Pliny, the Elder

23 - 79 AD

A Quote by Gaius Plinius Secondus Pliny, the Elder on business, improvement, manners, mind, power, and projects

The great business of man is to improve his mind, and govern his manners; all other projects and pursuits, whether in our power to compass or not, are only amusements.

Pliny, the Elder (23 - 79 AD)

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A Quote by Gaius Plinius Secondus Pliny, the Elder

Thunderbolts that strike blindly and in vain. -Bruta fulmina et vana

Pliny, the Elder (23 - 79 AD)

Source: Natural History, book ii. chap. xliii.

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A Quote by Gaius Plinius Secondus Pliny, the Elder on appearance, belief, direction, doubt, earth, impossibility, mankind, and world

The ancients had little doubt about the true shape of the earth: "It's [the world's] shape has the rounded appearance of a perfect sphere. This is shown first of all by the name of 'orb' which is bestowed upon it by the general consent of mankind. ...Our eyesight also confirms this belief, because the firmament presents the aspect of a concave hemisphere equidistant in every direction, which would be impossible in the case of any other figure."

Pliny, the Elder (23 - 79 AD)

Source: Natural History, 77 A.D.

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A Quote by Gaius Plinius Secondus Pliny, the Elder on ability, friendship, needs, opportunity, and world

No man's abilities are so remarkably shining as not to stand in need of a proper opportunity, a patron, and even the praises of a friend to recommend them to the notice of the world.

Pliny, the Elder (23 - 79 AD)

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A Quote by Gaius Plinius Secondus Pliny, the Elder

From the crown of his head to the sole of the foot.

Pliny, the Elder (23 - 79 AD)

Source: Natural History, book vii. chap. xvii.

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