I was reading a bit about Pico della Mirandola and noticed that his birthday was tomorrow. And I came across a quote attributed to the French writer Voltaire "the man who knew everything, and even a little more." I have a feeling that in Latin you can have an impactful translation

vir qui omnia sciebat, et paulo plus

What do you think I am open to fairly lose translations


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The French Wikipedia article on Pic de la Mirandole features a header Pic de la Mirandole, Pascal et Voltaire.

Pascal (...) se moque (...) implicitement de [Pico] dans Les Pensées, en faisant allusion à ceux qui prétendent discourir « de omni re scibili » (« de toute chose connaissable ») [12] ; ce à quoi Voltaire aurait ajouté : « et quibusdam aliis » (« et sur quelques autres »).

Pascal implicitly makes fun of Pico in his Pensées, when he alludes to those who are liable to talk de omni re scibili; to which Voltaire supposedly added et quibusdam aliis.

[12] is a footnote which can be translated as Pico's own motto

  • So something like vir qui de omni re scibili colloqui potuit? Commented Feb 28, 2023 at 20:11

JobRozemund's answer is a good one, but is it possible to approach the OP's request more faithfully? The tricky bit is, "a little more"; these "more-or-less" things, in Latin, are not necessarily straightforward. Job stepped around this with the adroitness of a mountain goat, deploying Voltaire's: "et quibusdam aliis" = "and with certain other (things)".

Seb, in his answer: https://latin.stackexchange.com/a/16301/1982, used an ablative, "paulo plus" = "(by) a little more".

"qui intellegat de omni re scibili et paulo plus." =

"He who may understand concerning all things discernible, and (even) a little more."

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