Gaius Petronius Arbiter Quotes

Who is Gaius Petronius Arbiter?

Gaius Petronius Arbiter was a Roman courtier during the reign of Nero. He is generally believed to be the author of the Satyricon.

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Best 6 Quotes by Gaius Petronius Arbiter

“The mind longs for what it has missed.”

Gaius Petronius Arbiter

“The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.”

Gaius Petronius Arbiter

“Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination.”

Gaius Petronius Arbiter

“You see a louse on someone else, but not a tick on yourself.”

Gaius Petronius Arbiter

The Satyricon Quotes

“Nothing is falser than people's preconceptions and ready-made opinions; nothing is sillier than their sham morality.”

Gaius Petronius Arbiter
The Satyricon

“What power has law where only money rules?”

Gaius Petronius Arbiter
The Satyricon

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“Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, came to teach the ancient inhabitants of Mexico the benefits of settled agriculture and the skills necessary to build temples. Although this deity is frequently depicted as a serpent, he is more often shown in human form – the serpent being his symbol and his alter ego – and is usually described as a tall bearded white man, a mysterious person, a white man with a strong formation of body, broad forehead, large eyes and a flowing beard.

Indeed, the attributes and life history of Quetzalcoatl are so human that it is not improbable that he may have been an actual historical character the memory of whose benefactions lingered after his death, and whose personality was eventually deified.

The same could very well be said of Oannes – and just like Oannes at the head of the Apkallu (likewise depicted as prominently bearded) it seems that Quetzalcoatl traveled with his own brotherhood of sages and magicians. We learn that they arrived in Mexico 'from across the sea in a boat that moved by itself without paddles', and that Quetzalcoatl was regarded as having been 'the founder of cities, the framer of laws and the teacher of the calendar'.”

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