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

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.

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?

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.

With a grain of salt. [To accept a statement with doubt.]

Wine maketh the band quivering, the eye watery, the night unquiet, lewd dreams, a stinking breath in the morning, and an utter forgetfulness of all things... Wine takes away reason, engenders insanity, leads to thousands of crimes, and imposes such an enormous expense on nations.

We neglect those things which are under our very eyes, and heedless of things within our grasp, pursue those which are afar off.

We live by reposing trust in each other.

We listen with deep interest to what we hear, for to man novelty is ever charming.

War should neither be feared nor provoked.

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First Name
Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus
Birth Date
23
Death Date
79
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Roman Author, Naturalist, Natural Philosopher, Naval and Army Commander