In facile ą virtute desciscentes.
Easily deflected from the right course
Parva velut limax spreto Remora impete venti,
Remorumque, ratem sistere sola potest:
Sic quosdam ingenio & virtute ad sidera vectos
Detinet in medio tramite caussa levis.
Anxia lis veluti est, vel qui meretricius ardor
Egregiis iuvenes sevocat ą studiis.
Just as the little slug, the remora, scorning the impetus of wind and oars, can by itself stop a ship from moving, so some trivial reason holds back in mid-course people who through intellect and ability are on their way to the stars: for example, a worrying law-suit, or that desire for whores which entices young men away from their good studies.
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- 'remore', 'echeneis remora' (fabulous fish) [25FF64] Search | Browse Iconclass
- clouds [26A] Search | Browse Iconclass
- sailing-ship, sailing-boat (+ under way, at sea (~ travelling)) [46C24(+63)] Search | Browse Iconclass
- sea (seascape) [25H23] Search | Browse Iconclass
- shipping accident; sickness and death at sea (+ variant) [46C29(+0)] Search | Browse Iconclass
- wave [25H2311] Search | Browse Iconclass
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- education, science and learning  Search | Browse Iconclass
- Licentiousness, Lasciviousness; 'Lascivia', 'Licenza' (Ripa) [57AA51] Search | Browse Iconclass
- litigation, legal proceedings, lawsuit [44G41] Search | Browse Iconclass
- Temptation; 'Tentatione' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54C4(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
- Virtuousness; 'Amor di Virtu', 'Attione virtuosa', 'Guida sicura de' veri honori', 'Virtu', 'Virtu insuperabile' (Ripa) [57A6] Search | Browse Iconclass
- Weakness, Powerlessness, Helplessness; 'Infermitą' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54AA7(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
- Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventł' (Ripa) [31D120] Search | Browse Iconclass
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