HORACE ODE IV BOOK IV

“The brave are generated by the brave and good; there is in steers, there is in horses, the virtue of their sires; nor do the courageous eagles procreate the unwarlike dove. But learning improves the innate force, and good discipline confirms the mind. Like an oak lopped by sturdy axes, abounding in dusky leaves, through losses and through wounds derives strength and spirit from the very steel. Should you sink it in the depth; it will come out more beautiful: should you contend with it, with great glory will it overthrow the conqueror unhurt before, and will fight battles to be the talk of wives.” Horace, Ode IV, Book IV

HORACE

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