Alternate translation: He who does not prevent a crime, when he can, encourages it. (translator unknown).
Alternate translation: Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. (translator unknown).
He was a confidence-man, pauper, tutor, blackmailer, paedophile, translator – and author of seven novels and a number of short stories. Rolfe was a trickster whose failed life stank to himself as to the few friends whom he had and betrayed. But he was a fascinating figure: a bore, but also a pseudo-Borgian freak whose vindictiveness and paranoia have deservedly become legendary.frederick rolfe