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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Tacitus. (A.D. c. 55–A.D. c. 117)
 
 
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    The images of twenty of the most illustrious families—the Manlii, the Quinctii, and other names of equal splendour—were carried before it [the bier of Junia]. Those of Brutus and Cassius were not displayed; but for that very reason they shone with pre-eminent lustre. 1
          Annales. iii. 76. 11.
2
    He had talents equal to business, and aspired no higher. 2
          Annales. vi. 39, 17.
3
    He [Tiberius] upbraided Macro, in no obscure and indirect terms, “with forsaking the setting sun and turning to the rising.” 3
          Annales. vi. 52 (46).
4
    He possessed a peculiar talent of producing effect in whatever he said or did. 4
          Historiæ. ii. 80.
5
    Some might consider him as too fond of fame; for the desire of glory clings even to the best men longer than any other passion. 5
          Historiæ. iv. 6.
6
    The gods looked with favour on superior courage. 6
          Historiæ. iv. 17.
7
    They make solitude, which they call peace. 7
          Agricola. 30.
8
    Think of your ancestors and your posterity. 8
          Agricola. 32.
9
    It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. 9
          Agricola. 42.
 
Note 1.
Lord John Russell, alluding to an expression used by him (“Conspicuous by his absence”) in his address to the electors of the city of London, said, “It is not an original expression of mine, but is taken from one of the greatest historians of antiquity.” [back]
Note 2.
See Mathew Henry, Quotation 17. [back]
Note 3.
See Plutarch, Quotation 35. [back]
Note 4.
See Chesterfield, Quotation 12. [back]
Note 5.
See Milton, Quotation 277. [back]
Note 6.
See Gibbon, Quotation 6. [back]
Note 7.
See Byron, Quotation 128. [back]
Note 8.
See John Quincy Adams, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 9.
See Seneca, Quotation 2. [back]
 

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