A Bibliophile’s Priorities

I have turned my entire attention to Greek. The first thing I shall do, as soon as the money arrives, is to buy some Greek authors; after that, I shall buy clothes.

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, dutch philosopher and theologian (1466-1536) in a letter to Jacob Batt written on April 12, 1500. This quotation is often paraphrased: “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”


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