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Ch’al prudente non convengono molti parole.

The prudent should refrain from loquacity.


Athene già per propria insegna tenne
La Civetta di buon consigli uccello.
Questa accettò Minerva (e ben convenne)
Quando la Dea cacciò del santo hostello
La cornacchia; à cui sol quel danno avenne
Di ceder luogo à uccel di lei men bello,
Perche la sciocca fu troppo loquace.
Saggio chi poco parla, e molto tace.


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MATURANDUM.

All in good time

Emblema. 20.

Maturare iubent properè, & cunctarier omnes,
Ne nimium praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Hoc tibi declaret connexum aecheneide[1] telum:
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

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1.  ‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A15a081].


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