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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 temerč 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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    Ars naturam adiuvans.

    Art assisting nature

    LXXVII [=78] .

    Ut Fortuna pilae,[1] cubo sic insidet Hermes:
    Artibus hic, variis casibus illa praeest.
    Adversus vim Fortunae est ars facta:[2] sed artis
    Cům Fortuna mala est, saepe requirit opem.
    Disce bonas artes igitur studiosa iuventus,
    Quae certae secum commoda sortis habent.

    As Fortune rests on a sphere, so Hermes sits on a cube. He presides over the arts, she over the varied chances of life. Art was developed to counteract the effect of Fortune, but when Fortune is bad it often needs the assistance of Art. Therefore, studious youths, learn good arts, which bring with them the benefits of an outcome not subject to chance.

    Notes:

    1.  Variant reading, Ut spherae Fortuna, with the same meaning.

    2.  Variant reading, Adversus vim Fortunae est ars tuta, ‘Art is safe against the power of Fortune’.


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