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Bonis auspiciis incipiendum.

Begin with good auspices

Auspiciis res coepta malis, bene cedere nescit.
Felici quae sunt omine facta, iuvant.
Quicquid agis, mustella 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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Che si dee cominciar con buoni auguri.

One must begin with good omens.


Quel, che si fa con tristo augurio, effetto
Mai non avien, che sortir possa buono:
Di tristo augurio la mustella segno,
S’ella t’occorre, lascia ogni disegno.


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