Marcus Fabius Quintilianus is usually referred to as Quintilian (/kw?n?t?lj?n, -i?n/), although the alternate spellings of Quintillian and Quinctilian are occasionally seen, the latter in older texts.
Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost.
Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
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.
He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.
To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.
The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.