Pliny the Elder

(Gaius Plinius Secundus)

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How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have actually been accomplished? History
It is far from easy to determine whether Nature has proved to man a kind parent or a merciless stepmother. Human Nature
It's [the earth's] shape has the rounded appearance of a perfect sphere. This is shown first of all by the name of 'orb' which is bestowed upon it by the general consent of mankind.... Our eyesight also confirms this belief, because the firmament presents the aspect of a concave hemisphere equidistant in every direction, which would be impossible in the case of any other figure. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Nature ;Environment & Environmentalism ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The best plan is to profit by the folly of others. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
From the end spring new beginnings. Sympathy
Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.
Home is where the heart is.
Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man. Hope
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.
In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it.
No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments.
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.
The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
There is always something new out of Africa.
Truth comes out in wine. Truth