We like rather to dream of a body of young men as a live thing, as a tree where all the branches are nourished by a single sap, and where each part is meaningless and incomplete except in connection with its fellows. You may lop away the dead branches, you may bend the trunk, you may dig about it and water it; but leave it to assume its own form, do not constrain the peculiar roots, or you will have a crippled, gnarled monster, and no tree.
Wan swelh w|"p tugendet wider ir art, diu gerne wider ir art bewart ir lop, ir e" re unde ire l|"p, diu ist niwan mit namen ein w|"p und ist ein man mit muote. When a woman grows in virtue despite her nature and gladly preserves the integrity of her honour, her reputation, and her person, she is onlya woman in name: in spirit she is a man.
Let those find fault whose wit's so very small, They've need to show that they can think at all; Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls, must dive below. Fops may have leave to level all they can; As pigmies would be glad to lop a man. Half-wits are fleas; so little and so light, We scarce could know they live, but that they bite.john dryden
Superfluous branches We lop away, that bearing boughs may live.william shakespeare