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I came into a place void of all light, which bellows like the sea in tempest, when it is combated by warring winds.
Be like a solid tower whose brave height remains unmoved by all the winds that blow; the man who lets his thoughts be turned aside by one thing or another, will lose sight of his true goal, his mind sapped of its strength.
Worldly renown is naught but a breath of wind, which now comes this way and now comes that, and changes name because it changes quarter.
Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.
"Why is thy mind so entangled," said the Master [Virgil], "that thou slackenest thy pace? What is it to thee what they whisper there? Come after me and let the people talk. Stand like a firm tower that never shakes its top for blast of wind."
The reputation which the world bestows
is like the wind, that shifts now here now there,
its name changed with the quarter whence it blows.
O human race born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou fall.
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