aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Phaedrus, Fables 4.3

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fame coacta vulpes alta in vinea
uvam adpetebat, summis saliens viribus.
quam tangere ut non potuit, discedens ait:
‘nondum matura es; nolo acerbam sumere.’
qui facere quae non possunt, verbis elevant,
adscribere hoc debebunt exemplum sibi.

A fox, driven on by hunger, made his attack on a bunch of grapes on a tall vine, jumping up with all his strength. When he wasn’t able to touch it, he walked away saying, ‘You’re not ripe yet; I don’t want to eat a sour bunch.’ Those people who use words to make light of what they’re incapable of doing will need to take this as their model.

Written by aleatorclassicus

July 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Phaedrus

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