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Roman rhetorician and critic
(c. 35 - 95)
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It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.
  [Lat., Illud ingeniorum velut praecox genus, non temere unquam pervenit ad frugem.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (I, 3, 1)

Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.
  [Lat., Frangas enim, citius quam corrigas quae in pravum induerunt.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (I, 3, 3) [Habit]

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.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (I, 5) [Pen]

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
  [Lat., Etiam singulorum fatigatio quamlibet se rudi modulatione solatur.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (I, 81) [Songs]

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.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (II, 17) [Reason]

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.
  [Lat., Deus ille princeps, parens rerum fabricatorque mundi, nullo magis hominem separavit a ceteris, quae quidem mortalia sunt, animalibus, quam dicendi facultate.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (II, 17, 2)

Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
  [Lat., Licet ipsa vitium sit ambitio, frequenter tamen causa virtutem est.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (II, 22)

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
  [Lat., Nam in omnibus fere minus valent praecepta quam experimenta.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (II, 5, 5)

To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
  [Lat., In totum jurare, nisi ubi necesse est, gravi viro parum convenit.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (IX, 2)

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
  [Lat., Est felicibus difficilis miserarium vera aestimatio.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (IX, 6)

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
  [Lat., Deficit omne quod nascitur.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (V, 10)

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
  [Lat., Nimium risus pretium est, si probitatis impendio constat.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (VI, 3, 5)

An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.
  [Lat., Maledicus a malefico non distat nisi occasione.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (XII) [Evil]

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.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 1, 1)

Too exact, and studious of similitude rather than of beauty.
  [Lat., Nimis in veritate, et similitudinis quam pulchritudinis amantior.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 10, 9)

Although virtue receives some of its excellencies from nature, yet it is perfected by education.
  [Lat., Virtus, etiamsi quosdam impetus a natura sumit, tamen perficienda doctrina est.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 2, 1)

Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
  [Lat., Praesente fortuna pejor est futuri metus.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 5)

While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
  [Lat., Dum omnia quaerimus, aliquando ad verum, ubi minime expectavimus pervenimus.]
      - De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 8, 3)

(Slaughter) means blood and iron.
  [Lat., Coedes videtur significare sanguinem et ferrum.]
      - Declamationes [War]

Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
  [Lat., Diliguntur immodice sola quae non licent; . . . non nutrit ardorem concupiscendi, ubi frui licet.]
      - Declamationes (XIV, 18) [Pleasure]

Satiety is a neighbor to continued pleasures.
  [Lat., Continuis voluptatibus vicina satietas.]
      - Declamationes (XXX, 6) [Pleasure]

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.]
      - Prooemium (I, 4) [Ability]

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