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  • An admirer had given Adams an ivory cane, inscribed with a line from Horace Justum et tenacem propositi virum —“the just and steady-purposed man” and the motto, “Right of Petition Triumphant.”

    America's First Dynasty

  • [61] The classical reader will here be reminded of that beautiful passage of Horace, commencing with "Justum et tenacem propositi virum."

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • Leipzig in 1874, Alexander Riese drew on Korn's edition, but was less radical in following the readings of _B_: 'nec eclecticam quam dicunt N. Heinsii nec libri optimi rigide tenacem O. Kornii rationem ingressus mediam uiam tenere studui' (vii).

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • “Cornelius de Witt, when confronting the murderous mob; Condorcet, perishing in the straw of his filthy cell; Herrick, at his far-away old British revels; Leo, during his last days at the Vatican, and a thousand others,” strengthened their resolution by repeating Iustum et tenacem:

    Horace and His Influence

  • Thoughts, is yet influenced by the ode, ‘Justum et tenacem propositi virum’ --

    The Hymns of Methodism in their Literary Relations

  • A sight of Philip Schuyler's face sent him sliding into the next ode -- _Justum et tenacem_ ... _non voltus instantis tyranni_ ....

    Fort Amity

  • No other man of his race have I known in whom the patriotic fire burned more intensely, or who better merited the description of the Latin poet, “Justum et tenacem propositi virum,” or had more of the English bulldog tenacity in a cause which he considered just and of vital importance to the country.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist

  • Fortem hospitis nostri animum et tenacem propositi novimus; felicitati et otio non modo suorum sed etiam gentium exterarum consuluit: bellator ipse atque idem pacis omnibus terrae gentibus firmandae auctor indefessus, sicut et exemplum illustre praebuit nuper foedere icto post bellum inter Iapones et Scytharum populos gestuni.

    African and European Addresses

  • One eminent quality, however, I can illustrate in a familiar Latin quotation, which, with your permission, I will put in two ways, thus securing, I should hope, the understanding of the older and younger among you: "_Justum et tenacem propositi virum_."

    Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O

  • I have, perhaps, indulged in them too often myself to note them as a defect in others; but it seems to me that they contribute, along with the Tennysonian metre, to diminish the pleasure with which we read such a version as that of which I have already spoken by "C.S. C." of "Justum et tenacem."

    The Odes and Carmen Saeculare of Horace


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