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."