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Cornelius Tacitus
0055 - 0117

Roman historian, author of Annals (c. 116 A.D.) and Dialogue on Oratory

Love of fame is the last thing even the wise give up.

from Histories
Corruptisima republica plurimae leges. [The more corrupt a republic, the more laws.]

116 - from Annals III
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth. When perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth, any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.