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Marcus Fabius Quintilianus was a Roman rhetorician from Hispania, widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing.
(c. 35 - c. 100)

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

A liar should have a good memory.
 

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

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

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
 

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

For it is feeling and force of imagination that makes us eloquent.
 

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

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

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.
 

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

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

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
 

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

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.
[Attempt]
 

It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.
 

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

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


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