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Top 70 Quintilian Quotes (2023 Update)

Quintilian Quote: “Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.”
Quintilian Quote: “A liar should have a good memory.”
Quintilian Quote: “We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.”
Quintilian Quote: “We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.”
Quintilian Quote: “Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly.”
Quintilian Quote: “A mediocre speech supported by all the power of delivery will be more impressive than the best speech unaccompanied by such power.”
Quintilian Quote: “Conscience is a thousand witnesses.”
Quintilian Quote: “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.”
Quintilian Quote: “Study depends on the goodwill of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion.”
Quintilian Quote: “A liar must have a good memory. -Mendacem oportet esse memorem.”
Quintilian Quote: “The learned understand the reason of art; the unlearned feel the pleasure.”
Quintilian Quote: “When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.”
Quintilian Quote: “Usage is the best language teacher.”
Quintilian Quote: “Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue.”
Quintilian Quote: “If you direct your whole thought to work itself, none of the things which invade eyes or ears will reach the mind.”
Quintilian Quote: “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.”
Quintilian Quote: “We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.”
Quintilian Quote: “Though ambition may be a fault in itself, it is often the mother of virtues.”
Quintilian Quote: “A religion without mystics is a philosophy.”
Quintilian Quote: “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.”
Quintilian Quote: “Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.”
Quintilian Quote: “It is the heart which inspires eloquence.”
Quintilian Quote: “Fear of the future is worse than one’s present fortune.”
Quintilian Quote: “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.”
Quintilian Quote: “By writing quickly we are not brought to write well, but by writing well we are brought to write quickly.”
Quintilian Quote: “There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.”
Quintilian Quote: “Give bread to a stranger, in the name of the universal brotherhood which binds together all men under the common father of nature.”
Quintilian Quote: “Those who wish to appear learned to fools, appear as fools to the learned.”
Quintilian Quote: “The perfection of art is to conceal art.”
Quintilian Quote: “An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.”
Quintilian Quote: “A Woman who is generous with her money is to be praised; not so, if she is generous with her person.”
Quintilian Quote: “It is much easier to try one’s hand at many things than to concentrate one’s powers on one thing.”
Quintilian Quote: “Lately we have had many losses.”
Quintilian Quote: “The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.”
Quintilian Quote: “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.”
Quintilian Quote: “In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.”
Quintilian Quote: “While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.”
Quintilian Quote: “She abounds with lucious faults.”
Quintilian Quote: “For all the best teachers pride themselves on having a large number of pupils and think themselves worthy of a bigger audience.”
Quintilian Quote: “Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.”
Quintilian Quote: “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.”
Quintilian Quote: “As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.”
Quintilian Quote: “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.”
Quintilian Quote: “To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.”
Quintilian Quote: “Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.”
Quintilian Quote: “Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.”
Quintilian Quote: “Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.”
Quintilian Quote: “The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.”
Quintilian Quote: “Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.”
Quintilian Quote: “Sayings designed to raise a laugh are generally untrue and never complimentary. Laughter is never far removed from derision.”
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