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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8728
AUTHOR:Pliny the Elder (A.D. c. 23–A.D. 79)
QUOTATION:Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvellous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? 1 How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected?
ATTRIBUTION:Natural History. Book vii. Sect. 6.
 
Note 1.
Omne ignotum pro magnifico (Everything that is unknown is taken to be grand).—Tacitus: Agricola, 30. [back]
 

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