(55-120), Roman historian
All things now held to be old were once new.—What today we hold up by example, will rank hereafter as precedent.
Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it.
Neglected calumny soon expires; show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth.
It is of eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it, and motion to excite it; and it brightens as it burns.
Pliability and liberality, when not restrained within due bounds, must ever turn to the ruin of their possessor.
Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies.
The hatred of those who are most nearly connected is the most inveterate.
It is human nature to hate him whom you have injured.
This I hold to be the chief office of history, to rescue virtuous actions from the oblivion to which a want of records would consign them, and that men should feel a dread of being considered infamous in the opinions of posterity, from their depraved expressions and base actions.
He who is next heir to supreme power, is always suspected and hated by him who actually wields it.
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
Power acquired by guilt has seldom been directed to any good end or useful purpose.
Prosperity is the touchstone of virtue: it is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
The hatred of those who are the most nearly connected, is the most inveterate.
Necessity reforms the poor, and satiety the rich.
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has any one who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth, any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Truth is established by investigation and delay; falsehood prospers by precipitancy.