Throw Straws in the Air

Throw Straws in the Air, to find how things will be received, especially those whose reception or success is doubtful. One can thus be assured of
its turning out well, and an opportunity is afforded for going on in earnest or withdrawing entirely. By trying men’s intentions in this way, the wise man knows on what ground he stands. This is the great rule of foresight in asking, in desiring, and in ruling.

Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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