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

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.

It was also a practice with him, when he had completed a work, to exhibit it to the view of the passersby in his studio, while he himself, concealed behind the picture, would listen to the criticisms...

As touching peaches in general, the very name in Latine whereby they are called Persica, doth evidently show that they were brought out of Persia first.

Licking a cub into shape.

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.

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
Bio

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