It Was A Custom With Apelles, To Which He Most Tenaciously Adhered

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It was a custom with Apelles, to which he most tenaciously adhered,
never to let any day pass, however busy he might be, without exercising
himself by tracing some outline or other,--a practice which has now
passed into a proverb.
-- Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD)
-- Natural History, Book xxxv, Sect. 84