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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 15 Sep

Quintilian

Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Usage is the best language teacher.

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 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

Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

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

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

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 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

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

If you direct your whole thought to work itself, none of the things which invade eyes or ears will reach the mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

The perfection of art is to conceal art.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

Art originates in experiment

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

For all the best teachers pride themselves on having a large number of pupils and think themselves worthy of a bigger audience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

Medicine for the dead is too late

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 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

A liar should have a good memory.

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 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

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 15 Sep

Quintilian

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

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 13 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

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 15 Sep

Quintilian

Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quintilian

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.

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 14 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quintilian

Sayings designed to raise a laugh are generally untrue and never complimentary. Laughter is never far removed from derision.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quintilian

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