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Quintilien

Date de naissance: 35 ap. J.-C.
Date de décès: 96 ap. J.-C.

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Quintilien est un rhéteur et pédagogue latin du Ier siècle apr. J.-C. Il est l'auteur d'un important manuel de rhétorique, l'Institution oratoire, dont l'influence sur l'art oratoire se prolongea pendant des siècles.

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„Vain hopes are often like the dreams of those who wake.“

—  Quintilian
Perhaps confusion of Book VI, Chapter II, 30 Similar to Matthew Prior: "For hope is but the dream of those that wake", Solomon on the Vanity of the World, book iii, line 102.

„Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.“

—  Quintilian
Book X, Chapter VII, 21 See also: An X among Ys, a Y among Xs

„In either case the orator should bear clearly in mind throughout his whole speech what the fiction is to which he has committed himself, since we are apt to forget our falsehoods, and there is no doubt about the truth of the proverb that a liar should have a good memory.“

—  Quintilian
Book IV, Chapter II, 91; translation by H. E. Butler Compare: "Liars ought to have good memories", Algernon Sidney, Discourses on Government, chapter ii, section xv. Alternate translation for "solent excidere quae falsa sunt": False things tend to be forgotten

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„Historia et scribitur ad narrandum non ad probandum.“

—  Quintilian
History is written for the purpose of narration and not in order to give proof. Book X, Chapter I, 31

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