Qui que tu sois, voici ton maître—Verses by Voltaire
Il l’est, le fût, ou le doit être.
These verses about Eros roughly translate as:
“Whosoever you might be, behold your master
He is, was, or ought to become so.“
They were initially written by Voltaire specifically for Falconet’s sculpture L’Amour Menaçant. Both the statue and the epigram were so popular that they became an inspiration for many artists afterward.