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XXII.

SAT CITO SI SAT BENE.

NUllum animae fraenum potentius dare possumus, qum
prudentiam: quae nullo alio modo efficatis regitur, qum
consilio & ratione. Huic temeritas est contraria. Priusquam
rem aggrediaris, consulito; ubi consulueris; matur facto opus
est. In captandis consiliis, festinatio, rationis inimica, mentis
perstringit oculos. At istud est sapere, non quod ante pedes
mod est videre, sed etiam illa quae futura sunt prospicere. Quod
praecipiti via certum deserit ordinem, laetos non habet exitus.
Festinandum est, sed lent. Non potest in eo esse succus diu-
turnus, quod nimis celeriter est maturitatem assecutum. Etsi
utile est subit saepe dicere & agere; tamen illud utilius, sumpto
spatio ad agitandum paratis atque accuratis dicere & agere.
in rebus gerendis numquam consideratur qum cit, sed qum
ben. Non potest is verum falso discernere, qui inconsidera-
t, dum non opus est, rem aggreditur: tantoque periculosior
est celeritas imprudens, in rebus magnis, qud earum exitus
est periculosior, ruina maior, & poenitentia[1] longissima. Ut quis-
que maxim perspicit quid in quaque re verissimum sit; quique
acutissim & celerrim potest videre & explicare ratio-
nem, is prudentissimus rit haberi
potest.

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XXII.

Francisco Loysio Medico.[2]

SAT CITO SI SAT BENE.[3]

It is quick enough, if it is well enough [done]

AGgreditur quisquis peragendum opus, esse videndum
Noverit, ut ben rem, non cito ut expediat.
Discat is tarda lentum testudine gressum;
Et simul celeri papilione levem.

Whoever approaches something which has to be completed will know that it is more important to be seen to do it well than quickly. He learns to tread slowly from the sluggish tortoise and at the same time to tread lightly from the swift butterfly.

Notes:

1. Corrected from the Errata.

2. Franciscus Loysius, a doctor.

3. The motto is from Erasmus, Adagia, 2.1.1, s. ‘Festina lente’, but is in fact an older proverb: see Cato, as cited in St. Jerome’s letter 66.9.1-2. This phrase is also given by Suetonius as a motto of Augustus Caesar: cf. ‘Non qum diu, sed qum ben’ (Not how long it takes, but how well it is done), [FPAb032].



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