Pliny the Elder Quotes (17 quotations)

1. From the end spring new beginnings. - Pliny the Elder

2. Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man. - Pliny the Elder

3. 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. - Pliny the Elder

4. In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain. - Pliny the Elder

5. Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected? - Pliny the Elder

6. No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments. - Pliny the Elder

7. 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. - Pliny the Elder

8. The best plan is to profit by the folly of others. - Pliny the Elder

9. 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. - Pliny the Elder

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

11. The only certainty is that nothing is certain. - Pliny the Elder

12. The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own -even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being. - Pliny the Elder

13. There is always something new out of Africa. - Pliny the Elder

14. This only is certain, that there is nothing certain; and nothing more miserable and yet more arrogant than man. - Pliny the Elder

15. To conclude, all other living creatures live orderly and well, after their own kind: we see them flock and gather together, and ready to make head and stand against all others of a contrary kind: the lions as fell and savage as they be, fight not with one another: serpents sting not serpents, nor bite one another with their venomous teeth: nay the very monsters and huge fishes of the sea, war not amongst themselves in their own kind: but believe me, man at man's hand receiveth most harm and mischief. - Pliny the Elder

16. Truth comes out in wine. - Pliny the Elder

17. Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual? - Pliny the Elder

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