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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8726
AUTHOR:Pliny the Elder (A.D. c. 23–A.D. 79)
QUOTATION:Man is the only one that knows nothing, that can learn nothing without being taught. He can neither speak nor walk nor eat, and in short he can do nothing at the prompting of nature only, but weep. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Natural History. Book vii. Sect. 4.
 
Note 1.
See Tennyson, Quotation 103. [back]
 

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