*cases, agreement between nouns and adjectives


Noun 1: vita, fabula

Noun 2: lupus, ovo, mala, populi, Dei

Noun 3: homo, homini, ars, artium, lux, lex, mater, necessitas, mens, corpore, vox


Adjective 1,2: longa, sana, sano, multa, primus

Adjective 3: brevis, oriente, occidente, pares


Preposition: ab, usque ad, ex, in, inter

Adverb: non, multum

Conjunction: sed





Maxim 1-10 (nouns + preposition)




Ars longa, vita brevis.

Art is long, life is short.

(Seneca, De brevitate vitae)


Ab ovo usque ad mala.

From the egg right to the apple (i.e. from the beginning to the end).

(Horace, Ars poetica)


Ex oriente lux, ex occidente lex.

From the east the light, from the west the law.



Homo homini lupus.

Man is man's wolf.

(Plautus, Asinaria)


Lupus in fabula

The wolf in the tale (i.e. speak of the wolf, and he will come)

(Terence, Adelphoe)


Mater artium necessitas.

Necessity is the mother of invention.



Mens sana in corpore sano.

A sound mind in a sound body.

(Juvenalis, Saturae)


Non multa, sed multum.

Not many, but much.

(Meaning, not quantity but quality. Plinius Iunior, Epistulae)


Vox populi, vox Dei.

The voice of the people is the voice of God.

(From Homer, The Odyssey)


Primus inter pares.

First among equals.

(Used about someone who is the first in a group without having any authority over his/her colleagues.)