Quintilian, fully Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, also Quintillian and Quinctilian

Quintilian, fully Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, also Quintillian and Quinctilian
c. 35
c. 100

Roman Rhetorician from Hispania

Author Quotes

That laughter costs too much which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.

That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

Satiety is a neighbor to continued pleasures.

Reading is the least laborious of all the tasks that fall to the student's lot.

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

Other parts of the body assist the speaker, but these speak themselves. By them we ask, we promise, we invoke, we dismiss, we threaten, we entreat, we deprecate; we express fear, joy, grief, our doubts, our assent, our penitence; we show moderation, profusion; we mark number and time.

Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.

Nothing can be pleasing which is not also becoming.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

It is the heart which inspires eloquence.

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

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.

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

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

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

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.

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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First Name
Quintilian, fully Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, also Quintillian and Quinctilian
Birth Date
c. 35
Death Date
c. 100

Roman Rhetorician from Hispania