Quintilian, and J.S. Watson. Institutes of Oratory. Edited by Lee Honeycutt, 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition. Book 11 Chapter 2.
In book 11 chapter 2 Quintilian speaks of the cultivation and use of memory. While memory differs from one person to another, it can be strengthened. Everybody depends on memory for many daily tasks (Quintilian XI.2.1). It is necessary for the orator to remember an opponent’s points (Quintilian XI.2.2). It is also very important in extemporaneous speech to remember our organization (Quintilian XI.2.3). Those who can work with a strong memory are able to master very intricate arguments (Quintilian XI.2.8). Quintilian describes Simonides’ work with memorization tactics. He also observes that others have been masters of memory. Much seems to be related to an ability to construct memorable patterns (Quintilian XI.2.17). The patterns are associated with ideas for use in our argument. The speech becomes memorable in this way. Memorization of a large work is best done in small parts (Quintilian XI.2.27). Again, the tactic will differ from one person to another. Recognizable notes are also a great aid to the memory (Quintilian XI.2.32). Learning, studying, memorizing, and repeating information are critical habits for any rhetorician (Quintilian XI.2.40).