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Quotations about degeneracy
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‘Tis fear that proves souls base-born.
[Degeneres animos timor arguit.]
The Aeneid [Ænē̆is], Book 4, l. 13 (4.13) [Dido] (29-19 BC) [tr. Fairclough (1916)]
Of the bravery shown in Aeneas' tale demonstrating what a great, if not even divine, man he is. (Source (Latin)). Alternate translations:
Fear ever argues a degenerate kind.
[tr. Dryden (1697)]
Fear argues a degenerate mind.
[tr. Davidson/Buckley (1854)]
Fear proves a base-born soul.
[tr. Connington (1866)]
Fear shows degenerate souls.
[tr. Cranch (1872)]
Fear proves the vulgar spirit.
[tr. Mackail (1885)]
For fear it is shows base-born souls.
[tr. Morris (1900)]
Fear argues souls degenerate and base.
[tr. Taylor (1907), st. 2, l. 14]
betrays the base-born soul.
[tr. Williams (1910)]
Fear proves a bastard spirit.
[tr. Humphries (1951)]
Mean souls convict themselves by cowardice.
[tr. Day Lewis (1952)]
For in the face of fear
the mean must fall.
[tr. Mandelbaum (1971)]
Betrays inferior souls.
[tr. Fitzgerald (1981), ll. 19-20]
If there is any baseness in a man, it shows as cowardice.
[tr. West (1990)]
Always gives away men of inferior birth.
[tr. Lombardo (2005)]
Fear exposes the lowborn man at once.
[tr. Fagles (2006), l. 16]
Fear shows up lesser men.v
[tr. Bartsch (2021)]
Added on 9-Jun-22 | Last updated 13-Jun-22
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Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 6-Jan-21
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