Q – Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder was a Roman Author and Natural Philosopher born in 23AD. 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’

‘Home is where the heart is’

‘The best thing is not being born’

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

‘No mortal is wise at all times’

‘Better do nothing than do ill’

‘Human nature craves novelty’

‘In time of sickness the soul collects itself new’

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

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

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

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

‘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’

‘Truth comes out in wine’

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

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

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

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