There are three citations which vie for credit as being the origin of Ockham's razor, sometimes referred to as the law of parsimony. Each of the citations has a slightly different flavor and they are good examples of translation nuances.
- "Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate"
- "One should never resort to using many things unless it's necessary."
- "entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem"
- "entities shouldn't be multiplied beyond necessity"
- "pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate"
- "One shouldn't resort to using many things unless it's necessary."
- "Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora"
- "It is frustrating to do something using many things, when the task can be done with just a few things."