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Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse
ne provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

XV.

Dextra tenet lapidem, manus altera sustinet alas:
Ut me pluma levat, sic grave mergit onus.
Ingenio poteram superas volitare per arces,
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 heights of heaven, if malign poverty did not hold me back.

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COMMENTARIA.

Adolescentulus cuidam proponitur, cui ma
nu dextra ponderosus dependet lapis, sinistrae
ver˛ eius, alae affixae sunt levissimae. Utique
hae in altum elevant, sic onus illud grave alia
ex parte deprimit. Ostendens plurimos ob
ingenii felicitatem celebres & claros futuros.
nisi paupertas invida depressos retineret. Est
etenim illa molestum pondus, ut plerique nos-
se nollent, plurium nanque quotidianus est
cibus. Et paupertatis unicum incommodum
habere sapientem dixit Archytas Philosophus.

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.’


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