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Roman rhetorician and critic
(c. 35 - 95)
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A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
      - [Proverbs]

Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue.
      - [Ambition]

Give bread to a stranger, in the name of the universal brotherhood which binds together all men under the common father of nature.
      - [Brotherhood]

Give me the boy who rouses when he is praised, who profits when he is encouraged and who cries when he is defeated. Such a boy will be fired by ambition; he will be stung by reproach, and animated by preference; never shall I apprehend any bad consequences from idleness in such a boy.
      - [Emulation]

He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.
      - [Proverbs]

In a crowd, on a journey, at a banquet even, a line of thought can itself provide its own seclusion.
      - [Thought]

Minds that are stupid and incapable of science are in the order of nature to be regarded as monsters and other extraordinary phenomena; minds of this sort are rare. Hence I conclude that there are great resources to be found in children, which are suffered to vanish with their years. It is evident, therefore, that it is not of nature, but of our own negligence, we ought to complain.
      - [Education]

Other parts of the body assist the speaker, but these speak themselves. By them we ask, we promise, we invoke, we dismiss, we threaten, we entreat, we deprecate; we express fear, joy, grief, our doubts, our assent, our penitence; we show moderation, profusion; we mark number and time.
      - [Hand]

Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the apprehension of suffering.
      - [Anticipation]

That laughter costs too much, which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.
      - [Laughter]

That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.
      - [Proverbs]

The learned understand the reason of the art, the unlearned feel the pleasure.
      - [Art]

The obscurity of a writer is generally in proportion to his incapacity.
      - [Obscurity]

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
      - [Art]

The soul languishing in obscurity contracts a kind of rust, or abandons itself to the chimera of presumption; for it is natural for it to acquire something, even when separated from any one.
      - [Soul]

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

While we deliberate about beginning, it is already too late to begin.
      - [Beginnings : Deliberation : Procrastination]

An unmeaning torrent of words.
  [Lat., Inanis verborum torrens.]
      - 10, 7, 23 [Words]

It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
  [Lat., Mendacem memorem esse oportet.]
      - IV, 2, 91 [Lying]

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
  [Lat., Et spes inanes, et velut somnia quaedam, vigilantium.]
      - VI, 2, 27 [Hope]

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
  [Lat., Qui stultis videri eruditi volunt, stulti eruditis videntur.]
      - X, 7, 22 [Folly]

Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
  [Lat., Dum deliberamus quando incipiendum sit, incipiere jam serum est.]
      - XII, 6, 3 [Time]

Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
  [Lat., Nihil est periculosius in hominibus mutata subito fortuna.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (CCLX) [Fortune]

Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
  [Lat., Mens mutatione recreabitur; sicut in cibis, quorum diversitate reficitur stomachus, et pluribus minore fastido alitur.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (I, 11, 1) [Mind]

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
  [Lat., Difficultas patrocinia praeteximus segnitiae.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (I, 12)

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