Pliny the Younger, full name Casus Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo

Pliny the Younger, full name Casus Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo
c. 61
114

Roman Statesman, Letter Writer, Lawyer, Author and Magistrate of Ancient Rome

Author Quotes

When a man is laboring under the pain of any distemper, it is then that he recollects there are gods, and that he himself is but a man; no mortal is then the object of his envy, his admiration, or his contempt, and having no malice to gratify, the tales of slander excite not his attention.

Unfinished paintings are more admired than the finished because the artist's actual thoughts are left visible.

Too much polishing weakens rather than improves a work.

They enhance the value of their favors by the words with which they are accompanied.

The prince is not above the laws, but the laws above the prince.

The longest day soon comes to an end.

The living voice is that which sways the soul.

There is no book so bad that it is not profitable in some part.

The happier the time, the quicker it passes.

The first essential is to be content with your own lot; the second, to support and assist those you know to be most in need, embracing them all within the circle of your friendship.

The erection of a monument is superfluous; the memory of us will last, if we have deserved it in our lives.

That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing.

Since it is not granted us to live long, let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.

Our inquisitive disposition is excited by having its gratification deferred.

Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye... We put off from time to time going and seeing what we know we have an opportunity of seeing when we please.

Nothing is more unequal than equality itself.

No one has deceived the whole world, nor has the whole world ever deceived any one.

Nevertheless it is allowed to poets to lie. (Poetical license.)

Never do a thing concerning the rectitude of which you are in doubt.

Necessity, that excellent master, hath taught me many things.

Moderate skill in several arts is to be preferred where one cannot attain to perfection in any.

Men are generally more pleased with a widespread than with a great reputation.

It is to me a peculiarly noble work rescuing from oblivion those who deserve immortality, and extending their renown at the same time that we advance our own.

It is remarkable how one’s wits are sharpened by physical exercise.

It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it.

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First Name
Pliny the Younger, full name Casus Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo
Birth Date
c. 61
Death Date
114
Bio

Roman Statesman, Letter Writer, Lawyer, Author and Magistrate of Ancient Rome