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PLINY THE ELDER (CAIUS PLINIUS SECUNDUS)
Roman naturalist
(23 - 79)
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The desire to know a thing is heightened by its gratification being deferred.
      - [Proverbs]

The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils, even if equal in number.
      - [Enjoyment]

The graceful tear that streams for others' Man is the weeping animal born to govern all the rest.
      - [Tears]

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.
      - [Mind]

The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.
      - [Avarice]

The sciences throw an inexpressible grace over our compositions, even where they are not immediately concerned; as their effects are discernible where we least expect to find them.
      - [Science]

The waters deluge man with rain, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations; the air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano; but the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers and his table with plenty; returns with interest every good committed to her care, and though she produces the poison, she still supplies the antidote; though constantly teased more to furnish the luxuries of man than his necessities, yet, even to the last, she continues her kind indulgence, and when life is over she piously covers his remains in her bosom.
      - [Earth]

There is always something new out of Africa.
  [Lat., Ex Africa semper aliquid novi.]
      - a paraphrase of Aristotle [Africa : Novelty]

To enrich a favour by a courteous manner in conferring it.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written, in writing what deserves to be read, and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.
      - [Glory]

War should neither be feared nor provoked.
      - [Proverbs]

We listen with deep interest to what we hear, for to man novelty is ever charming.
      - [Proverbs]

We live by reposing trust in each other.
      - [Proverbs]

We neglect those things which are under our very eyes, and heedless of things within our grasp, pursue those which are afar off.
      - [Proverbs]

We ought to be guarded against every appearance of envy, as a passion that always implies inferiority wherever it resides.
      - [Envy]

Wine maketh the band quivering, the eye watery, the night unquiet, lewd dreams, a stinking breath in the morning, and an utter forgetfulness of all things.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

Wine takes away reason, engenders insanity, leads to thousands of crimes, and imposes such an enormous expense on nations.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

Always something new out of Africa.
  [Lat., Ex Africa semper aliquid novi.]
      - Historia Naturalis (8, 6) [Novelty]

It is advantageous that the gods should be believed to attend to the affairs of man; and the punishment of evil deeds, though sometimes late, is never fruitless.
  [Lat., Deos agere curam rerum humanarum credi, ex usu vitae est: poenasque maleficiis, aliquando seras, nunquam autem irritas esse.]
      - Historia Naturalis (II, 5, 10)
        [Punishment]

His last day places man in the same state as he was before he was born; not after death has the body or soul any more feeling than they had before birth.
  [Lat., Omnibus a suprema die eadem, quae ante primum; nec magis a morte sensus ullus aut corpori aut animae quam ante natalem.]
      - Historia Naturalis (LVI, 1) [Death]

No one is wise at all times.
  [Lat., Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit.]
      - Historia Naturalis (VII, 41, 2) [Wisdom]

Nature has given man no better thing than shortness of life.
  [Lat., Natura vero nihil hominibus brevitate vitae praesitit melius.]
      - Historia Naturalis (VII, 51, 3) [Life]

The brain is the citadel of the senses: this guides the principle of thought.
  [Lat., Habet cerebrum sensus arcem; hic mentis est regimen.]
      - Historia Naturalis (XI, 49, 2) [Mind]

Human nature is fond of novelty.
  [Lat., Est natura hominum novitatis avida.]
      - Historia Naturalis (XII, 5, 3) [Novelty]

Our fathers used to say that the master's eye was the best fertilizer.
  [Lat., Majores fertilissium is agro oculum domini esse dixerunt.]
      - Historia Naturalis (XVIII, 84)
        [Agriculture]


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