Pliny the Elder, Natural History 7.132:
“How many people have been sorely afflicted by the power which they have received! How many people have been destroyed by their own goods, and submerged in the ultimate punishment. Those things are good to be sure, when they afforded one hour in joy! One day passes judgment on another, and the final day passes judgment on all the rest – so none of them are to be believed.”
quam multos accepta adflixere imperia! quam multos bona perdidere et ultimis mersere suppliciis, ista nimirum bona, cum interim illa hora in gaudio fuit! ita est profecto: alius de alio iudicat dies et tantum supremus de omnibus, ideoque nullis credendum est.
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