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‘Do not move settled things’; the proverb ‘quieta non movere’ expressing this.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Horace Walpole (1717–1797), author, politician, and patron of the arts. From classical Latin quiēta, use as noun of neuter plural of quiētus quiet + nōn not + movēre move, after the phrase quiēta movēre to disturb settled things (Sallust Catiline 21. 1) See stare decisis.
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