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Thursday, December 31, 2015

40 ENLIGHTENING LATIN PHRASES BY THE WORLD'S GREATEST MINDS


1) Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore - Cicero
“I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting.”

2) Vestis virum reddit - Quintilianus
“The clothes make the man.”

3) Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem - Horace
“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.”

4) Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur - Unknown
“That man is wise who talks little.”

5) Ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora - Unknown
“Eggs today are better than chickens tomorrow” or “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.”

6) Vires acquirit eundo - Virgil
“It gains strength by going (or as it goes).”

7) Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur - Unknown “Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time.”

8) Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia - Cicero
“Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives.”

9.) Alea iacta est - Caesar
“The dice has been cast.”

10) Vitanda est improba siren desidia - Horace
“One musts avoid that wicked temptress, Laziness.”

11) Disiecti membra poetae - Horace
"Limbs of a dismembered poet."

12) Semper inops quicumque cupit - Claudian
"Whoever desires is always poor."

13) A fronte praceipitium a tergo lupi - Unknown
"A precipice in front, wolves behind" or "Between a rock and a hard place."

14) Semper idem - Cicero
"Always the same thing."

15) Dulce bellum inexpertis - Pindaros
"War is sweet for those who haven't experienced it."

16) Serva me, servabo te - Petronius Arbiter "Save me and I will save you."

17) Dum excusare credis, accusas - St. Jerome
"When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself."

18) Si vis pacem, para bellum - Vegetius
"If you want peace, prepare for the war."

19) Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem - Seneca
"As long as we are among humans, let us be humane."

20) Si vis amari, ama - Seneca
"If you wish to be loved, love."

21) Dum viviumus, vivamus - Epicurean Philosophy
"When we live, let us live."

22) Etiam capillus unus habet umbram - Publilius Syrus
"Even one hair has a shadow."

23) Timendi causa est nescire - Seneca
"Ignorance is the cause of fear."

24) Extinctus ambitur idem - Horace
"The same (hated) man will be loved after he's dead. How quickly we forget."

25) Transit umbra, lux permanet - Unknown
"Shadow passes, light remains."

26) Extra ecclesiam nulla salus - disputed phrase of the Roman Catholic Theology
"Outside the Church, (there is) no salvation."

27) Ubi concordia, ibi victoria - Publius Syrus
"Where there is unity, there is the victory."

28) Fabas indulcet fames - Unknown
"Hunger sweetens the beans" or "Hunger makes everything taste good."

29) Una hirundo non facit ver - Horace
"One Sallow does not make Summer."

30) Faber est suae quisque fortunae - Appius Claudius Caecus
"Every man is the artisan of his own fortune."

31) Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas - Ovid
"Although the power is lacking, the will is commendable."

32) Fluctuat nec mergitur - Unknown
"It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink."

33) Tantum religio potuit saudere malorum - Lucretius
"So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds."

34) Materiam superabat opus - Ovid
“The workmanship was better than the subject matter.”

35) Malum consilium quod mutari non potest - Publilius Syrus
“It’s a bad plan that can’t be changed.”

36) Forsan miseros meliora sequentur - Virgil
"For those in misery, perhaps better things will follow."

37) Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono - Pliny The Elder
“There is, to be sure, no evil without something good.”

38) Forest fortuna adiuvat - Terence
"Fortune favors the brave."

39) Manus manum lavat - Petronius
“The favor for the favor” or “One hand washes the other.”

40) Gladiator in arena consilium capit - Seneca
"The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena" or essentially "Too late."

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