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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 35

On one who knows not to flatter

Do you want to know why the region of Thessaly so often changes masters and why it seeks to have its different leaders? It knows not how to flatter, how to reach out to cajole anyone, the style which the court of every prince possesses. Instead, like a freeborn steed, it throws off its back every Hippocomon who lacks the ability to control it. Yet it's not proper to for the master to be angry. The only vengeance is to order the beast to endure a bit with harsher teeth.