Crescit

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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