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MENTEM NON FORMAM
plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabre expolitum invenit humanum caput.
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solum deesset, caeteris vivesceret,
Id illa cum sumpsisset in manus ait,
Hoc[1] quale caput est, sed cerebrum non habet.[2]

A fox, entering the store-room of a theatrical producer, found an actor’s mask, skilfully shaped, so finely fashioned that the spirit alone was missing, in all else it seemed alive. Taking it up, the fox addressed it - What a head is this, but it has no brain!

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: O.

2.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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Lentendement [=L’entendement] est plus à priser:
que la beaulté.

Ung fin Regnard chez ung jongleur entra.
Ou une teste humaine rencontra,
Faicte, & polie, en forme si nayve,
Qu’il n’y failloit que l’ame: au reste vive.
Quand il la tint, il dist ce mot nouveau.
O quel beau chef: mais point n’ha de cerveau.[1]

La parolle de ce regnard (qui signifie quelque fin
homme) se peut adresser à maintz, & maintes per-
sonnes, qui hont belle forme, & apparence d’hom
me, mais au dedans sont de nul sens, & raison.

Notes:

1.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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