Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus

Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus

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

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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.

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.

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?

It has passed into a proverb, that wisdom is overshadowed by wine.

A short death is the sovereign good hap of human life.

It is asserted that the dogs keep running when they drink at the Nile, for fear of becoming a prey to the voracity of the crocodile.

All men carry about them that which is poyson to serpents: for if it be true that is reported, they will no better abide the touching with man's spittle than scalding water cast upon them: but if it happed to light within their chawes or mouth, especially if it come from a man that is fasting, it is present death.

It is generally admitted that the absent are warned by a ringing in the ears, when they are being talked about.

Always something new out of Africa.

It was a custom with Apelles, to which he most tenaciously adhered, never to let any day pass, however busy he might be, without exercising himself by tracing some outline or other,?a practice which has now passed into a proverb. It was also a practice with him, when he had completed a work, to exhibit it to the view of the passers-by in his studio, while he himself, concealed behind the picture, would listen to the criticisms?. Under these circumstances, they say that he was censured by a shoemaker for having represented the shoes with one latchet too few. The next day, the shoemaker, quite proud at seeing the former error corrected, thanks to his advice, began to criticize the leg; upon which Apelles, full of indignation, popped his head out and reminded him that a shoemaker should give no opinion beyond the shoes, ?a piece of advice which has equally passed into a proverbial saying.

And that all seas are made calme and still with oile; and therefore the Divers under the water doe spirt and sprinkle it abroad with their mouthes because it dulceth and allaieth the unpleasant nature thereof, and carrieth a light with it.

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