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

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

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

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

For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.

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.

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

Divine Providence has granted this gift to man, that those things which are honest are also the most advantageous.

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.

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

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

Common sense cannot be taught.

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

Although virtue receives some of its excellences from nature, yet it is perfected by education.

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

A liar should have a good memory.

A man who tries to surpass another may perhaps succeed in equaling if not actually surpassing him, but one who merely follows can never quite come up with him: a follower, necessarily, is always behind.

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue. [A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.]

Vice, the opposite of virtue, shows us more clearly what virtue is. Justice becomes more obvious when we have injustice to compare it to. Many such things are proved by their contraries.

What is good readily changes for the worse, but you can never turn vice into virtue.

Conscience is a thousand witnesses.

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

Many good people admire what is bad, but no one condemns what is good.

Rarely is anyone sufficiently critical of himself.

Rules and precepts are of no value without natural capacity.

Suffering itself does not less afflict the senses than the anticipation of suffering.

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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