Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.— Pliny The Elder
The most cheerful Pliny The Elder quotes to get the best of your day
It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth (In Vino Veritas).
The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
Why do we believe that in all matters the odd numbers are more powerful?
In wine, there's truth.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
From the end spring new beginnings.
Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.
Nature is to be found in her entirety nowhere more than in her smallest creatures.
In wine, there's truth.
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.
There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald - all shining together in incredible union. Some by their splendor rival the colors of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil.
Home is where the heart is.
There is, to be sure, no evil without something good.
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.
It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it.
Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none.
For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.
There is always something new out of Africa.
As touching peaches in general, the very name in Latine whereby they are called Persica, doth evidently show that they were brought out of Persia first.
As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat.
When a building is about to fall down, all the mice desert it.
The perverted ingenuity of man has given to water the power of intoxicating where wine is not procured. Western nations intoxicate themselves by moistened grain.
Nothing is more useful than wine for strengthening the body and also more detrimental to our pleasure if moderation be lacking.
There is no book so bad that some good can not be got out of it.
Truth comes out in wine.
In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
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.
Nature has given man no better thing than shortness of life.
As land is improved by sowing it with various seeds, so is the mind by exercising it with different studies.
Among these things, one thing seems certain - that nothing certain exists and that there is nothing more pitiful or more presumptuous than man.
....shellfish are the prime cause of the decline of morals and the adaptation of an extravagant lifestyle.
The great business of 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.
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.
The most disgraceful cause of the scarcity [of remedies] is that even those who know them do not want to point them out, as if they were going to lose what they pass on to others.
The agricultural population produces the bravest men, the most valiant soldiers,46 and a class of citizens the least given of all to evil designs.
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.
We neglect those things which are under our very eyes, and heedless of things within our grasp, pursue those which are afar off.
The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.
The happier the moment the shorter.
There is alas no law against incompetency;
no striking example is made. They learn by our bodily jeopardy and make experiments until the death of the patients, and the doctor is the only person not punished for murder.
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
Most men are afraid of a bad name, but few fear their consciences.
...shellfish are the prime cause of the decline of morals and the adaptation of an extravagant lifestyle. Indeed of the whole realm of Nature the sea is in many ways the most harmful to the stomach, with its great variety of dishes and tasty fish.
The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.
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.
I would have a man generous to his country, his neighbors, his kindred, his friends, and most of all his poor friends. Not like some who are most lavish with those who are able to give most of them.
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.
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand;
and through the lust of human wit obscure things are more easily credited.
Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.