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Parvam culinam duobus ganeoni-
bus non sufficere.

A small kitchen will not satisfy two gluttons

XXXI.

In modicis nihil est quod quis lucretur, & unum
Arbustum geminos non alit Erythacos.[1]
ALIUD.
In tenui spes nulla lucri est, unoque residunt
Arbusto geminae non bene Ficedulae.

No one can make anything out of small resources. One clump of trees does not feed two robins.
Other.
There is no hope of gain where means are small. Two flycatchers (lit. fig-peckers) don’t lodge well in one clump of trees.

COMMENTARIA.

In rebus modicis atque exiguis non multum
lucri sperandum, neque enim unus arboris ra-
mus duabus aviculis sufficiens est, sumptum
à communi proverbio. Unicum arbustum haud
alit duos Erithacos. Est autem Erithacus avi-
cula parva solitaria, adeoque ut in eadem sylva
rarò praeter unam inveniatur, de quo apud
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [d4r p55]Erasmum in Chiliadibus Adsimilabitur huic quod
vulgò fertur, Una domus non bene alit duos
canes. Et illud Alexandri Magni ad monar-
chiam aspirantis, qui mundum dixit non ca-
pere duos soles.

Notes:

1.  ‘One clump of trees does not feed two robins’. For this proverb, see Apostolius, Proverbs 11.68, where it is said to refer to ‘those who try to turn something small into a source of profit’.


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