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.
Perdomita Britannia et statim omissa. Britain was conquered and immediately lost.Tacitus
Deos fortioribus adesse. The gods support those who are stronger.Tacitus
Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari. Even war is preferable to a shameful peace.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.
On the whole,one would say that their strength is in their infantry, which fights along with the cavalry; admirably adapted to the action of the latter is the swiftness of certain foot soldiers, who are picked from the entire youth of their country, and stationed in front of the line.Tacitus
Mercury is the deity whom they chiefly worship, and on certain days they deem it right to sacrifice to him even with human victims.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
He possessed a peculiar talent of producing effect in whatever he said or did.Tacitus
Once killing starts, it is difficult to draw the line.Tacitus
Some might consider him as too fond of fame; for the desire for glory clings even to the best men longer than any other passion.Tacitus
Deos fortioribus adesse.Tacitus
Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.Tacitus
Conspicuous by his absence.Tacitus
He had talents equal to business, and aspired no higher.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