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MENTEM, NON FORMAM,
plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

Emblema. 187.

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabre expolitum invenit humanum caput,
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spirîtus
Solum deesset, caeteris vivesceret [=vivisceret] .
Id illa cum sumpsisset in manus, ait,
O quale caput est, sed cerebrum non habet.[1]

A fox, entering the store-room of a theatrical producer, found an actor’s mask, skilfully shaped, so finely fashioned that the spirit alone was missing, in all else it seemed alive. Taking it up, the fox addressed it - What a head is this, but it has no brain!

Notes:

1.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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