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For comic writers charge Socrates with making the worse appear the better reason. [Lat., Nam et Socrati objiciunt comici, docere eum quomodo pejorem causam meliorem faciat.]

Reason Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (II, 17)

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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. [Lat., Mutos enim nasci, et egere omni ratione satius fuisset, quam providentiae munera in mutuam perniciem convertere.]

Providence Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 1, 1)

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The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery. [Lat., Est felicibus difficilis miserarium vera aestimatio.]

Prosperity Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (IX, 6)

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Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended. [Lat., Frangas enim, citius quam corrigas quae in pravum induerunt.]

Habit Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 3, 3)

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Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

Habit Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 3, 3)

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Everything that has a beginning comes to an end. [Lat., Deficit omne quod nascitur.]

Beginnings Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (V, 10)

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We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. [Lat., Difficultas patrocinia praeteximus segnitiae.]

Idleness Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 12)

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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. [Lat., Non sest aliena res, quae fere ab honestis negligi solet, cura bene ac velociter scribendi.]

Pen Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 5)

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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. [Fr., Qu'on me donne six lignes ecrites de la main du plus honnete homme, j'y trouverai de quoi le faire pendre.]

Pen Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 5)

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Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be. [Lat., Etiam singulorum fatigatio quamlibet se rudi modulatione solatur.]

Songs Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 81)

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In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept. [Lat., Nam in omnibus fere minus valent praecepta quam experimenta.]

Experience Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (II, 5, 5)

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To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man. [Lat., In totum jurare, nisi ubi necesse est, gravi viro parum convenit.]

Swearing Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (IX, 2)

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One thing, however, I must premise, that without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy. [Lat., Illud tamen in primis testandum est, nihil praecepta atque artes valere nisi adjuvante natura.]

Ability Quotes, by Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) , Source: Prooemium (I, 4)

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