Q – Quintilian

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus circa 35 – 100 was a Roman rhetorician (public speaker of rhetoric). He opened a public school of rhetoric, that is believed to have been attended by many of the great Roman speakers.

His work ‘Institutio Oratoria’ is a twelve-volume textbook about rhetoric. It was published during his later years.

 

‘Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake’

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

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‘Everything that has a beginning comes to an end’

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‘When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield’

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

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‘A liar should have a good memory’

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‘It is much easier to try one’s hand at many things than to concentrate one’s powers on one thing’

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‘Nature herself has never attempted to affect great changes rapidly’

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

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

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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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‘While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost’

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

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‘For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set’

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

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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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‘In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept’

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‘We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide’

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‘The perfection of art is to conceal art’

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‘Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly’

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