Pliny the Younger

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Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.
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Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (63-ca. 113), better known as Pliny the Younger, was a lawyer, an author and a natural philosopher of Ancient Rome.



  • An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
    • Book II, letter 15
  • He (Pliny the Elder) used to say that "no book was so bad but that some good might be got out of it."
    • Book III, letter 5
  • That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing.
    • Book VIII, letter 9
  • Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye...We put off from time to time going and seeing what we know we have an opportunity of seeing when we please.
    • Book VIII, letter 20
  • His only fault is that he has no fault.
    • Book IX, letter 26

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