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ALIUS PECCAT, ALIUS PLEC-
titur.

One sins and another is punished

Emblema 173.

Arripit ut lapidem catulus, morsuque fatigat,
Nec percussori mutua damna facit:
Sic plerique sinunt veros elabier hostes,
Et quos nulla gravat noxia, dente petunt.[1]

A puppy seizes the stone and worries it with his teeth and does not bite back at the one who threw it. Even so, most people allow the true enemy to escape and bite those who carry no burden of guilt.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables 235, where bees sting the wrong person. See Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari, where the ‘puppy’ comparison is quoted from Aristotle (Rhetoric 3, 4). See also Plato, Republic 5.469E.

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