Take time for deliberation. Haste spoils everything.
Heaven forbids that man should know
What change tomorrow's fate may bring.
A just fortune awaits the deserving.
[Lat., Fors aequa merentes
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.]
It is an honourable thing to be merciful to the vanquished.
They send their shout to the stars.
[Lat., Clamorem ad sidera mittunt.]
Give time and permit a short delay, impetuosity ruins everything.
Fear first made gods in the world.
In doubt, fear is the worst of prophets.
It is noble to grant life to the vanquished.
[Lat., Pulchrum est vitam donare minori.]
A short reign does not spare the masses.
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.
Anguish devours the mind, and furious rage, and hope
than which the heart can bear no heavier burden, when
it is long deferred.
What the morrow's years might bring 'twas sin for man to know.
Oh, how cowardly is wickedness always!
Whoever truly worships the gods loves their priests.
Left behind as a memory for us.
[Lat., Nobis meminisse relictum.]
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