Quintilian's Institutes of oratory: or, Education of an orator, literally tr. with notes, by J.S. Watson, Volume 1

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Page 81 - Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound. All at her work the village maiden sings; Nor, while she turns the giddy wheel around, Revolves the sad vicissitude of things.
Page 20 - They see our mistresses, our male objects of affection ; every dining-room rings with impure songs ; things shameful to be told are objects of sight. From such practices springs habit, and afterwards nature.
Page 28 - If, moreover, there has been too little care in choosing governors and tutors of reputable character, I am ashamed to say how scandalously unworthy men may abuse their privilege of punishing, and what opportunity also the terror of the unhappy children may sometimes afford to others. I will not dwell upon this point; what is already understood is more than enough. It will be sufficient therefore to intimate, that no man should be allowed too much authority over an age so weak and so unable to resist...
Page 24 - J will scarcely dare to exalt themselves to the hope of attaining§ that eloquence which they regard as the highest ; they will rather fix on what is nearest to them, as vines attached to trees gain the top by taking hold of the lower branches first.
Page 9 - For, on the contrary, you will find the greater number of men both ready in conceiving and quick in learning, since such quickness is natural to man ; and as birds are born to fly, horses to run, and wild beasts to show fierceness, so to us peculiarly belong activity and sagacity of understanding, whence the origin of the mind is thought to be from heaven.
Page 384 - I am complaining that a man has been murdered. Shall I not bring before my eyes all the circumstances which it is reasonable to imagine must have occurred in such a connexion? Shall I not see the assassin burst suddenly from his hiding-place, the victim tremble, cry for help, beg for mercy, or turn to run? Shall I not see the fatal blow delivered and the stricken body fall? Will...
Page 12 - I should wish, let them at least have one attentive padagogus, not unskilled in language, who, if anything is spoken incorrectly by the nurse in the presence of his pupil, may at once correct it, and not let it settle in his mind. But let it be understood that what I prescribed at first is the right course, and this only a remedy. 12. I prefer that a boy should begin with the Greek lan...
Page 30 - Nor can grammar be complete without a knowledge of music, since the grammarian has to speak of metre and rhythm; nor if he is ignorant of astronomy, can he understand the poets, who, to say nothing of other matters, so often allude to the rising and setting of the stars in marking the seasons; nor must he be unacquainted with philosophy, both on account of numbers of passages, in almost all poems, drawn...
Page 86 - For the nearer to perfection any figure is, the greater is its capacity ; and if the boundary line, accordingly, shall form a circle, which of all plane figures is the most perfect, it will embrace a larger area than if it shall form a square of equal circumference. Squares, again, contain more than triangles of equal circuit, and triangles themselves contain more when their sides are equal than when they are unequal.
Page 25 - LET him that is skilled in teaching, ascertain first of all, when a boy is entrusted to him, his ability and disposition. The chief symptom of ability in children is memory, of which the excellence is twofold, to receive with ease and retain with fidelity. The next symptom is imitation ; for that is an...

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