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PLINY THE ELDER (CAIUS PLINIUS SECUNDUS)
Roman naturalist
(23 - 79)
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A dear bargain is always disagreeable, particularly as it is a reflection upon the buyer's judgment.
      - [Bargain]

A short death is the sovereign good hap of human life.
      - [Death]

Accustom yourself to master and overcome things of difficulty; for if you observe, the left hand for want of practice is insignificant, and not adapted to general business; yet it holds the bridle better than the right, from constant use.
      - [Difficulties]

As in our lives so also in our studies, it is most becoming and most wise, so to temper gravity with cheerfulness, that the former may not imbue our minds with melancholy, nor the latter degenerate into licentiousness.
      - [Cheerfulness]

As land is improved by sowing it with various seeds, so is the mind by exercising it with different studies.
      - [Variety]

Better do nothing than do ill.
      - [Proverbs]

Chance is a second master.
      - [Chance]

Home is where the heart is.
      - [Home]

Hope is a working-man's dream.
      - [Hope]

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.
  Hope is the dream of a waking man.
      - [Hope]

Human nature craves novelty.
      - [Novelty]

I think it is the most beautiful and humane thing in the world, so to mingle gravity with pleasure that the one may not sink into melancholy, nor the other rise up into wantonness.
      - [Gravity]

In time of sickness the soul collects itself anew.
      - [Proverbs]

It is this earth that, like a kind mother, receives us at our birth, and sustains us when born; it is this alone, of all the elements around us, that is never found an enemy of man.
      - [Earth]

Let honor be to us as strong an obligation, as necessity is to others.
      - [Honor]

Let that which is wanting in income be supplied by economy.
      - [Proverbs]

Lust is an enemy to the purse, a foe to the person, a canker to the mind, a corrosive to the conscience, a weakness of the wit, a besotter of the senses, and finally, a mortal bane to all the body.
      - [Lust]

Man naturally yearns for novelty.
      - [Proverbs]

Many dishes bring many diseases.
      - [Diet]

Men are most apt to believe what they least understand; and through the lust of human wit obscure things are more easily credited.
      - [Credulity]

Most men are afraid of a bad name, but few fear their consciences.
      - [Conscience]

Nature makes us buy her presents at the price of so many sufferings that it is doubtful whether she deserves most the name of parent or stepmother.
      - [Gifts]

No man's abilities are so remarkably shining as not to stand in need of a proper opportunity, a patron, and even the praises of a friend to recommend them to the notice of the world.
      - [Ability]

No mortal man is wise at all times.
      - [Proverbs]

Simple diet is best.
      - [Diet]


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