keep up their superiority without harm to others.Tacitus
All this is unauthenticated, and I shall leave it open.Tacitus
It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.Tacitus
He possessed a peculiar talent of producing effect in whatever he said or did.Tacitus
Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.Tacitus
Conspicuous by his absence.Tacitus
He had talents equal to business, and aspired no higher.Tacitus
He upbraided Macro, in no obscure and indirect terms, "with forsaking the setting sun and turning to the rising".Tacitus
So true is it that all transactions of preeminent importance are wrapt in doubt and obscurity; while some hold for certain facts the most precarious hearsays, others turn facts into falsehood; and both are exaggerated by posterity.Tacitus
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.Tacitus
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.Tacitus
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