Quintilian - Quotes

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Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.

Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. ---->>>

It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory. ---->>>

Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.

Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.

Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.

Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.

When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield. ---->>>

A liar should have a good memory. ---->>>

The perfection of art is to conceal art. ---->>>

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish. ---->>>

For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor. ---->>>

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice. ---->>>

The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body. ---->>>

It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate. ---->>>

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.

We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide. ---->>>

While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost. ---->>>

Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture. ---->>>

Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire. ---->>>

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept. ---->>>

The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression. ---->>>

Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues. ---->>>

While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it. ---->>>

As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone. ---->>>

It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.

It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.

A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much. ---->>>

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue. ---->>>

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end. ---->>>

He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity. ---->>>

Without natural gifts technical rules are useless. ---->>>

To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination. ---->>>

To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man. ---->>>

Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly. ---->>>

It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing. ---->>>

That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes. ---->>>

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake. ---->>>

When we cannot hope to win, it is an advantage to yield. ---->>>

Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended. ---->>>

God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech. ---->>>

For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set. ---->>>

Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues. ---->>>

Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune. ---->>>

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity. ---->>>

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery. ---->>>

Verse satire indeed is entirely our own. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Roman
Born: 35
Birthplace:
Die: 95
Occupation: Educator
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Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (c. 35 – c. 100 AD) was a Roman rhetorician from Hispania, widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing. In English translation, he is usually referred to as Quintilian (), although the alternate spellings of Quintillian and Quinctilian are occasionally seen, the latter in older texts (wikipedia)