Thursday 13: Random Latin quotes and phrases

Today is all about Latin, a language that I hated to learn when I was at school, but sort of appreciate now.

  • The first one shows clearly that the old Romans have a lot in common with the Germans. We have an expression “Was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht” (actually they even made a film with that title), meaning “What does not fit will be made to fit”.
    This is the ancient version:
    Aut viam inveniam aut faciam – I’ll either find a way or make one
  • Crede quod habes, et habes – Believe that you have it and you do.
  • Amor tussisque non celantur. – Neither love nor a cough can be hidden . Ovid
  • Bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem. – Being better than the worst is not goodness. Seneca
  • Seneca is probably right with the last quote, however he also says:
    Exigo a me non ut optimis par sim, sed ut malis melior. – I expect myself not to be equal to the best, but better than the bad.
  • Aliquando et insanire jucundum est. – Sometimes it is enjoyable to be insane. Seneca
  • Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te. – I can neither live with you, nor without you. Martial
  • Nemo repente fuit turpissimus – No one ever became thoroughly bad in one step. Juvenal
  • Nihil est incertius vulgo, nihil obscurius voluntate hominum, nihil fallacius ratione tota comitiorum. –
  • Nothing is more unpredictable than the mob, nothing more obscure than public opinion, nothing more deceptive than the whole political system. Cicero

  • Exitus acta probat – The outcome proves the deeds. Ovid
  • Mens agitat molem – The mind moves the matter. Vergil
  • Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est – Nothing is so expensive as that which you have bought with pleas. Seneca
  • And my favourite:
    Animum debes mutare non coelum. – You should change your attitude, not your sky. Seneca

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  1. Oh Rikki,

    I do so luv stopping in at your space in the blogosphere!

    It’s the learning that I can not get enough of!!…

    My Fav?:: Aliquando et insanire jucundum est …

    …..I’ll be returning back to my rubber room now. That’s after I can figure out how to close the buckles on this white jacket …:-)


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