Livy, 4.13.4

“Because the human spirit is not to be satisfied by that which fortune promises it, Spurius Maelius began to aim at loftier things that were not given to him, and since he knew that a consulship would have to be violently snatched from an unwilling senate, he aspired to kingship instead.”

Ipse, ut est humanus animus insatiabilis eo quod fortuna spondet, ad altiora et non concessa tendere et, quoniam consulatus quoque eripiendus invitis patribus esset, de regno agitare…

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