Pede nudo Catonem

Burke quotes from Horace (Epistles, 1. xix. 12), a gibe against those who think that wine drinking makes a poet.

" Suppose a man with rough and stern countenance, barefoot and with the texture of a scanty toga, were to ape Cato, would he, therefore, reproduce the virtues and morals of Cato?"

It takes something more than the philosopher's garb to make a philosopher.

Note by A.J.Grieve, (MA) to Part Two of "Reflections On The Revolution"
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