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Type: Educator
Nationality: Roman
Date of Birth: 35 AD




 

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It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
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To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.
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Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.
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It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.
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Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.
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Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.
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Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
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For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.
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When we cannot hope to win, it is an advantage to yield.
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It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.
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A liar should have a good memory.
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As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
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When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
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Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.
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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.
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