Roman Rhetorician from Hispania
"If you direct your whole thought to work itself, none of the things which invade eyes or ears will reach the mind."
"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."
"A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue. [A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.]"
"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."
"Although virtue receives some of its excellences from nature, yet it is perfected by education."
"As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone."
"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."
"Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture."
"Divine Providence has granted this gift to man, that those things which are honest are also the most advantageous."
"Give bread to a stranger, in the name of the universal brotherhood which binds together all men under the common father of nature."
"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."
"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."
"In a crowd, on a journey, at a banquet even, a line of thought can itself provide its own seclusion."
"From writing rapidly it does not result that one writes well, but from writing well it results that one writes rapidly."
"It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetites."