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Pliny the Elder Quotes

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Pliny the Elder
23 - 79
Nationality: Roman
Category: Author
Subcategory: Roman Author

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.


The only certainty is that nothing is certain.


The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.


The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.


An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.


In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.


Truth comes out in wine.


Home is where the heart is.


No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments.


From the end spring new beginnings.


In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.


The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.


There is always something new out of Africa.


It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it.


Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.


Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.


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