Quotes by Pliny The Elder

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Pliny the Elder (23-79) was a Roman encyclopedist. His greatest and only surviving work, the "Natural History", has been called one of the most influential books ever written in Latin. more

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Home is where the heart is.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain.
The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
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.
Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.
The happier the moment the shorter.
The master's eye is the best fertilizer.
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.
Compassion and shame come over one who considers how precarious is the origin of the proudest of living beings: often the smell of a lately extinguished lamp is enough to cause a miscarriage. And to think that from such a frail beginning a tyrant or butcher may be born! You who trust in your physical strength, who embrace the gifts of fortune and consider yourself not their ward but their son, you who have a domineering spirit, you who consider yourself a god as soon as success swells your breast, think how little could have destroyed you!
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.

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