Give me the boy who rouses when he is praised, who profits when he is encouraged and who cries when he is defeated. Such a boy will be fired by ambition; he will be stung by reproach, and animated by preference; never shall I apprehend any bad consequences from idleness in such a boy.

— Quintilian

The most special Quintilian quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

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

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We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.

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One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.

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A mediocre speech supported by all the power of delivery will be more impressive than the best speech unaccompanied by such power.

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An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.

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Study depends on the goodwill of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion.

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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.

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

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Prune what is turgid, elevate what is commonplace, arrange what is disorderly, introduce rhythm where the language is harsh, modify where it is too absolute.

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

[Lat., Licet ipsa vitium sit ambitio, frequenter tamen causa virtutem est.]

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A liar should have a good memory.

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Satiety is a neighbor to continued pleasures. [Lat., Continuis voluptatibus vicina satietas.]

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About Quintilian

Quotes 93 sayings
Nationality Roman
Profession Educator
Birthday 35 BC

Give bread to a stranger, in the name of the universal brotherhood which binds together all men under the common father of nature.

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In a crowd, on a journey, at a banquet even, a line of thought can itself provide its own seclusion.

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

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

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Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.

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

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

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

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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.

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A great part of art consists in imitation.

For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves.

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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.

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

[Lat., In totum jurare, nisi ubi necesse est, gravi viro parum convenit.]

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The obscurity of a writer is generally in proportion to his incapacity.

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When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.

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

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It is easier to do many things than to do one thing continuously for a long time.

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

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Sayings designed to raise a laugh are generally untrue and never complimentary.

Laughter is never far removed from derision.

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

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

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

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

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For comic writers charge Socrates with making the worse appear the better reason.

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The soul languishing in obscurity contracts a kind of rust, or abandons itself to the chimera of presumption; for it is natural for it to acquire something, even when separated from any one.

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

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One thing, however, I must premise, that without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.

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Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the apprehension of suffering.

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Men of quality are in the wrong to undervalue, as they often do, the practise of a fair and quick hand in writing; for it is no immaterial accomplishment.

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Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.

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Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.

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

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In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.

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Conscience is a thousand witnesses.

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(Slaughter) means blood and iron. [Lat., Coedes videtur significare sanguinem et ferrum.]

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

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

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

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