Deeds Worth Writing, Writings Worth Reading


Pliny the Younger, Epistles 6.16 (To Tacitus)

“You ask that I write about the death of my uncle so that you can give a more faithful account to posterity. I thank you, for I see that immortal glory awaits his death if it be recorded by you. Although, although he continued working in the destruction of the most beautiful lands, just like the peoples and cities in that memorable crisis, he died in such a way that he will live on forever, and though he himself set down many works which will remain, the eternal duration of your writings will add much to his legacy. Indeed, I consider those as truly blessed to whom the divine gift was given either to do things worth writing or to write things worth reading – but the most blessed of all are those who do both. My uncle will be among these thanks…

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