„To win was always deemed a splendid thing,
Whether it be by fortune or by skill.“

—  L'Arioste, Canto XV, stanza 1 (tr. B. Reynolds)
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Fu il vincer sempre mai laudabil cosa | Vincasi o per fortuna o per ingegno.

XV, 1

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