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Quotes by Pliny - (12 quotes)

Pliny the Elder - From the Consideration category:

- b.AD 23 d.AD 79, Gaius Plinius Secundus...
Let not things, because they are common, enjoy for that the less share of our consideration. (Pliny the Elder)

Pliny the Elder - From the Criticism category:

- b.AD 23 d.AD 79, Gaius Plinius Secundus...
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... (Pliny the Elder)

Pliny the Elder - From the Impossibilities category:

- b.AD 23 d.AD 79, Gaius Plinius Secundus...
How many things... are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected? (Pliny the Elder)

Pliny the Elder - From the Plagiarism category:

-b.AD 23 d.AD 79, Gaius Plinius Secundus...
In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment. (Pliny the Elder)

Pliny the Elder - From the Wonder category:

-b.AD 23 d.AD 79, Gaius Plinius Secundus...
Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? (Pliny the Elder)

Pliny the Younger - From the Finishing category:

- b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
Unfinished paintings are more admired than the finished because the artist's actual thoughts are left visible. (Pliny the Younger)

Pliny the Younger - From the Finishing category:

- b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
Too much polishing weakens rather than improves a work. (Pliny the Younger)

Pliny the Younger - From the Ideas category:

- b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
Everyone must be given something he can grasp and recognize as his own idea. (Pliny the Younger)

Pliny the Younger - From the Indolence category:

- b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing. (Pliny the Younger)

Pliny the Younger - From the Mediocrity category:

- b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
It is better to excel in any single art than to arrive only at mediocrity in several. (Pliny the Younger)

Pliny the Younger - From the Perception category:

-b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
Everyone is prejudiced in favor of his own powers of discernment... (Pliny the Younger)

Pliny the Younger - From the Perfection category:

-b.AD 61 d.AD 112, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus...
Moderate skill in several arts is to be preferred where one cannot attain to perfection in any. (Pliny the Younger)