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Quintilian

35 – 100 CE

Master of oratory, first advocate for a child-centered education, Roman rhetoriciann teacher to Pliny, and major influence on St. Jerome, Hippo, Juvenal, and John Stuart Mill; Quintilian also—according to Petrarch—“provided the inspiration for a new humanistic philosophy of education.” He became lost to history however until 1416 when Pogio while searching a filthy old dungeon found a copy of his masterpiece, Institutio Oratoria "buried in rubbish and dust.” A major inspiration in the development of humanism, on Bach’s music, and Martin Luther’s philosophy; Quintilian helped establish a solid intellectual foundation for the “words over the sense” and analyzed the symbolic, metaphorical, and figurative nature of language.

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Institutio Oratoria

Quotes by Quintilian (12 quotes)

“Of the nine lyric poets, Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures, the rich exuberance of his language and matter, and his rolling flood of eloquence, characteristics which, as Horace rightly held, make him inimitable.”

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“For who can instruct with greater thoroughness, or more deeply stir the emotions? Who has ever possessed such a gift of charm?”

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“his style is for the most part corrupt and extremely dangerous because it abounds in attractive faults”

from Institutio Oratoria

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“Good liars must have a good memory.”

from Institutio Oratoria

Themes: Lies

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

Themes: Ambition

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“The perfection of art is to conceal art.”

from Institutio Oratoria

Themes: Inscrutable Art

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

from Institutio Oratoria

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“Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetites.”

Themes: Mind Curiosity

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“Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.”

from Institutio Oratoria

Themes: Impermanence

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“When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.”

Themes: Strategy Failure

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“Nature itself seems to have given us music as a way to lighten the strain of labor; even the rower in the galleys is cheered to effort by song.”

from Institutio Oratoria

Themes: Music

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“We should be moved ourselves before we attempt to move others.”

from Institutio Oratoria

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Quotes about Quintilian (2 quotes)

“In grave Quintilian’s copious works we find
The justest rules and clearest method join’d”

Alexander Pope 1688 – 1744 CE
Second most quoted English writer

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“His book is a kind of encyclopedia of the thoughts of the ancients on the whole field of education and culture; and I have retained through life many valuable ideas which I can distinctly trace to my reading of him…”

John Stuart Mill 1806 – 1873 CE

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