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Pliny the Elder quotes spoke about nature.

Pliny the Elder was a Roman natural philosopher, author, and naturalist.

He was also an army and naval commander in the Roman empire. He has the distinguished accomplishment of writing the first-ever encyclopedia.

He has been termed as a 'Naturalis Historia Author' in Latin because of his famous book Natural History. This book has 37 volumes and over a million words. This book is considered one of his best and influential literary works. Pliny the Elder quotes about legions and Pompeii quotes made him a popular figure even in the military. Pliny the Elder died of a heart attack near Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Some even say Pliny was affected by volcanic fumes and died on the shores of Stabiae, an ancient Roman town near the volcano of Mount Vesuvius. There are many Pliny the Elder Latin quotes as well but in this article, you will find his best sayings in English that impacted and contributed to several studies. We hope these quotes will give a fresh perspective and help you in getting to know this dignified personality. From a quote about nature, to a quote about wine, you can find your favorite quote among this list. Pick your favorite Pliny The Elder quote!

If you like this article about Pliny the Elder quotes, you may also want to check our other quotes articles: Virgil quotes and Tacitus quotes.

Best Pliny The Elder Quotes

Pliny the Elder quotes are thought-provoking.

Here you will find the best quotes from Pliny the Elder. These speak a great deal about the kind of man he was and his views on aspects of life in general.

1. "Our forefathers regarded as a prodigy the passage of the Alps: first by Hannibal and, more recently, by the Cimbri."

- Pliny the Elder.

2. "Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man."

- Pliny the Elder.

3. "Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none."

- Pliny the Elder.

4. “ That a mortal helps another mortal is God. And this is the way to eternal fame. The Roman leaders have followed this way and on it walks now with heavenward steps with his children the greatest regent of all time, Vespasianus Augustus, coming to relieve the needy world.”

- Pliny the Elder.

5. "What is there more unruly than the sea, with its winds, its tornadoes, and its tempests?"

- Pliny the Elder.

6. "A bad bargain is always a ground for repentance."

- Pliny the Elder, 'Natural History'.

7. “When the world was in discord and divided into many states, that is in limbs, a lot of people occupied themselves with difficult studies in spite of wars, faithless allies, and the fact that pirates, the enemies of mankind, prevented the dissemination of views."

- Pliny the Elder.

8. "It is a difficult task to impart a sense of novelty to what is old, to give authenticity to what is new, to make the worn shine, to throw light on darkness, to make the rejected significant, to make the doubtful credible, to give everything it proper nature and to give Nature all that is hers."

- Pliny the Elder, 'Natural History'.

9. "Now, morality has lost its hold on men, but the quest for profit has not. Now that the sea is open, all coasts hospitable, great crowds set sail — not in order to gain knowledge but for profit."

- Pliny the Elder.

10. “When peace is stable and an emperor may take satisfaction in material and cultural progress, no new knowledge is added from new studies. Indeed even the old discoveries are no longer been studied properly”

- Pliny the Elder.

11. "True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written, and writing what deserves to be read."

- Pliny the Elder.

12. “Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.”

- Pliny the Elder.

13. "True happiness consists in being considered deserving of it."

- Pliny the Elder.

14. "Other authors, even reliable ones from the present, have been caught in copying verbatim from the old ones without acknowledgement of sources. It is truly an expression of a submissive attitude and unfortunate mental equipment to allow one self to be caught in theft rather than to repay one’s debt."

- Pliny the Elder.

Funny Pliny The Elder Quotes

Pliny the Elder quotes are witty.

Great minds definitely use their funny bone in a quote or two. Here you will find Pliny the Elder funny quotes.

15. “In wine, there's truth.”

- Pliny the Elder, 'Natural History'.

16. "There is always something new out of Africa."

- Pliny the Elder.

17. "Sure, football is a silly game. But have you seen what else is on television?"

- Pliny the Elder.

18. "A short death is the sovereign good hap of human life."

- Pliny the Elder.

19. "Man is the only one that knows nothing, that can learn nothing without being taught."

- Pliny the Elder, 'Natural History'.

20. "Many dishes bring many diseases."

- Pliny the Elder.

21. "When a building is about to fall down, all the mice desert it."

- Pliny the Elder.

22. "Shellfish are the prime cause of the decline of morals and the adaptation of an extravagant lifestyle."

- Pliny the Elder.

23. "With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man."

- Pliny the Elder.

24. "The only certainty is that nothing is certain."

- Pliny the Elder.

Pliny The Elder Quotes About Nature

Pliny the Elder was very ruthless when it came to expressing views about anything involving nature. Here you can read the famous naturalist quotes about nature and his ideas on the impact man has on it. Which of these Pliny The Elder quotes is your favorite? Pliny the naturalist has said many things about nature and mankind for you to choose from.

25. "Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work."

- Pliny the Elder.

26. "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."

- Pliny the Elder.

27. "Nature is to be found in her entirety nowhere more than in her smallest creatures."

- Pliny the Elder.

28. "Wonderful is the wit and subtiltie that dumb creatures have & how they shift for themselves and annoy their enemies: which is the only difficultie that they have to arise and grow to so great an height and excessive bignesse."

- Pliny the Elder.

29. "For whitenesse they resemble one another very much, as if Nature in making this floure were a learning and trying her skill how to frame the Lilly indeed.”

- Pliny the Elder.

30. "Nothing which we can imagine about Nature is incredible."

- Pliny the Elder.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Pliny the Elder quotes, then why not take a look at Livy quotes and [roman quotes].

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