View the whole scene, with critic judgment scan, And then deny him merit if you can. Where he falls short, tis Natures fault alone Where he succeeds, the merits all his own. ChurchillRosciad. L. 1,023.
La faveur des princes nexclut pas le mérite, et ne le suppose pas aussi. The favor of princes does not preclude the existence of merit, and yet does not prove that it exists. La BruyèreLes Caractères. XII.
Du même fonds dont on néglige un homme de mérite lon sait encore admirer un sot. The same principle leads us to neglect a man of merit that induces us to admire a fool. La BruyèreLes Caractères. XII.
Virtute ambire oportet, non favitoribus. Sat habet favitorum semper, qui recte facit. We should try to succeed by merit, not by favor. He who does well will always have patrons enough. PlautusAmphitruo. Prologue. LXXVIII.