Famous Latin quotations, translations, phrases, latin to english, quotes, sayings

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A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupiA precipice in front, wolves behind (between a rock and a hard place)
Ab imo pectoreFrom the bottom of the chest (from the heart)
Ab/Ex uno disce omnesFrom one person, learn all people
Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupitHe has left, absconded, escaped and disappeared
Absit omen may the omen be absentMay this not be an omen
Abusus non tollit usumWrong use does not preclude proper use
Abyssus abyssum invocatHell calls hell; one mistep leads to another
Accipere quam facere praestat injuriamIt is better to suffer an injustice than to do an injustice
Acta est fabula, plaudite!The play is over, applaud! (Said to have been emperor Augustus’ last words.)
Ad hominemAppealing to a person’s physical and emotional urges, rather than her or his intellect
Ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt melioraEggs today are better than chickens tomorrow (a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush)
Adeste FidelesBe present, faithful ones
Adversus solem ne loquitorDon’t speak against the sun (don’t waste your time arguing the obvious)
Aegrescit medendoThe disease worsens with the treatment (the remedy is worse than the disease)
Aegroto, dum anima est, spes esse diciturIt is said that for a sick man, there is hope as long as there is life
Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentemRemember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even. (Horace)
Aeternum valeFarewell forever
Age quod agisDo what you do well, pay attention to what you are doing
Age. Fac ut gaudeamGo ahead. Make my day!
Alea iacta estThe die has been cast. (Caesar)
Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placentOther people’s things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people. (Publilius Syrus)
Alis volat propriisHe flies by his own wings
Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labiThe deepest rivers flow with the least sound (still waters run deep)
Amantes sunt amentesLovers are lunatics
Amantium irae amoris integratio estThe quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. (Terence)
Amat victoria curamVictory favors those who take pains
Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam foreI hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. (Cicero)
Amicule, deliciae, num is sum qui mentiar tibi?Baby, sweetheart, would I lie to you?
Amicus certus in re incerta cerniturA true friend is discerned during an uncertain matter
Amicus verus est rara avisA true friend is a rare bird
Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non poniturWe choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. (Syrus)
Amor caecus estLove is blind
Amor est vitae essentiaLove is the essence of life. (Mackay)
Amor ordinem nescitLove does not know order. (St. Jerome)
Amor platonicusPlatonic love
Amor tussisque non celanturLove, and a cough, are not concealed. (Ovid)
Amor vincit omniaLove conquers all. (Virgil)
Amoto quaeramus seria ludoJoking aside, let us turn to serious matters. (Horace)
An nescis, mi fili, quantilla sapientia mundus regatur?Don’t you know then, my son, how little wisdom rules the world?
Animis opibusque paratiPrepared in minds and resources (ready for anything)
Apudne te vel me?Your place or mine?
Aquila non captat muscasThe eagle doesn’t capture flies (don’t sweat the small things)
Arduum sane munusA truly arduous task
ArguendoFor the sake of argument
Argumentum ad ignorantiamArguing from ignorance
Ars gratia artisArt for the sake of art
Ars sine scienta nihil estArt without science is nothing (I would also claim that the opposite is true.)
Ascendo tuumUp yours
Aspice, officio fungeris sine spe honoris ampliorisFace it, you’re stuck in a dead end job
Aspirat primo Fortuna laboriFortune smiles upon our first effort. (Virgil)
Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincitConstant practice devoted to one subject often outdues both intelligence and skill. (Cicero)
Astra inclinant, non necessitantThe stars incline; they do not determine
Astra non mentiuntur, sed astrologi bene mentiuntur de astrisThe stars never lie, but the astrologs lie about the stars
Audentes fortuna juvatFortune favors the bold. (Virgil)
Audi et alteram partemHear the other side too
Auget largiendoHe increases by giving liberally
Auribus teneo lupumI hold a wolf by the ears (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.) (Terence)
Aurora Musis amicaDawn is friend of the muses. (Early bird catches the worm.)
Aut disce aut discedeEither learn or leave
Aut insanit homo, aut versus facitThe fellow is either mad or he is composing verses
Aut viam inveniam aut faciamI’ll either find a way or make one
Avarus animus nullo satiatur lucroA greedy mind is satisfied with no (amount of) gain
Ave atque valeHail and farewell. (Catullus)

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Bellum omnium contra omnes. War by all against all.
Bene legere saecla vincere
To read well is to master the ages. (Professor Isaac Flagg)
Bene qui latuit, bene vixitOne who lives well, lives unnoticed. (Ovid)
Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendereTo accept a favour is to sell freedom. (Publilius Syrus)
Bis dat qui cito datHe gives twice, who gives promptly. (Publilius Syrus)
Bis interimitur qui suis armis peritHe is doubly destroyed who perishes by his own arms. (Syrus)
Bis repetita placentThe things that please are repeated again and again
Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoriaHe conquers twice who in the hour of conquest conquers himself. (Syrus)
Bis vivit qui bene vivitHe lives twice who lives well
Bona fideIn good faith
Braccae tuae aperiunturYour fly is open
Brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longiorOur life is short but is made longer by misfortunes. (Publilius Syrus)

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Caelum videre iussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultusHe bid them look at the sky and lift their faces to the stars. (Ovid)
Canis meus id comeditMy dog ate it
Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordetA timid dog barks more violently than it bites. (Curtius Rufus)
Capillamentum? Haudquaquam conieci esse!A wig? I never would have guessed!
Caro putridas es!You’re dead meat
Carpe diemSeize the day (opportunity) (Horace)
Casus belli. - Cause of war.
Cave canem, te necet lingendoBeware of the dog, he may lick you to death
Cave quid dicis, quando, et cuiBeware what you say, when, and to whom
Caveat emptorLet the buyer beware. (He buys at his own risk.)
Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesseYou know, Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore
Certum est, quia impossibileIt is certain, because it is impossible. (Tertullianus)
Ceteris paribusAll else being equal
Cogita ante salisThink before you leap (or look before you leap.)
Cogitationis poenam nemo patiturNobody should be punished for his thoughts
Cogito, ergo sumI think, therefore I exist. (René Descartes)
Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debetNo person ought to have advantage from his own wrong
Commune periculum concordiam paritCommon danger brings forth harmony
Communi consilioBy common consent
Conditio sine qua non.Indispensible condition.
Coniecturalem artem esse medicinamMedicine is the art of guessing. (Aulus Cornelius Celsus)
Conlige suspectos semper habitosRound up the usual suspects
Construimus, BatuimusWe Build, We Fight (US Navy SeaBees motto)
Consuetudinis magna vis estThe force of habit is great. (Cicero)
Contraria contrariis curanturThe opposite is cured with the opposite. (Hippocrates)
Cotidiana vilescuntFamiliarity breeds contempt
Cotidie damnatur qui semper timetThe man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)
Cras amet qui nunquam amavit; Quique amavit, cras ametMay he love tomorrow who has never loved before
Credidi me felem vidisse!I tought I taw a puddy tat!
Credite amori vera dicentiBelieve love speaking the truth. (St. Jerome)
Credo nos in fluctu eodem esseI think we’re on the same wavelength
Credo quia absurdumI believe it because it is absurd (contrary to reason)
Credo ut intelligamI believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)
Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicitCredulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)
Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crevitThe love of wealth grows as the wealth itself grew. (Juvenalis)
Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortemIt is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)
Cui peccare licet peccat minusOne who is allowed to sin, sins less. (Ovid)
Culpam poena premit comesPunishment closely follows crime as its companion. (Horace)
Cum grano salisWith a grain of salt. (Pliny the Elder?)
Cum homine de cane debeo congrediExcuse me. I’ve got to see a man about a dog
Cum tacent, clamantWhen they are silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words.) (Cicero)
Cura nihil aliud nisi ut valeasPay attention to nothing except that you do well. (Cicero)
Cura posterior A later concern
Cura ut valeasTake care

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Da mihi sis cerevisiam dilutamI’ll have a light beer
Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eoI’ll have a pizza with everything on it
Damnant quod non intelleguntThey condemn what they do not understand
De bene esseIt shall be so, as long as it is well
De duobus malis minus est semper eligendumOne must always choose the lesser of two evils. (Thomas a Kempis)
De factoSomething that is automatically accepted
De gustibus non est disputandumThere’s no accounting for taste
De nihilo nihilNothing comes from nothing. (Lucretius)
Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem!The devil made me do it!
Dic mihi solum facta, dominaJust the facts, ma’am
Dictum sapienti sat estA word to a wise person is sufficient
Die dulci freureHave a nice day
Diem perdidiI have lost a day (another day wasted) (Titus)
Dies felicesHappy Days
Dies iraeThe Day of Wrath, or Judgment Day
Difficile est saturam non scribereIt is hard not to write satire. (Juvenalis)
Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceasIt is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. (Pliny the Younger)
Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidiumDiligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. (Seneca)
Dimidium facti qui coepit habetHalf is done when the beginning is done. (Horace)
Dira necessitasThe dire necessity. (Horace)
Divide et imperaDivide and conquer
Do ut desI give so that you give back
Docendo disciturIt is learned by teaching. (Seneca)
Dominus tecumMay the Lord be with you (Singular)
Dominus vobiscumMay the Lord be with you (Plural)
Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicosAs long as you are fortunate, you will have many friends (when you are successful, everyone wants to be your friend)
Dulce bellum inexpertisWar is sweet for those who haven’t experienced it. (Pindaros)
Dum excusare credis, accusasWhen you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself. (St. Jerome)
Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatemAs long as we are among humans, let us be humane. (Seneca)
Dum spiro, speroWhile I breathe, I hope. (Cicero)
Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonumWhile we have the time, let us do good
Dum vita est spes estWhile life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope
Dum vivimus, vivamusWhile we live, let us live (Epicurean philosophy)

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Ego spem pretio non emoI do not purchase hope for a price (I do not buy a pig in a poke.)
Eheu fugaces labuntur anniAlas, the fleeting years slip by. (Horace)
Eheu, litteras istas reperire non possumUnfortunately, I can’t find those particular documents
Emitte lucem et veritatemSend out light and truth
Epistula non erubescitA letter doesn’t blush. (Cicero)
Errare humanum estTo err is human. / It is human to err (Seneca)
Esse quam videriTo be rather than to seem
Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credisFaith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. (St. Augustine)
Est modus in rebusThere is a medium in things. (Horace)
Est queadam fiere voluptasThere is a certain pleasure in weeping. (Ovid)
Esto PerpetuaLet it be forever
Et tu, BruteYou too, Brutus (Caesar’s last words)
Etiam capillus unus habet umbramEven one hair has a shadow. (Publilius Syrus)
Ex animoFrom the heart (sincerely)
Ex cearuloOut of the blue
Ex gratiaAs a favour
Ex mea sententiaIn my opinion
Ex nihilo nihilOut of nothing, nothing comes / is made
Ex uno disce omnesFrom one person learn all persons (From one we can judge the rest.)
Exceptio probat regulam de rebus non exceptisAn exception establishes the rule as to things not excepted
Excitabat fluctus in simpuloHe was stirring up billows in a ladle. (He was raising a tempest in a teapot.) (Cicero)
Exitus acta probatThe outcome proves the deeds (the end justifies the means) (Ovid)
Experientia docetExperience is the best teacher
Experientia docet stultosExperience teaches fools

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Faber est suae quisque fortunaeEvery man is the artisan of his own fortune. (Appius Claudius Caecus)
Fac ut gaudeamMake my day
Fac ut nemo me vocetHold my calls
Fac ut vivasGet a life
Facilius est multa facere quam diuIt is easier to do many things than to do one for a long time. (Quintilianus)
Facilius per partes in cognitionem totius adducimurWe are more easily led part by part to an understanding of the whole. (Seneca)
Facito aliquid operis, ut te semper diabolus inveniat occupatumAlways do something, so that the devil always finds you occupied. (St. Jerome)
Facta, non verbaDeeds, not words (Actions speak louder than words)
Factum est illud, fieri infectum non potestDone is done, it cannot be made undone. (Plautus)
Fallaces sunt rerum speciesThe appearances of things are deceptive. (Seneca)
Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibusUntrue in one thing, untrue in everything
Fama crescit eundoThe rumour grows as it goes. (Vergil)
Fama volatThe rumour has wings. (Vergil)
Farrago fatigans!Thuffering thuccotash!
Fas est et ab hoste doceriIt’s proper to learn even from an enemy. (Ovid)
Fax mentis incedium gloriaeThe passion of glory is the torch of the mind
Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causasHappy is he who has been able to learn the causes of things. (Vergil)
Feliz ano novoHappy new year
Fere libenter homines id quod volunt creduntMen readily believe what they want to believe. (Caesar)
Festina lenteMake haste slowly
Fiat luxLet there be light
Fide, non armisBy faith, not arms
Fides quaerens intellectumFaith seeking understanding
Finis coronat opusThe ending crowns the work. (Ovid)
Flamma fumo est proximaFlame follows smoke. (Plautus)
Fluctuat nec mergiturIt is tossed by the waves but it does not sink
Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabitPerhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy
Forsan miseros meliora sequenturFor those in misery perhaps better things will follow. (Virgil)
Fortes et LiberStrong and free. (Alberta)
Fortes fortuna adiuvatFortune helps the brave men. (Terence)
Fortiter Fideliter Forsan FeliciterBravely, faithfully, perhaps successfully
Fortuna caeca estFortune is blind. (Cicero)
Frangar non flectarI am broken, I am not deflected

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Gaudeamus igitur (iuvenes dum sumus)Therefore, let us rejoice (while we are young)
Gladiator in arena consilium capitThe gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena (i.e., too late) (Seneca)
Gloria virtutis umbraGlory (is) the shadow of virtue
Gnothe seauton (Greek)Know thyself
Graeca sunt, non legunturIt is Greek, you don’t read that
Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendoThe drop excavates the stone, not with force but by falling often. (Ovid)

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Helluo librorumA glutton for books (bookworm)
Heu! Tintinnuntius meus sonat!Darn! There goes my beeper!
Heus, hic nos omnes in agmine sunt!Hey, we’re all in line here!
Hinc illae lacrimaeHence these tears. (Terence)
Hoc est in votisThis is in my prayers
Hoc est verum et nihili nisi verumThis is the truth and nothing but the truth
Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium paritIn these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate. (Terence)
Homines libenter quod volunt creduntMen believe what they want to. (Terentius)
Homines, dum docent, discuntMen learn while they teach. (Seneca)
Homo vitae commodatus non donatus estMan has been lent to life, not given. (Pubilius Syrus)
Honores mutant moresThe honours change the customs. (Power corrupts)
Horas non numero nisi serenasI count only the bright hours. (Inscription on ancient sundials.)
Humum mandereTo bite the dust

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Id certum est quod certum reddi potestThat is certain that can be made certain
Id imperfectum manet dum confectum eritIt ain’t over until it’s over
Id tibi praebet speciem lepidissimam!It looks great on you!
Ille dolet vere, qui sine teste doletHe mourns honestly who mourns without witnesses. (Martialis)
Illegitimis nil carborundumDon’t let the bastards grind you down
Illiud Latine dici non potestYou can’t say that in Latin
Illius me paenitet, duxSorry about that, chief
Imitatores, servum pecus!Imitators, you slavish crowd! (Horace)
Imperium et libertasEmpire and liberty. (Cicero)
Impossibilium nulla obligatio estNobody has any obligation to the impossible. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
In absentiaIn one’s absence
In aere aedificareBuild (castles) in the air. (St. Augustine)
In alio pediculum, in te ricinum non videsYou see a louse on someone else, but not a tick on yourself. (Petronius)
In dentibus anticis frustrum magnum spiniciae habesYou have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth
In dubiis non est agendumIn dubious cases, you should not act
In his ordo est ordinem non servareIn this case the only rule is not obeying any rules
In hoc signo vincesIn this sign, you will be victorious. (Eusebios)
In libris libertasIn books (there is) freedom
In magnis et voluisse sat estTo once have wanted is enough in great deeds. (Propertius)
In medio tutissimus ibisIn the middle of things you will go most safe. (Ovid)
In omnia paratusPrepared for all things
In pari materiaOf like kind
In posterumTill the next day
In quaestione versareTo be under investigation
In silvam ne ligna ferasDon’t carry logs into the forest. (Horace)
In spiritu et veritateIn spirit and truth. (Versio Vulgata)
In vinculis etiam audaxIn chains yet still bold (free)
In virtute sunt multi ascensusIn excellence there are many degrees. (Cicero)
Indulgentiam quaesoI ask your indulgence
infra dignitatemUndignified (beneath (our) dignity)
Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est.Inhumanity is harmful in every age. (Cicero)
Iniqua nunquam regna perpetuo manentStern masters do not reign long. (Seneca Philosophus)
Iniuria non excusat iniuriamOne wrong does not justify another
Intellectum valde amatLove the intellect strongly. (St. Augustine)
Intelligenti paucaFew words suffice for he who understands
Intelligo me intelligereI understand that I understand. (St. Augustine)
Inter nosBetween us
Inter vivosLiving
Interfice errorem, diligere errantemKill the sin, love the sinner. (St. Augustine)
Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artesLet us improve life through science and art. (Vergil)
Ipsa scientia potestas estKnowledge itself is power. (Bacon)
Ipse dixitHe himself said it. (Cicero)
Ira furor brevis estAnger is a brief insanity. (Horace)
Isso fedeThis stinks
Ita erat quando hic adveniIt was that way when I got here
Iustita omnibusJustice for all

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Labor omnia vincitWork conquers all things. (Virgil)
Labra legeRead my lips
Latet anguis in herbaA snake lies in the grass. (Vergil)
Latine loqui coactus sumI have this compulsion to speak Latin
Laudant illa, sed ista leguntSome (writing) is praised, but other is read. (Martialis)
Laudatores temporis actiPraisers of time past
Lectio brevior lectio potiorThe shortest reading is the more probable reading
Lege et lacrimaRead it and weep
Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onusThe burden is made light which is borne well. (Ovid)
Lex malla, lex nullaA bad law is no law. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Libenter homines id quod volunt creduntMen gladly believe that which they wish for. (Caesar)
Liberae sunt nostrae cogitationesOur thoughts are free. (Cicero)
Liberate Te Ex InferisSave yourself from hell
Libertas inaestimabilis res estLiberty is a thing beyond all price. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Liberum arbitriumFree will
Licentia liquendiLiberty of speaking
Licentia poeticaPoetic licence. (Seneca)
LitoralisBeach bum
Locus classicusThe most authoritative source
Locus enim est principum generationis rerumFor place is the origin of things. (Roger Bacon)
Lupus in fabulaThe wolf in the tale (i.e. speak of the wolf, and he will come) (Terence)
Lux et veritasLight and Truth

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Magister mundi sum!I am the master of the universe!
Magna cum laudeWith high honor
Magnas inter oper inopsA pauper in the midst of wealth. (Horace)
Male parta male dilabunturWhat has been wrongly gained is wrongly lost. (Ill-gotten gains seldom prosper.) (Cicero)
Malum consilium quod mutari non potestIt’s a bad plan that can’t be changed. (Publilius Syrus)
Manu militari.By military force.
Mater artium necessitasNecessity is the mother of invention
Materiam superabat opusThe workmanship was better than the subject matter. (Ovid)
Me fallitI do not know
Me iudice(I being judge) in my judgement
Me transmitte sursum, caledoni!Beam me up, Scotty!
Mea culpaMy fault
Mea culpaMy mistake
Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermoMy conscience means more to me than all speech. (Cicero)
Medice, cura te ipsum!Physician, heal thyself! (Versio Vulgata)
Medici graviores morbos asperis remediis curantDoctors cure the more serious diseases with harsh remedies. (Curtius Rufus)
Medicus curat, natura sanatThe physician treats, nature cures
Medio tutissimus ibisYou will go safest in the middle (Moderation in all things.)(Ovid)
Melius est praevenire quam praeveniriBetter to forestall than to be forestalled
Melius frangi quam flectiIt is better to break than to bend
Melius tarde, quam nunquamBetter late than never
Mellita, domi adsumHoney, I’m home
Mendacem memorem esse oportetA liar needs a good memory. (Quintilianus)
Mens agitat molemThe mind moves the matter. (Vergil)
Mens regnum bona possidetAn honest heart is a kingdom in itself. (Seneca)
Mens sana in corpore sanoA sound mind in a sound body. (Juvenalis)
Meum pactum dictumMy word is my bond
Mihi cura futuriMy concern is the future
Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congrediExcuse me. I’ve got to see a man about a dog
Minime senuisti!You haven’t aged a bit!
Minus habensAbsentminded
Mirabile dictuWonderful to say/relate. (Vergil)
Modus OperandiWay of operating
Mors ultima linea rerum estDeath is everything’s final limit. (Horace)
Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verenturMany fear their reputation, few their conscience. (Pliny)
Multis post annisMany years later
Multum in parvoMuch in little
Multun, non multaMuch, not many (quality not quantity)
Munit haec et altera vincitOne defends and the other conquers
Mus uni non fidit antroA mouse does not rely on just one hole. (Plautus)
Musica delenit bestiam feramMusic soothes the savage beast
Mutatis mutandisWhat was to be changed having been changed

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Nam et ipsa scientia potestas esKnowledge is power. (Sir Francis Bacon)
Natura nihil fit in frustraNature does nothing in vain
Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum!Don’t you dare erase my hard disk!
Ne feceris ut rideamDon’t make me laugh
Ne quid nimisNothing in excess. (Terence)
Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine teI am able to live / I can live neither with you, nor without you. (Martial)
Nec verbum verbo curabis reddere fidus interpresAs a true translator you will take care not to translate word for word. (Horace)
Necessitatis non habet legemNecessity knows no law
Nemo autem regere potest nisi qui et regiMoreover, there is no one who can rule unless he can be ruled. (Seneca)
Nemo dat quod non habetNo one gives what he does not have
Nemo hic adest illius nominisThere is no one here by that name
Nemo liber est qui corpori servitNo one is free who is a slave to his body
Nemo nisi morsNobody except death (will part us). (Inscription in the wedding ring of the Swedish Queen Katarina Jagellonica.)
Nemo risum praebuit, qui ex se coepitNobody is laughed at, who laughs at himself. (Seneca)
Nemo surdior est quam is qui non audietNo man is more deaf than he who will not hear
Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locumNo man by fearing reaches the top. (Syrus)
Nervos belli, pecuniam. (Nervus rerum.)The nerve of war, money. (The nerve of things.) (Cicero)
Nescio quid dicasI don’t know what you’re talking about
Neutiquam erroI am not lost
Nihil agere delectatIt is pleasant to do nothing. (Cicero)
Nihil aliud scit necessitas quam vincereNecesssity knows nothing else but victory. (Syrus)
Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitioneI’m not interested in your dopey religious cult
Nihil declaroI have nothing to declare
Nihil est ab omni parte beatumNothing is good in every part. (Horace)
Nihil est incertius volgoNothing is more uncertain than the (favour of the) crowd. (Cicero)
Nihil est miserum nisi cum putesNothing is unfortunate if you don’t consider it unfortunate. (Boethius)
Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possitNo fort is so strong that it cannot be taken with money. (Cicero)
Nihil est–In vita priore ego imperator romanus fuiThat’s nothing–in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor
Nil admirariTo admire nothing. (Horace)
Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvitNot much worth is an example that solves one quarrel with another. (Horace)
Nil desperandum!Never despair! (Horace)
Nil homini certum estNothing is certain for man. (Ovid)
Nil Sine NumineNothing without providence
Nisi credideritis, non intelligetisUnless you will have believed, you will not understand. (St. Augustine)
Noli equi dentes inspicere donatiDo not look a gift horse in the mouth. (St. Jerome)
Noli me tangere!Don’t touch me! (Versio Vulgata)
Noli me vocate. Ego te vocaboDon’t call me. I’ll call you
Noli turbare circulos meos!Don’t upset my calculations! (Archimedes)
Nolite id cogere, cape malleum majoremDon’t force it, get a bigger hammer
Nomina stultorum parietibus haerentThe names of foolish persons adhere to walls (Fools names and fools faces are often seen in public places.)
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodatIt’s not the heat, it’s the humidity
Non compos mentisNot in possession of one’s senses
Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poemaI don’t care. If it doesn’t rhyme, it isn’t a poem
Non erravi perniciose!I did not commit a fatal error!
Non est ad astra mollis e terris viaThere is no easy way from the earth to the stars. (Seneca)
Non est ei similisThere is no one like him
Non est vivere sed valere vita estLife is not being alive but being well (life is more than just being alive)
Non Gradus Anus Rodentum!Not Worth A Rats Ass!
Non illigitamus carborundumDon’t let the bastards grind you down
Non mihi, non tibi, sed nobisNot for you, not for me, but for us
Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortisWe do not fear death, but the thought of death. (Seneca)
Non multa, sed multumNot many, but much. (Meaning, not quantity but quality.) (Plinius)
Non omne quod licet honestum estNot everything that is permitted is honest. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Non omne quod nitet aurum estNot all that glitters is gold
Non omnes qui habemt citharam sunt citharoediNot all those who own a musical instrument are musicians. (Bacon)
Non omnia possumus omnesNot all of us are able to do all things (We can’t all do everything.) (Virgil)
Non omnis moriarNot all of me will die. (Horace)
Non scholae sed vitae discimusWe do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)
Non semper erit aestasIt will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)
Non sequiturIt does not follow
Non sibi sed patriae!Not for self, but country (US Navy Motto)
Non sibi sed suisNot for one’s self but for one’s people
Non sum qualis eramI am not what / of what sort I was (I’m not what I used to be.)
Non ut edam vivo, sed vivam edoI do not live to eat, but eat to live. (Quintilianus)
Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esseNo, excuse me, I believe I’m next
Nonne de novo eboraco venis?You’re from New York, aren’t you?
Nonne macescis?Have you lost weight?
Nosce te ipsumKnow thyself. (Inscription at the temple of Apollo in Delphi.)
Nulla regula sine exceptioneThere is no rule/law without exception
Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta estNothing is so expensive as that which you have bought with pleas. (Seneca)
Nulli secundusSecond to none
Nullius in verba(Rely) on the words on no one (Horace)
Nullo metro compositum estIt doesn’t rhyme
Nullum est iam dictum quod non dictum sit priusNothing is said that hasn’t been said before. (Terence)
Nullum Gratuitum PrandiumThere is no free lunch!
Nullum saeculum magnis ingeniis clausum estNo generation is closed to great talents. (Seneca)
Nullus est instar domusThere is no place like home
Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prositThere is no book so bad that it is not profitable on some part. (Pliny the Younger)
Numquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicitNever does nature say one thing and wisdom say another
Numquam non paratusNever unprepared
Numquam se minus solum quam cum solus essetYou are never so little alone as when you are alone. (Cicero)

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O diem praeclarum!Oh, what a beautiful day!
O praeclarum custodem ovium lupum!An excellent protector of sheep, the wolf! (Cicero)
O quam cito transit gloria mundi!O how quickly passes the glory of the world!
O sancta simplicitas!Oh, holy simplicity! (Jan Hus)
O tempora, O mores!O the times, O the customs! (Cicero)
O! Plus! Perge! Aio! Hui! Hem!Oh! More! Go on! Yes! Ooh! Ummm!
Obesa cantavitThe fat lady has sung
Omne ignotum pro magnifico estWe have great notions of everything unknown. (Tacitus)
Omne initium est difficileEvery beginning is difficult
Omne trium perfectumEverything that comes in threes is perfect
Omnes aequo animo parent ubi digni imperantAll men cheerfully obey where worthy men rule. (Syrus)
Omnes lagani pistrinae gelate male sapiuntAll frozen pizzas taste lousy
Omnes una manet noxThe same night awaits us all. (Horace)
Omnes vulnerant, ultima necatAll (hours) wound, the last kills. (inscription on solar clocks)
Omnia iam fient quae posse negabamEverything which I used to say could not happen will happen now. (Ovid)
Omnia mea mecum portoAll that is mine, I carry with me. (Cicero)
Omnia mors aequatDeath equals all things
Omnia mutantur, nihil interitEverything changes, nothing perishes. (Ovid)
Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illisAll things change, and we change with them
Omnia vincit amor; et nos cedamus amoriLove conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. (Vergil)
Omnium rerum principia parva suntEverything has a small beginning. (Cicero)
Optimus magister, bonus liberThe best teacher is a good book
Ora et laboraPray and labor. (St. Benedict)
Osculare pultem meam!Kiss my grits!

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PaceBe at peace
Pacta sunt servandaAgreements are to be kept. (Cicero)
Pactum servaKeep the faith
Palmam qui meruit feratLet him who has earned it bear the reward
Para bellum.For the war.
Pars maior lacrimas ridet et intus habetYou smile at your tears but have them in your heart. (Martialis)
Par Oneri - Equal to the Task (Royal Australian Corps of Transport motto)
Paulatim - Little by Little (Royal Australian Army Medical Corps motto)
Parva leves capiunt animasSmall things occupy light minds (small things amuse small minds)
Patria est communis omnium parensOur native land is the common parent of us all. (Cicero)
Pavesco, pavescoI’m shaking, I’m shaking
Pax et bonum!Peace and salvation!
Pax tecumMay peace be with you (Singular)
Pax vobiscumMay peace be with you (Plural)
Peccatum tacituritatisSin of silence
Pecunia in arbotis non crescitMoney does not grow on trees
Per angusta in augustaThrough difficulties to great things
Per ARDUA ad astra. Through endeavour (toil, struggle etc) to the stars (official motto of the R.A.F.).
Per aspera ad astraThrough the thorns to the stars
Per varios usus artem experientia fecitThrough different exercises practice has brought skill. (Manilius)
Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olimBe patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)
Pericula in mora. Danger in delay.
Periculum in moraThere is danger in delay. (Livy)
Perpetuo vincit qui utitur clementiaHe is forever victor who employs clemency. (Syrus)
Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum estThe check is in the mail
Pessimus inimicorum genus, laudantesThe worst kind of enemies, those who can praise. (Tacitus)
Philosophum non facit barba!The beard does not define a philosopher
Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitateEntities should not be multiplied unnecessarily
Plusque minusqueMore or less
Poeta fit, non nasciturA poet is made, he is not born
Poeta nascitur, non fitThe poet is born, not made
Pollice verso. Thumbs down (‘Kill him off). Finish off the enemy hurled to the ground (shouts to the victorious gladiator in Coliseum in ancient Rome).
Poli, poli, di umbuendoSlowly, Slowly we will get there
Pone ubi sol non lucet!Put it where the sun don’t shine!
Possunt quia posse videnturThey can because they think they can
Post bellum.After war.
Post tenebras luxAfter the darkness, light
Potes currere sed te occulere non potesYou can run, but you can’t hide
Potest ex casa magnus vir exireA great man can come from a hut. (Seneca)
Potius Mori Quam FoedarDeath Before Dishonor (Massachusetts Maritime Academy Honor Guard Motto)
Potius sero quam numquamIt’s better late than never. (Livy)
Praemonitus pramunitusForewarned, forearmed
Praetio prudentia praestatPrudence supplies a reward
Prehende uxorem meam, sis!Take my wife, please!
Pret toujours pretReady, Always Ready (304TH Signal Battalion Motto)
Primum non nocereThe first thing is to do no harm (Hippocratic oath)
Primum viveri deinde philosophariLive before you philosophize, or Leap before you look
Primus inter paresFirst among his equals
Pro bono publicoFor the public good
Pro di immortales!Good Heavens!
Pro opportunitateAs circumstances allow
Probae esti in segetem sunt deteriorem datae fruges, tamen ipsae suaptae enitentA good seed, planted even in poor soil, will bear rich fruit by its own nature. (Accius)
Promoveatur ut amoveaturLet him be promoted to get him out of the way
Propino fibi salutem!Cheers!
Proximus sum egomet mihiI am closest to myself. (Charity begins at home.) (Terence)
Pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractantChildren are children, (therefore) children do childish things
Purgamentum init, exit purgamentumGarbage in, garbage out
Puris omnia puraTo the pure all things are pure

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Quad nesciunt eos non interficietWhat they don’t know won’t kill them
Qualis pater talis filiusAs is the father, so is the son; like father, like son
Qualitas potentia nostraQuality is our power (Finnish Air Force motto)
Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diuThe important thing isn’t how long you live, but how well you live. (Seneca)
Quam se ipse amans-sine rivale!Himself loving himself so much-without a rival! (Cicero)
Quam terribilis est haec horaHow fearful is this hour
Quemadmodum possums scire utrum vere simus an solum sentiamus nos esse?How are we to know whether we actually exist or only think we exist?
Qui bene cantat, bis oratHe who sings well, prays twice
Qui dedit benificium taceat; narret qui accepitLet him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it. (Seneca)
Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellumLet him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)
Qui docet discitHe who teaches learns
Qui dormit, non peccatOne who sleeps doesn’t sin
Qui habet aures audiendi audiatHe who has ears, let him understand how to listen
Qui ignorabat, ignorabiturOne who is ignorant will remain unnoticed
Qui nimium probat, nihil probatOne who proves too much, proves nothing
Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus eritHe who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow. (Ovid)
Qui omnes insidias timet in nullas inciditHe who fears every ambush falls into none. (Pubilius Syrus)
Qui scribit bis legitHe who writes reads twice
Qui tacet consentire videturHe that is silent is thought to consent
Qui tacet, consentitSilence gives consent
Qui vir odiosus!What a bore!
Qui vivat atque floreat ad plurimos annosMay he live and flourish for many years
Qui vult dare parva non debet magna rogareHe who wishes to give little shouldn’t ask for much
Quia natura mutari non potest idcirco verae amicitiae sempiternae suntSince nature cannot change, true friendships are eternal. (Horace)
Quid agis, medice?What’s up, Doc?
Quid NoviWhat’s New?
Quid nuncWhat now?! (a nosy busybody)
Quid pro quoSomething for something (tit for tat)
Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videturAnything said in Latin sounds profound
Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narraturWhy do you laugh? Just change the name and the tale is told of you. (Horace)
Quidvis Recte Factum Quamvis Humile PraeclarumWhatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble
Quieta non movereNot to move (things lying) quiet
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?Who shall keep watch over the guardians? (Luvenalis)
Quis separabit?Who shall separate us?
Quis, quid, ubi, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando?Who, what, where, with what, why, how, when?
Quo ad hocAs much as this (to this extent)
Quo animo?With what spirit? (or intent?)
Quo fas et gloria docuntWhere right and glory lead
Quo signo nata es?What’s your sign?
Quo vadis? Where are you going? / Whither goest thou?
Quod bonum, felix faustumque sit!May it be good, fortunate and prosperous! (Cicero)
Quod erat demonstrandum (QED)Which was to be shown or demonstrated
Quod erat faciendumWhich was to be done
Quod incepimus conficiemusWhat we have begun we shall finish
Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?How do you get your hair to do that?
Quomodo valesHow are you?
Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebitTrue love will hold on to those whom it has held. (Seneca)
Quot homines, tot sententiaeAs many men, so many opinions. / There are as many opinions as there are men/people

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Radicitus, comes!Really rad, dude!
Radix lectiCouch potato
Raptus regaliterRoyally screwed
Rara avisA rare bird
Ratio et consilium propriae ducis artesReason and deliberation are the proper skills of a general
Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refertFrankly my dear, I don’t give a damn
Redde Caesari quae sunt CaesarisRender unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
Regnat non regitur qui nihil nisi quod vult facitHe is a king and not a subject who does only what he wishes. (Syrus)
Relata referoI tell what I have been told. (Herodotos)
Rem tene, verba sequenturKeep to the subject and the words will follow. (Cato Senior)
Repetitio est mater memoriae/ studiorum/Repetition is the mother of memory/studies
Requiescat in paceLet him/her rest in peace. (May he/she rest in peace)
Rerum concordia discorsThe concord of things through discord. (Horace)
Res firma mitescere nescitA firm resolve does not know how to weaken
Res severa est verum gaudiumTrue joy is a serious thing. (Seneca)
Respice post te, mortalem te esse mementoLook around you, remember that you are mortal. (Tertullianus)
Respice, adspice, prospiceExamine the past, examine the present, examine the future (look to the past, the present, the future)
Revelare pecunia!Show me the money!
Rex regnant sed non gubernatThe king reigns but does not govern
Rident stolidi verba LatinaFools laugh at the Latin language. (Ovid)
Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat?What prevents me from speaking the truth with a smile? (Horace)
Risu inepto res ineptior nulla estThere is nothing more foolish than a foolish laugh. (Catullus)
Romani ite domusYankee go home! (Monty Phyton’s The Life of Brian)
Romani quidem artem amatoriam inveneruntYou know, the Romans invented the art of love
Rumores volant. / Rumor volatRumors fly. / Rumor flies

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Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosasOften the prickly thorn produces tender roses. (Ovid)
Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sitOften it is not even advantageous to know what will be. (Cicero)
Saepe stilum vertasMay you often turn the stylus (You should make frequent corrections.)
Sane ego te vocavi. Forsitan capedictum tuum desitI did call. Maybe your answering machine is broken
Sapere aude!Dare to be wise! (Horace)
Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probatA wise man states as true nothing he does not prove (don’t swear to anything you don’t know firsthand)
Sat sapientiEnough for a wise man. (Plautus)
Satius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis, quam innocentem damnariIt is better that a crime is left unpunished than that an innocent man is punished. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Scio cur summae inter se dissentiant! Numeris Romanis utor!I know why the numbers don’t agree! I use Roman numerals!
Scito te ipsumKnow yourself
Scribere est agereTo write is to act
Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?Who watches the watchmen? (Juvenal)
Sedit qui timuit ne non succederetHe who feared he would not succeed sat still. (For fear of failure, he did nothing.) (Horace)
Semper fidelisAlways faithful (US Marines Motto)
Semper GumbyAlways flexible (United States Air Forces, Europe, Contracting squadron motto)
Semper idemAlways the same thing. (Cicero)
Semper Letteris MandateAlways get it in writing!
Semper paratusAlways ready (US Coast Guard Motto)
Semper PrimusAlways first (US Army Pathfinder motto)
Semper ubi sub ubi ubiqueAlways wear underwear everywhere
Sequens mirabitur aetasThe following age will be amazed
Serva me, servabo teSave me and I will save you. (Petronius Arbiter)
Si fallatis officium, quaestor infitias eat se quicquam scire de factis vestrisIf you fail, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your activities
Si fecisti nega!If you did it, deny it (stonewall!)
Si finis bonus est, totum bonum eritIf the end is good, everything will be good (all’s well that ends well)
Si fractum non sit, noli id reficereIf it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habesEssentially it says, ‘if you can read this, you’re overeducated.’
Si post fata venit gloria non properoIf glory comes after death, I’m not in a hurry (if one must die to be recognised, I can wait)
Si tacuisses, philosophus manissesIf you had kept quiet, you would have remained a philosopher. (Boethius)
Si vis amari, amaIf you wish to be loved, love. (Seneca)
Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you wish to have peace you should be prepared for war.
Sic ad nauseamAnd so on to the point of causing nausea
Sic faciunt omnesEveryone is doing it
Sic itur ad astraSuch is the path to the stars (i.e. gain reputation) (Vergil)
Sic volo, sic iubeoI want this, I order this. (Juvenalis)
Silent enim leges inter armaLaws are silent in times of war. (Cicero)
Sine dieWithout a day (being set)
Sine ira et studioWithout anger or bias. (Tacitus)
Sine nobilitatisWithout nobility (SNOB)
Sit vis nobiscumMay the Force be with you
Sobria inebrietasSober intoxication
Sol omnibus lucetThe sun shines upon us all. (Petronius)
Solitudinem fecerunt, pacem appeluntThey made a desert and called it peace. (Tacitus)
Sona si latine loquerisHonk if you speak Latin
Spectaculorum procedere debetThe show must go on
Spemque metumque inter dubiisHover between hope and fear. (Vergil)
Spero nos familiares mansurosI hope we’ll still be friends
Splendor sine occasuSplendour without end
Status quo ante bellum.State before the war.
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potesIt is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid. (Publilius Syrus)
Sub secretoIn secret
Sub silentioIn silence
Sub sole nihil novi estThere’s nothing new under the sun
Subucula tua apparetYour slip is showing
Suggestio veri, suggestio falsiAn intimation of truth, an intimation of falcity
Sui generisOf one’s own kind
Summa cum laudeWith highest honor
Summam scrutemurLet’s look at the bottom line
Summum ius, summa iniuriaThe extreme law is the greatest injustice. (Cicero)
Sumptus censum ne superetLet not your spending exceed your income (live within your means)
Suo jureIn one’s rightful place
Suos cuique mosEveryone has his customs. (Gellius)
Sursum corda(lift) up (your) hearts
Suum cuique pulchrum estTo each his own is beautiful. (Cicero)

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Tam diu minime visu!Long time, no see!
Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivasWe should learn as long as we may live. (We live and learn.) (Seneca Philosophus)
Te capiam, cunicule sceleste!I’ll get you, you wascally wabbit!
Te precor dulcissime supplex!Pretty please with a cherry on top!
Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illisThe times change, and we change with them. (John Owen)
Tempus edax rerumTime is the devourer of things (time flies)
Tempus neminem manetTime waits for no one
Tetigisti acuYou have hit the nail on the head. (Plautus)
Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumasThank you for not smoking
Timendi causa est nescireIgnorance is the cause of fear. (Seneca)
Timor mortis conturbat meThe fear of death confounds me
Tintinnuntius meus sonat!There goes my beeper!
Tolerabiles ineptiaeBearable absurdities
Totum dependeatLet it all hang out
Trahimur omnes laudis studioWe are all led on by our eagerness for praise. (Cicero)
Transit umbra, lux permanetShadow passes, light remains (On a sun dial)
Tu, rattus turpis!You dirty rat!
Tuis pugis pignore!You bet your bippy!

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Ubi amor, ibi oculusWhere love is, there is insight
Ubi dubium ibi libertasWhere there is doubt, there is freedom
Ubi fumus, ibi ignisWhere there’s smoke, there’s fire
Ubi spiritus est cantus estWhere there is spirit there is song
Ubicumque homo est, ibi benefici locus estWherever there is a man, there is a place of/for kindness/service
Ultima ratio regumThe final argument of kings. (Inscription on French canons in the times of Louis XIV.)
Ultra posse nemo obligaturNo one is obligated beyond what he is able to do
Un idea perplexi naThe idea is strange to us
Una voceWith one voice, unanimously
Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiantMay faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy
Unitas mirabile vinculumThe wonderful bond of unity
Uno Ab AltoOne over all (US Air Force Motto)
Unum necessariumThe one necessary
Unus multorumOne of many. (Horace)
Urbanus et instructusA gentleman and a scholar
Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntasAlthough the power is lacking, the will is commendable. (Ovid)
Ut humiliter opinorIn my humble opinion
Ut incepit fidelis sic permanetAs loyal as she began, so she remains
Ut sementem feceris, ita metesAs you sow, so shall you reap. (Cicero)
Uti, non abutiTo use, not abuse
Utile et dulceUseful and pleasant

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Vacca foedaStupid cow
Vade in paceGo in peace (Roman way of saying goodbye)
Vae victis!Woe to the conquered! (vanquished) (Livy)
VagansCruising
Vale, lacerte!See you later, alligator!
Variatio delectatThere’s nothing like change! (Cicero)
Velle est posseTo be willing is to be able
Veni vidi viciI came, I saw, I conquered. (Julius Caesar)
Veni, Vidi, volo in domum redireI came, I saw, I want to go home
Venienti occurrite morboMeet the misfortune as it comes. (Persius)
Ventis secundis, tene cursumGo with the flow
Ventis secundis, tene/tenete cursumThe winds being favorable, hold the course
Verba de futuroWords about the future
Verba volant, (littera) scripta manetWords fly away, the written (letter) remains
Verbum sapienti sat estA word to the wise is sufficient
Veritas vincitTruth conquers
Veritas vos liberabitThe truth shall make you free
Verveces tui similes pro ientaculo mihi appositi suntI have jerks like you for breakfast
Vescere bracis meisEat my shorts
Vestigia terrentThe footprints frighten me. (Horace)
Vestis virum redditThe clothes make the man. (Quintilianus)
VetoI forbid
Via mediaA middle way or course
Vice versaIn reverse
Victis honorHonour to the vanquished
Victoria, non praedaVictory, not loot
Victurus te salutoHe who is about to win salutes you
Vide et credereSee and believe
Video meliora proboque deteriora sequorI see the better way and approve it, but I follow the worse way
Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas?Seen any good movies lately?
Vigilando, agendo, bene consulendo, prospera omnia ceduntBy watching, by doing, by counsulting well, these things yield all things prosperous. (Sallust)
Vincit omnia amorLove conquers all
Vincit omnia veritasTruth conquers all
Vincit qui se vincitHe conquers who conquers himself
Vinculum unitatisThe bond of unity
Vinum bellum iucunumque est, sed animo corporeque caretIt’s a nice little wine, but it lacks character and depth
Vinum et musica laetificant corWine and music gladden the heart
Vir prudens non contra ventum mingitA wise man does not urinate against the wind
Vir sapit qui pauca loquiturThat man is wise who talks little (know when to hold your tongue)
Vires acquirit eundoIt gains strength by going / as it goes. (Virgil)
Virtus in medio statVirtue stands in the middle
Virtute et armisBy courage and by arms
VirusPoison or slime
Vis comicaSense of humour
Vis medicatrix naturaeThe healing power of nature
VisaThings seen
Vita brevis, ars lungaLife is short, art is long
Vita luna!Crazy life!
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita estLife is more than merely staying alive
Vita sine libris mors estLife without books is death
Vitam impendere veroTo risk one’s life for the truth
Vitanda est improba siren desidiaOne must steer clear of the wicked temptress, Laziness. (Horace)
Vitiis nemo sine nasciturNo-one is born without faults. (Horace)
Vivos voco, mortuos plangoI call the living, I mourn the dead (on a church bell)
Volo, non valeoI am willing but unable
Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite moresYou cling to your own ways and leave mine to me. (Petrarch)
Vultus est index animiThe face is the index of the soul/mind

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