Pliny the Elder Quotes

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In wine, there is the truth.
— Pliny the Elder

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Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.
— Pliny the Elder
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.

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Pick something valuable out of everything you read.
— Pliny the Elder
Simple diet is best; for many dishes bring many diseases.
— Pliny the Elder
Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.
— Pliny the Elder
There is no book so bad but something valuable may be derived from it.
— Pliny the Elder
How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible, until they have been actually effected?
— Pliny the Elder
It is far from easy to determine whether she has proved to man a kind parent or a merciless stepmother.

nature

It is far from easy to determine whether nature has proved to man a kind parent or a merciless stepmother.
— Pliny the Elder

nature

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

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