Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (c.35 – c.100), was a Roman rhetorician. His De Institutione Oratoria was widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing.
- We give to necessity the praise of virtue.
- Book I, 8, line 14
- A liar should have a good memory.
- Book IV, 2, line 91
- Vain hopes are often like the dreams of those who wake.
- Book VI, 2, line 30
- Pectus est enim, quod disertos facit.
- Translation: For it is feeling and force of imagination that makes us eloquent.
- Book X 7, line 15
- Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
- Book X, 7, line 21
- "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."
- Book VIII, 2, 24
- It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.
- Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.
- Damnant quod non intellegunt.
- Translation: They condemn what they do not understand.