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Pliny The Elder Quotes

Roman Neophatonist

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.

Category: Adversity

Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.

Category: Belief

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!

Category: Birth

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

Category: Certainty

The only certainty is that nothing is certain.

Category: Certainty

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.

Category: Fame

The master's eye is the best fertilizer.

Category: Farming And Farmers

The happier the moment the shorter.

Category: Happiness

Home is where the heart is.

Category: Home

Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.

Category: Honor

The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils.

Category: Life And Living

There is always something new out of Africa.

Category: Nations

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

Category: Reputation