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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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.

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.

Bears when first born are shapeless masses of white flesh a little larger than mice, their claws alone being prominent. The mother then licks them gradually into proper shape.

Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.

Cincinnatus was ploughing his four jugera of land upon the Vaticanian Hill,?the same that are still known as the Quintian Meadows,?when the messenger brought him the dictatorship, finding him, the tradition says, stripped to the work.

No mortal man is wise at all times.

Contact with [menstrual blood] turns new wine sour, crops touched by it become barren, grafts die, seed in gardens are dried up, the fruit of trees fall off, the edge of steel and the gleam of ivory are dulled, hives of bees die, even bronze and iron are at once seized by rust, and a horrible smell fills the air; to taste it drives dogs mad and infects their bites with an incurable poison.

No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments.

Everything is soothed by oil, and this is the reason why divers send out small quantities of it from their mouths, because it smooths every part which is rough.

Not a day without a line.

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.

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