788 – “Ad Graecas literas totum animum applicui; statimque ut pecuniam accepero, Graecos primum autores, deinde vestes emam.”

Translation: “I have turned my entire attention to Greek. The first thing I shall do, as soon as the money arrives, is to buy some Greek authors; after that, I shall buy clothes.”

Common Paraphrase: “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

–Desiderius Erasmus

Quote Number:  341

Source: Erasmus, Desiderius to Jacob Batt. Letter. April 12, 1500. In Collected Works of Erasmus Vol 1. 1974.

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