Homines, quo plura habent, eo cupiunt ampliora

By JaimeB, in 'Latin Mottoes', Nov 9, 2011.

  1. JaimeB Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    San Francisco, CA
    Homines, quo plura habent, eo cupiunt ampliora. “The more men have, the more they desire.”

    — Justinian I (CE 485–565), promulgator of the Corpus Juris Civilis and other laws; he was the last Emperor who had Latin as a first language
  2. Bestiola Praetor

    • Praetor
    • Praeco
    Excellent! Similar to Seneca's Non qui parum habet, sed qui plus cupit, pauper est.
    (It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.)
  3. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

    • Civis Illustris
    Brunhilda, haecce est una ex dilectissimis meis Senecae sententia.
  4. Bestiola Praetor

    • Praetor
    • Praeco
    Optime! Gaudeo :)
  5. Decimvs Aedilis

    • Aedilis
    Sic, eadem mihi!
  6. socratidion Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    ...or Lucan's twist on it, describing the 'evil' hyperenergetic Caesar as
    nil actum credens cum quid superesset agendum (believing nothing done when there was something left to do)
    As a very driven person, I've always remembered that line -- not about possessions, but about achievements, which can be equally seductive...

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