The Scientific Indian

Quintilian on Style

1. grandeur, not excess
2. sublimity, not harshness
3. strength, not rashness
4. severity, not grimness
5. gravity, not dullness
6. joy, not abandon
7. pleasantness, not decadence
8. greatness, not pomposity

I like 1, 6 and 8. They make my sensibilities feel warm and fuzzy, like a campfire that is neither too close not too far. The rest are, well, they are unpleasant, harsh, rash, grim, dull and decadent. I feel pompous for saying that.


  1. #1 Philip H.
    March 20, 2009

    Ok, I’ll bite – what’s a Quintilian?

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