Gaius Plinius Secundus

[Pliny The Elder]

Gaius Plinius Secundus Quotes

  • ''The only certainty is that nothing is certain.''
    Pliny The Elder (c. 23-79), Roman scholar. Historia Naturalis, bk. 2, ch. 7.
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  • ''Man is the only one that knows nothing, that can learn nothing without being taught. He can neither speak nor walk nor eat, and in short he can do nothing at the prompting of nature only, but weep.''
    Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 7, sct. 4.
  • ''With a grain of salt.''
    Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 23, sct. 8. Pliny himself, in his writings, appeared to make no distinction between the true and the wildly fantastic.
  • ''There is always something new out of Africa.''
    Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 8, sct. 17. Greek proverb quoted by Pliny; Out of Africa was the English title for Isak Dineson's 1937 account of her years in Kenya, filmed in 1985.

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