Crescit sub pondere Virtus (Virtue thrives best in adversity).
The allusion is to the palm-tree, which grows better when pressed by
an incumbent weight.
Many plants grow the better for being pressed, as grass, which is
wonderfully improved by being rolled frequently with a heavy roller,
and by being trodden down by sheep.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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