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Marcus Fabius Quintilian
35 - 95
Nationality: Roman
Category: Philosopher

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.


Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.


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


Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.


The perfection of art is to conceal art.


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


While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.


Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.


The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.


While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.


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.


Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.


The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.


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


Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.


In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.


A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.


We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.


Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.


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


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