Nullius nisi?

Ciaciaufufu

New Member
Regarding the sentence: cuiusvis hominis est errare nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare.
I have understood as a whole the meaning to be "every one makes mistakes but only a fool would persist in error", but I can't wrap my mind around the latter clause's grammar.

Cuiusvis hominis = dative
errare = subject
est = verb
Now that was clear for me but I don't know how "nullius nisi" resolves to "only".

Thank you.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Cuiusvis hominis = dative
No, genitive.

This is how it works, literally:

It is [the characteristic] of any man to err, [but it is the characteristic] of none but (= nullius nisi) a fool to persist in error.
 
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