Quotes by Marcus Fabius Quintilian

To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
Nothing can be pleasing which is not also becoming.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
When we cannot hope to win, it is an advantage to yield.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
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.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian