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TEMERITAS.

Rashness

Emblema. 55.

In praeceps rapitur, frustra quoque tendit hahenas [=habenas] .
Auriga effreni quem vehit oris equus.
Haud facile huic credas, ratio quem nulla gubernat,
Et temerč proprio ducitur arbitrio.[1]

A driver pulled by a horse whose mouth does not respond to the bridle is rushed headlong and in vain drags on the reins. You cannot readily trust one whom no reason governs, one who is heedlessly taken where his fancy goes.

Notes:

1.  In general see Plato’s image of the chariot of the soul, Phaedrus, 246, as indicated in some commentaries.


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