Q – Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder circa 23 - 79 was a Roman Author and Natural Philosopher. He also served as a navy and army commander and was a personal friend to Roman Emperor Vespasian.

 

‘It is generally admitted that those absent are warned by a ringing in the ears’

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‘Home is where the heart is’

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‘The best thing is not being born’

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‘There is no bad that will not come with good’

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‘No mortal is wise at all times’

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‘Better do nothing than do ill’

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‘Human nature craves novelty’

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‘In time of sickness the soul collects itself new’

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‘Let honour be to us as strong an obligation, as necessity is to others’

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‘It has passed into a proverb, that wisdom is overshadowed by wine’

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‘The desire to know a thing is heightened by its gratification being deferred’

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‘The graceful tear that streams for others ‘man is the weeping animal born to govern all the rest’

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‘The great business of a man is to improve his mind and govern his manners: all other projects and pursuits, whether in our power to compass or not, are only amusements’

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‘Truth comes out in wine’

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‘Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man’

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‘An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit’

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‘No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments’

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'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'

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