Scire Latine: My Latin sayings.


I picked out my favourite Latin sayings and have adapted these slightly to portray a meaning which I can better relate to.

Then I provide a plain English purport…without worrying too much about a direct translation. 

(Of course, I invite anyone to comment; please feel free to correct my Latin if you spot any grammar discrepancies). 

 Firstly,  nosce te ipsum  (This one you should look up for yourselves–this one’s originally Greek anyway: γνῶθι σεαυτόν). 

– Panem et Circenses non sequitur  How absurd it is to be distracting public attention from more important matters.

 præsis ut prosis ne ut imperes: multa paucis, vox populi A leader to serve rather than to rule: In short, the voice of the people.

– pro bono summum bonum et suum cuique  To each his own for the good, and of the highest good.

– intelligenti pauca, non loqui sed facere The knowledgeable one does not speak but acts.

– non ducor, duco; quia, non progredi est regredi  I am not led; I lead, because to not go forward is to go backward.

– nulla tenaci invia est via  No road is impassable for those who hold fast.

– obliti privatorum, publica curate   Forget your private affairs; look at public ones.

– non sum qualis eram   I’m not presently what I used to be.

– leges sine moribus vanae   Laws without morals is idle.

– nil volentibus arduum   Nothing is too difficult for those who strive hard. 

– fortitudo in arduis quia, ignis aurum probat Strength in difficult times, for difficult circumstances refine character.

– conatus est recta via lædendi paria duo extrema. The endeavour to balance two extremes is the right route to retaliation.

– in ius vocare est custodia vestra (habeas corpus). It is your legal right to challenge your being taken into custody.

– ductus exemplo  Lead by example.

– labor omnia vincit. Ad dominum suum.  He conquers who conquers himself. Master one’s self.

– amor vincit omnia, ex animo Love conquers all, coming from the heart.

– bono malum superate  Overcome evil with good.

– corruptissima re publica plurimae leges (Tacitus)  When the republic is at its most corrupt, the laws are most numerous. 

  (cum maxime reipublicae corruptissimis plurimae leges)

– cura te ipsum   Safeguard your own soul.

Si enim Deus vult. (deo volente)  If God wills it.

– timeo hominem unius libri. Liber unus vir dubito.  I fear and doubt a man of one book

– dissolvendam a certamine passim per viam probabile vel improbabile

A conflict is resolved in an improbable or implausible way.

– docere in ore sacci discendi (docendo disco)

Teach for the sack of learning. (I learn by teaching.)

– fortiter facturos et pati (fac fortia et patere)  Do brave deeds and endure.

humilitas occidit superbiam, incepto ne desistam  Humility kills pride; undertake not to give up.

– Carpe diem ad plenissimam memor dat vivere laudabiles

Seize the day and in the full; remember to live giving great praise.

– Esse sapientes et prudentia, quod a fortuna est.

Be wise from outcomes and prudent of what is to come.

 (memores acti prudentes futuri)

– nec temere nec timide  Be neither reckless nor timid.

– amor vincit omnia  Love conquers all.

– vincit qui se vincit   He conquers who conquers himself.

– vive memor leti  Live remembering death.

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About clasgtr

Ever have an idea or gut feeling, which you feel may have been mediated, for which there is no proof yet you feel nevertheless is valid and important enough to share? I put these down on blog to rid myself of them - it is a question of freedom of speech, and freedom of thought, and freedom from religious persecution. If anyone should feel offended, please be free to leave my blog.
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