Take time for deliberation. Haste spoils everything.
Allow time and moderate delay; haste manages all things badly.
Fear in the world first created the gods.
[Lat., Primus in orbe deos fecit timor.]
Heaven forbids that man should know
What change tomorrow's fate may bring.
It is an honourable thing to be merciful to the vanquished.
A just fortune awaits the deserving.
[Lat., Fors aequa merentes
They send their shout to the stars.
[Lat., Clamorem ad sidera mittunt.]
Fear first made gods in the world.
Virtue may be cheerful without forgetting its dignity.
Give not reins to your inflamed passions: take time and a little delay; impetuosity manages all things badly.
A short reign does not spare the masses.
What the morrow's years might bring 'twas sin for man to know.
Give time and permit a short delay, impetuosity ruins everything.
It is noble to grant life to the vanquished.
[Lat., Pulchrum est vitam donare minori.]
Left behind as a memory for us.
[Lat., Nobis meminisse relictum.]
In doubt, fear is the worst of prophets.
Oh, how cowardly is wickedness always!
Whoever truly worships the gods loves their priests.
Anguish devours the mind, and furious rage, and hope
than which the heart can bear no heavier burden, when
it is long deferred.
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