„All art is but imitation of nature.“

—  Lucio Anneo Seneca, Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter LXV: On the first cause, Omnis ars naturae imitatio est. Line 3.
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Omnis ars naturae imitatio est.

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