Making Good Speed

Making Good Speed. Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back – not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

– From Andrea Alciato’s Livret des Emblemes (1536) in the French Emblems at Glasgow Collection