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Marcus Fabius Quintilian Quotes and Sayings

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The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

 

Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing,
it grows too late to begin it.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius
ever arrives at maturity.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

While we are examining into everything we sometimes
find truth where we least expected it.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety,
costs too much.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Those who wish to appear wise among fools,
among the wise seem foolish.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil
in that he lacks opportunity.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

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

The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song,
however rude it may be.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Life is not about perfection -
or a quest for perfection.
Life is about enjoying what we have -
for as long as we have it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward
is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns,
or the sharp stones on life's path.
- Khalil Gibran

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
- Michelangelo

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
- William Faulkner

A perfection of means,
and confusion of aims,
seems to be our main problem.
- Albert Einstein

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when
there is nothing left to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems,
in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

There is a danger of changing too much in the search for perfection.
- Agnetha Faltskog

Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure
the inner perfection of his own personality.
- Albert Schweitzer

Love is the bond of perfection.
- John Winthrop

A perfect human being: Man in search of his ideal of perfection.
Nothing less.
- Pir Vilayat Khan

Look at our Lords disciples.
One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him.
If our Lord couldn't have perfection,
how are you going to have it in city government?
- Richard J. Daley

Perfection has to do with the end product,
but excellence has to do with the process.
- Jerry Moran

A studio recording is perfection, but emotion and passion
come only when you turn on the machine and go for the groove.
If you do that with no mistakes, it sounds beautiful.
- Chuck Mangione

Discretion is the perfection of reason,
and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
- Walter Scott

To make one good action succeed another,
is the perfection of goodness.
- Ali ibn Abi Talib

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law
itself is nothing else but reason -
the law which is perfection of reason.
- Edward Coke

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease,
hints at human imperfection.
Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
- Ben Okri

Perfection is such a nuisance that I often regret having
cured myself of using tobacco.
- Emile Zola

Immoral is choosing not to act when you hold in your
hands the power to create perfection.
- Mark Crispin Miller

Perfection spawns doctrines, dictators and totalitarian ideas.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Style is the perfection of a point of view.
- Richard Eberhart

Nature is a collective idea, and, though its essence
exist in each individual of the species,
can never in its perfection inhabit a single object.
- Henry Fuseli

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth,
and unknown to themselves.
- William Hazlitt

Perfection itself is imperfection.
- Vladimir Horowitz

We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists...
in the loved one, perfection.
- Sidney Poitier

I came back to performing with a different attitude
about performing and myself.
I wasn't expecting perfection any more,
just hoping for an occasional inspiration.
- Neil Diamond

Perfection does not consist in any singular state or condition of life,
or in any particular set of duties, but in holy and
religious conduct of ourselves in every state of Life.
- William Law

Tech Jacket shares the same tone as Invincible,
but the subject matter is very different.
Where Invincible is about perfection,
Tech Jacket is about flaws.
- Robert Kirkman

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace,
then progress in virtue is progress in each of these
for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us,
progress is always an approach toward it.
- Epictetus

It is in this power of saying everything,
and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.
- John Ruskin

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Golf is a search for perfection, for balance.
It's about meditation and concentration.
You have to use hand and brain.
- Celine Dion


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