Erasmus, Desiderius

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 (more…)