For there is naught that may not serve the need of
mortal men, and in adversity despised things help us. So when a ship sinks, yellow
gold weighs down its possessor, while a flimsy oar bears up the shipwrecked body.
When the trumpets sound, the savage's knife stands drawn at the rich man's throat;
the poor man's rags wear the amulet of safety.
Petronius Arbiter. Petronius. Michael Heseltine. London. William Heinemann. 1913.
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