Enlightening Latin Phrases

Enlightening Latin Phrases

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

Vestis virum reddit – Quintilianus
“The clothes make the man.”

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

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

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.”

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

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

Enlightening Latin Phrases

Alea iacta est – Caesar
“The dice has been cast.”

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

Disiecti membra poetae – Horace
“Limbs of a dismembered poet.”

Semper inops quicumque cupit – Claudian
“Whoever desires is always poor.”

A fronte praceipitium a tergo lupi – Unknown
“A precipice in front, wolves behind” or “Between a rock and a hard place.”

Enlightening Latin PhrasesSemper idem – Cicero
“Always the same thing.”

Dulce bellum inexpertis – Pindaros
“War is sweet for those who haven’t experienced it.”

Serva me, servabo te – Petronius Arbiter “Save me and I will save you.”

Dum excusare credis, accusas – St. Jerome
“When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself.”

Si vis pacem, para bellum – Vegetius
“If you want peace, prepare for the war.”

Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem – Seneca
“As long as we are among humans, let us be humane.”

Si vis amari, ama – Seneca
“If you wish to be loved, love.”

Dum viviumus, vivamus – Epicurean Philosophy
“When we live, let us live.”

Etiam capillus unus habet umbram – Publilius Syrus
“Even one hair has a shadow.”

Timendi causa est nescire – Seneca
“Ignorance is the cause of fear.”

Extinctus ambitur idem – Horace
“The same (hated) man will be loved after he’s dead. How quickly we forget.”

Transit umbra, lux permanet – Unknown
“Shadow passes, light remains.”

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus – disputed phrase of the Roman Catholic Theology
“Outside the Church, (there is) no salvation.”

Ubi concordia, ibi victoria – Publius Syrus
“Where there is unity, there is the victory.”

Fabas indulcet fames – Unknown
“Hunger sweetens the beans” or “Hunger makes everything taste good.”

Una hirundo non facit ver – Horace
“One Sallow does not make Summer.”

Faber est suae quisque fortunae – Appius Claudius Caecus
“Every man is the artisan of his own fortune.”

Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas – Ovid
“Although the power is lacking, the will is commendable.”

Fluctuat nec mergitur – Unknown
“It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink.”

Tantum religio potuit saudere malorum – Lucretius
“So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds.”

Materiam superabat opus – Ovid
“The workmanship was better than the subject matter.”

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

Forsan miseros meliora sequentur – Virgil
“For those in misery, perhaps better things will follow.”

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

Forest fortuna adiuvat – Terence
“Fortune favors the brave.”

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

Gladiator in arena consilium capit – Seneca
“The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena” or essentially “Too late.”

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