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By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

From writing rapidly it does not result that one writes well, but from writing well it results that one writes rapidly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Though ambition may be a fault in itself, it is often the mother of virtues.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

Medicine for the dead is too late

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Those who wish to appear learned to fools, appear as fools to the learned.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

A man who tries to surpass another may perhaps succeed in equaling inot actually surpassing him, but one who merely follows can never quite come up with him: a follower, necessarily, is always behind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

It is the heart which inspires eloquence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

That which offends the ear will not easily gain admission to the mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Too exact, and studious of similitude rather than of beauty. [Lat., Nimis in veritate, et similitudinis quam pulchritudinis amantior.]

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

Let us never adopt the maxim, Rather lose our friend than our jest.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Art originates in experiment

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

Conscience is a thousand witnesses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

A liar must have a good memory. -Mendacem oportet esse memorem

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 19 Sep

Quintilian

We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

Minds that are stupid and incapable of science are in the order of nature to be regarded as monsters and other extraordinary phenomena; minds of this sort are rare. Hence I conclude that there are great resources to be found in children, which are suffered to vanish with their years. It is evident, therefore, that it is not of nature, but of our own negligence, we ought to complain.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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.]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

By writing quickly we are not brought to write well, but by writing well we are brought to write quickly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

While we ponder when to begin, it becomes too late to do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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