Petronius

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Petronius (c. AD 27-66) was a Roman writer of the Neronian age; he was a noted satirist. He is identified with C. Petronius Arbiter, but the manuscript text of the Satyricon calls him Titus Petronius. Satyricon is his sole surviving work.

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Satyricon

  • Abiit ad plures
    • Translation: He has joined the great majority.
    • Sec. 42
  • A man who is always ready to believe what is told him will never do well.
    • Sec. 43
  • One good turn deserves another.
    • Sec. 45
  • Litterae thesaurum est.
    • Translation: Education is a treasure.
    • Sec. 46
  • Then the Sibyl! I saw her at Cumae with my own eyes hanging in a jar; and when the boys cried to her, 'Sibyl, what would you?' she'd answer, 'I would die' -- both of ‘em speaking Greek.'
    • Sec. 48
    • In the T. S. Eliot poem, "The Waste Land", this quote is written in Greek and Latin as follows: Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Σίβυλλα τί θέλεις; respondebat illa: ἀποθανεῖν θέλω. The translation generally associated with Eliot's poem is as follows: For with my own eyes I saw the Sibyl hanging in a bottle, and when the young boys asked her, 'Sibyl, what do you want?', she replied, 'I want to die' .
  • Not worth his salt.
    • Sec. 57
  • Beauty and wisdom are rarely conjoined.
    • Sec. 94
  • Horatii curiosa felicitas.
    • Translation: The studied spontaneity of Horace.
    • Sec. 118

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  • We trained hard . . . but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
    • A quote by Charlton Ogburn (1911–1998) in "Merrill's Marauders: The truth about an incredible adventure" in the January 1957 issue of Harper's Magazine
    • Actual quote[citation needed]: "We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. Presumably the plans for our employment were being changed. I was to learn later in life that, perhaps because we are so good at organizing, we tend as a nation to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization." [citation needed]

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