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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8723
AUTHOR:Pliny the Elder (A.D. c. 23–A.D. 79)
QUOTATION:It is far from easy to determine whether she [Nature] has proved to him a kind parent or a merciless stepmother. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Natural History. Book vii. Sect. 1.
 
Note 1.
To man the earth seems altogether
No more a mother, but a step-dame rather.
Du Bartas: Divine Weekes and Workes, first week, third day. [back]
 

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