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Omnibus ut rigidum convincas viribus hostem,
Et Natura iubet, Lex quoque, Iusque fori:
At meritis verum convincas semper amicum,
Et te (dum vincis) succubuisse putes.

All nature, law, and moral right proclaim that you should conquer an unbending enemy with force. But you should conquer your friend with good offices, and think (while you conquer) that you are helping.

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L’ennemy faut abbatre toute force,
Et par merite acquerir faut l’amy:
Et penser doit tout coeur (quoy qu’il s’efforce)
Que son devoir ne fait pas demy.


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