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PAUPERTATEM SUMMIS
ingeniis obesse ne provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

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Dextra tenet lapidem, manus altera sustinet alas,
Ut me pluma levat, sic grave mergit onus.
Ingenio poteram superas volitare per auras[2],
Me nisi paupertas invida deprimeret.

My right hand holds a rock, the other bears wings. As the feathers lift me, so the heavy weight drags me down. By my mental gifts I could have flown through the air, if malign poverty did not hold me back.

Notes:

1. áFor the sentiment cf. Juvenal, Satires 3.164-5: ‘it is hard for people to rise when straitened circumstances stand in the way of their natural abilities.’

2. áOther editions, both before and after, read arces.


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