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NOX HABET CONSILIUM.

NIGHT BRINGS WISE COUNSEL

Eruat [=Eruat] ipse oculos sibi clarius ut videat quis:
Desipiet. Fecit Democritus sapiens.
Democritus Sapiens Medico vel iudice Coo.[1]
Caeca die cui adstat Noctua[2] nocte videns.
Admonet hoc magnis quod posteā rebus agendis
Nox habet arcanum provida consilium.

A: “Pluck our your eyes if you want to see clearly” B: “You’re crazy!” A: “Democritus did it, whom the Cean doctor thought was wise; by whom the owl who sees at night stood in broad daylight.” This is a warning that provident night has secret advice for later great deeds.

Notes:

1.  Hippocrates of Cos (adj. Cean), the most famous physician of antiquity, supposedly came to cure the mad Democritus.

2.  The Little Owl (noctua) is Minerva’s bird, and hence a symbol of wisdom.



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