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Che quel, ch’è; sopra di noi, non appartiene a noi.

That which is above us is no business of ours.


Legato con saldissima catena
Sopra Caucaso ogn’hor Prometheo giace;
Ove gli rode con eterna pena
Il cuor mai sempre un’Aquila rapace.
Cosi d’alti pensier la mente piena
Suol esser resa senza haver mai pace
Di chi di saper troppo arde in desio
Siocco; e di riguardar nel seno a Dio.


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Nunquam procrastinandum.

Never procrastinate.

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ALCIATAE gentis insignia sustinet alce,[1]
Unguibus & μηδὲν fert ἀναβαλλομένος.
Constat, Alexandrum sic respondisse roganti,
Qui tot obivisset tempore gesta brevi:
Nunquam, inquit differre volens, quod et indicat alce:[2]
Fortior haec dubites ocyor an ne siet.[3]

An elk bears the insignia of the family Alciato - between its hooves it carries (the motto) “Postponing nothing”. Alexander, as is well known, thus answered one who asked him how he had performed so many exploits in a short time: “By never wanting”, he said, “to postpone”. ‘Elk’ in fact indicates this - you may well ask whether it is strong or fast.

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1.  An elk, representing the family name, is carved on Alciato’s tomb in Pavia.

2.  nunquam...differre volens, ‘By never wanting...to postpone’. The Latin words translate Alexander’s Greek motto, quoted in line 2. See Erasmus, Adagia, 3400 (Nunc tuum ferrum in igne est, ‘Strike while the iron is hot’), where Alexander’s saying is quoted.

3.  Alce, ‘Elk’. The Greek word ἀλκή means not only ‘elk’ but ‘strength’. The animal ‘elk’ was famed for its speed: see Pliny, Natural History, 8.16.39.


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