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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 41

One man can do nothing; two can do much

The son of Laertes, the son of Tydaeus: side by side the talented hand of Zenalis drew them on this wax tablet. The former prevails in the sharpness of his wit, the latter excels in strength. Even so, one is not lacking in the talent of the other. When the two come together, victory is certain. But a mind or right hand by itself, each can fail a man.