Friday, July 27, 2007

Brick by Brick, My Citizens

The Roman Emperor Hadrian once said while building the Roman Empire, "Brick by brick my citizens, brick by brick."

What does that mean?

With the monumental task of building the Roman Empire, one can be sure that Hadrian offered those words to the roman citizens as a way of telling them not to focus too much on the big picture but rather look at it in a way that it can be accomplished and that would be simply brick by brick. One can imagine that the size of the task would be large enough to make most say, "No way, it cannot be done!"


  1. Anonymous5:03 AM

    Quoted by Red Pollard in "Seabiscuit"

  2. Or does it mean litle by little the things that we do add up to something bigger then us. Line by line we build. Just a thought.

  3. Anonymous11:18 PM

    Red Pollard was quoting them. Emperor Hadrian along with Shakespeare and some others...

  4. Anonymous12:03 PM

    I think Hadrian said that to the people of Rome when they asked how he would ever be able to build a wall across Britain (Hadrian's Wall). "Brick by brick my citizens, brick by brick.