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. –
- 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
Nothing is more unpredictable than the mob, nothing more obscure than public opinion, nothing more deceptive than the whole political system. Cicero