„By first recognizing false goods, you begin to escape the burden of their influence; then afterwards true goods may gain possession of your spirit.“

—  Boécio, Poem I, lines 11-13; translation by Richard H. Green
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Tu quoque falsa tuens bona prius incipe colla iugo retrahere: Vera dehinc animum subierint.

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