Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus

Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus
23
79

Roman Author, Naturalist, Natural Philosopher, Naval and Army Commander

Author Quotes

Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?

Wine takes away reason, engenders insanity, leads to thousands of crimes, and imposes such an enormous expense on nations.

With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.

The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils.

The feasant hens of Colchis, which have two ears as it were consisting of feathers, which they will set up and lay down as they list.

The first (barbers) that entered Italy came out of Sicily and it was in the 454 yeare after the foundation of Rome. Brought in they were by P. Ticinius Mena as Verra doth report for before that time they never cut their hair. The first that was shaven every day was Scipio Africanus, and after cometh Augustus the Emperor who evermore used the razor.

The happier the moment the shorter.

The master's eye is the best fertilizer.

There is always something new out of Africa.

There is an herb named in Latine Convolvulus (i.e. with wind), growing among shrubs and bushes, with carrieth a flower not unlike to this Lilly, save that it yeeldeth no smell nor hath those chives within; for whitenesse they resemble one another very much, as if Nature in making this floure were a learning and trying her skill how to frame the Lilly indeed.

This is Italy, land sacred to the Gods.

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.

Truth comes out in wine.

When a building is about to fall down, all the mice desert it.

His last day places man in the same state as he was before he was born; not after death has the body or soul any more feeling than they had before birth.

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.

Hope is a working-man's dream.

Shoemaker, stick to your last.

Hope is the dream of a waking man.

The agricultural population, says Cato, produces the bravest men, the most valiant soldiers, and a class of citizens the least given of all to evil designs?. A bad bargain is always a ground for repentance.

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.

The bird of passage known to us as the cuckoo.

How many things... are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected?

The brain is the citadel of sense perception.

Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have actually been effected?

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First Name
Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus
Birth Date
23
Death Date
79
Bio

Roman Author, Naturalist, Natural Philosopher, Naval and Army Commander