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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8725
AUTHOR:Pliny the Elder (A.D. c. 23–A.D. 79)
QUOTATION:To laugh, if but for an instant only, has never been granted to man before the fortieth day from his birth, and then it is looked upon as a miracle of precocity. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Natural History. Book vii. Sect. 2.
 
Note 1.
This term of forty days is mentioned by Aristotle in his Natural History, as also by some modern physiologists. [back]
 

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