Nulla dies sine linea is Latin, meaning Never a day without a line.
Who said it? When I first saw this quote, it was attributed to the Roman poet Horace (65 B.C. – 8 B.C.). Then I saw it attributed to Roman author Pliny the Elder (23 A.D. – 79 A.D.). But Ol’ Pliny said that the quote came from Apelles, a 4th Century B.C. Greek painter. Pliny wrote about Apelles in Natural History, Pliny’s encyclopedia of the ancient world. Apelles’ paintings impressed Pliny. Unfortunately, the paintings were lost to history.
It does not matter who said it, Nulla dies sine linea is a reminder to creative types to practice their art every day—no matter what.
I do not feel good if I do not write something every day. Also, the voices in my head yell at me. “We have so much to tell the world, and we don’t have a body. YOU are our body. We do not need you farting around when you should be listening to us and writing what we are saying blah blah blah . . . ” It is like having a nagging partner.
Nulla dies sine linea keeps me feeling good, and stops the voices in my head from nagging me.