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Bonis auspiciis incipiendum.

Begin with good auspices

EMBLEMA CXXVI.

Auspiciis res coepta malis, bene cedere nescit.
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quidquid agis, mustela tibi si occurrat, omitte:
Signa malae haec sortis bestia prava gerit.[1]

A business begun with bad auspices cannot turn out well. Things done with good omens bring happiness. Whatever you are doing, if a weasel crosses your path, abandon it. This evil creature bears signs of ill luck.

Notes:

1.  For the weasel as a creature of ill omen, see Erasmus, Adagia, 173, (Mustelam habes).


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Parvam culinam duobus ganeonibus
non sufficere.

A small kitchen will not satisfy two gluttons

In modicis nihil est quòd quis lucretur, & unum
Arbustum geminos non alit Eirythacos.[1]
ALIUD,
In tenui spes nulla lucri est, unoque residunt
Arbusto geminae non bene Ficedulae.

No one can make anything out of small resources. One clump of trees does not feed two robins.
Other.
There is no hope of gain where means are small. Two flycatchers (lit. fig-peckers) don’t lodge well in one clump of trees.

Notes:

1.  ‘One clump of trees does not feed two robins’. For this proverb, see Apostolius, Proverbs 11.68, where it is said to refer to ‘those who try to turn something small into a source of profit’.


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