Good Latin Quotations

(some serious, some not)

 

Eadem mutata resurgo ~ I shall arise, the same, though changed

Illegitimi Non Carborundum ~ Don't let the bastards grind you down

Dux Femina Facti ~ A woman was the leader of the deed (Vergil)

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito ~ Do not surrender to evil, but go boldly against it (Vergil)

Degeneres animos timor arguit ~ Fear proves souls base (Vergil)

Fama malum quo non aliud velocius ullum ~ There is no evil swifter than rumor (Vergil)

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes ~ I fear Greeks, even bearing gifts (Vergil)

Tantaene animis caelestibus irae? ~ Can heavenly minds hold such anger?   (Vergil)

Ad astra per aspera ~ To the stars through trials

Bis peccare in bello non licet ~ It is not permitted to err twice in war.

Cucullus non facit monachum ~ The cowl does not make the monk

Morituri te salutamus ~ We, about to die, salute you

Acta est fabula ~ The play is over (Emperor Augustus Caesar's dying words)

Carthago delenda est ~ Carthage must be destroyed

Deo duce, ferro comitante ~ With God as my leader and a sword as my friend

Dormitat Homerus ~ Even Homer sleeps

Dum vivimus, vivamus ~ While we live, let us live

Alea iacta est ~ The die has been cast (Julius Caesar, on crossing the Rubicon)

Veni, Vedi, Vici ~ I came, I saw, I conquered (Julius Caesar)

Et sceleratis sol oritur ~ The sun shines even on the wicked

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi, sed saepe cadendo ~ The drop hollows the stone, not by force, but by constant dripping

Mens sanoa in corpore sano ~ A sound mind in a sound body

Oderint dum metuant ~ Let them hate, so long as they fear (Cicero)

Pulvus et umbra sumus ~ We are but dust and shadow

Sapere aude ~ Dare to be wise (Horace)

Sublimi feriam sidera vertice ~ With head lifted, I shall strike the stars (Horace)

Semel insanivimus omnes ~ We have all been mad once

Sic transit gloria mundi ~ So passes the glory of the World

Tempus edax rerum ~ Time is the devourer of all things (Ovid)

Manus manum lavat ~ One hand washes the other

Timeo hominem unius libri ~ I fear the man of one book (St. Thomas Aquinas)

 

Obesa cantavit. ~ The fat lady has sung.

Tu, rattus turpis! ~ You dirty rat!

Age. Fac ut gaudeam. ~ Go ahead. Make my day!

Vale, lacerte! ~ See you later, alligator!

Lege et lacrima. ~ Read it and weep

Veni, vidi, nates calce concidi. ~ I came, I saw, I kicked ass.

Tu es vermis. - You are a worm.

 

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30-Jul-2001

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