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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 45

Better things to come

At the new year a client brought to me the snouts of a bristling boar. Take these, he said, a gift for your belly. The boar always goes forward, nor does it ever look back, as it voraciously rips apart the grass with its open mouth. This same is the duty of men: that the hope that's slipped does not fall behind, and that what's further ahead, be better.