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Temeritas.

Rashness

LXXII [=73] .

In praeceps rapitur, frustra quoque tendit habenas
Auriga, effraeni quem vehit oris equus.
Haud facile huic credas, ratio quem nulla gubernat
Et temerè 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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    Temerité.

    LXXIII.

    Le charretier, qui veut chevaux sans frein mener,
    Au precipice, helas! se void par eux trainer.
    Ne te fie en celuy, que la raison ne guide,
    Et qui rien autre n’a sinon son sens pour guide.[1]

    commentaires.

    Qui se laisse emporter à la luxure & à la cholere,
    à grand’ peine fait-il jamais bonne fin. La raison
    doit commander aux sens & à la passion: autrement
    nostre condition seroit pire que celle des bestes. Les
    chevaux sans mors ny frein, ressemblent au corps:
    mais l’ame douëe de raison, resemble au charretier.
    Il faut s’opposer aux commencements. Le charretier
    qui a commencé à bailler bride longue à ses chevaux,
    a grand’ peine s’en pourra-il jamais bien servir. Ceux
    qui ne se peuvent commander, ne doyvent jamais estre
    employés en l’administration de la republique. Car
    comment pourra commander aux autres, & les con-
    duire, celuy qui se laisse emporter à ses passions.

    Notes:

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


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