Pliny the Elder Quotes

Pliny the Elder

Roman scholar & scientist (23 AD - 79 AD)

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With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.

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Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?

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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.

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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?

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There is always something new out of Africa.

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

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This only is certain, that there is nothing certain; and nothing more miserable and yet more arrogant than man.

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From the end spring new beginnings.

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No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments.

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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 for our living in it.

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The only certainty is that nothing is certain.

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

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