Talk:Pliny the Elder

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  • True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read.

Perhaps it is a garbling of a letter Pliny the Younger wrote to Tacitus about Pliny the Elder:

"For my part I deem those blessed to whom, by favour of the gods, it has been granted either to do what is worth writing of, or to write what is worth reading; above measure blessed those on whom both gifts have been conferred. In the latter number will be my uncle, by virtue of his own and of your compositions."

  • "The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach."