YUNI: Latin Quotes, Phrases, Mottos and Quotations (1837 items)

A Deo et Rege
From God and the King

A bene placito
At one's pleasure

A capite ad calcem
From head to heel

A cappella
In church [style] i.e. Vocal music only

A contrario
From a contrary position

A cruce salus
From the cross comes salvation

A fortiori
With yet stronger reason

A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi
A precipice in front, wolves behind (between a rock and a hard place)

A mari usque ad mare
From sea to sea (Motto of Canada)

A mensa et thoro
From board and bed (legal separation)

A pedibus usque ad caput
From feet to head

A posse ad esse
From possibility to actuality

A posteriori
From what comes after. Inductive reasoning based on observation, as opposed to deductive, or a priori

A priori
from what comes before

A verbis ad verbera
from words to blows

Ab absurdo
From the absurd (establishing the validity of your argument by pointing out the absurdity of your opponent's position)

Ab aeterno
From the beginning of time

Ab asino lanam
Wool from an ass, blood from a stone impossible

Ab imo pectore
From the bottom of the chest. (from the heart)

Ab incunabulis
From the cradle

Ab initio
From the beginning

Ab intestato
Having made no will

Ab ovo
From the egg

Ab ovo usque ad mala
From the egg right to the apples (From start to finish) (Horace)

Ab urbe condita
From the foundation of the city. (Rome)

Ab/Ex uno disce omnes
From one person, learn all people

Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit
He has left, absconded, escaped and disappeared

Absente reo
In absence of the defendant

Absit invidia
No offence intended

Absit omen
May the omen be absent. (may this not be an omen)

I'm outta here!

Abusus non tollit usum
Wrong use does not preclude proper use

Abutebaris modo subjunctivo denuo
You've been misusing the subjunctive again

Abyssus abyssum invocat
Hell calls hell; one mistep leads to another

Accipere quam facere praestat injuriam
It 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)

Acta non verba
Action not words

Acta sanctorum
Deeds of the saints

Actus reus
Wrongful act, as opposed to mens reason; the wrongful intention or guilty mind

Ad Libitur
As Desired

Ad absurdum
To the point of absurdity

Ad acta
To archives. Not actual any more

Ad alta
To the summit

Ad astra
To the stars

Ad astra per aspera
To the stars through difficulty

Ad augusta per angusta
To high places by narrow roads

Ad captandum vulgus
To appeal to the crowd - often used of politicians who make false or insincere promises appealing to popular interest

Ad clerum
To the clergy

Ad eundem
Of admission to the same degree at a different university

Ad eundem gradum
To the same level

Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit
To boldly go where no man has gone before

Ad hoc
For a particular purpose. (improvised, made up in an instant)

Ad hominem
Appealing to a person's physical and emotional urges, rather than her or his intellect

Ad honorem
In honour. Honour not baring any material advantage

Ad idem
Of the same mind

Ad infinitum
To infinity without end

Ad interim
For the meantime

Ad libitum (Acronym 'ad lib')
At one's pleasure

Ad limina apostolorum
To the thresholds of the Apostles

Ad litem
For a lawsuit or action

Ad locum
At the place

Ad maiorem dei gloriam (AMDG)
For the greater glory of God

Ad majorem dei gloriam
To the greater glory of God

Ad multos annos
To many years!, i.e. Many happy returns!

Ad nauseum
To the point of making one sick

Ad perpetuam rei memoriam
For the perpetual remembrance of the thing

Ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora
Eggs today are better than chickens tomorrow (a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush)

Ad referendum
Subject to reference

Ad rem
To the point

Ad valorem
By the value, e.g. Ad valorem tax

Ad vitam
For life

Ad vitam aeternam
For all time

Ad vitam paramus
We are preparing for life

A thing to be added

Adeste Fideles
Be present, faithful ones

I am here

Adversus incendia excubias nocturnas vigilesque commentus est
Against the dangers of fires, he (Augustus) conceived of the idea of night guards and watchmen

Adversus solem ne loquitor
Don't speak against the sun (don't waste your time arguing the obvious)

Advocatus diaboli
The devil's advocate

Aegrescit medendo
The disease worsens with the treatment. The remedy is worse than the disease

Aegroto, dum anima est, spes esse dicitur
It is said that for a sick man, there is hope as long as there is life

Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem
Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even. (Horace)

Aeronavis abstractio a prestituto cursu

Aetatis (aet.)

Aeternum vale
Farewell forever

A sworn written statement usable as evidence in court

Age quod agis
Do what you do well, pay attention to what you are doing

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

Things to be done

Agnus Dei
The Lamb of God

Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est
Yes, that is a very large amount of corn

Alea iacta est
The die has been cast. (Caesar)



Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent
Other people's things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people. (Publilius Syrus)

Alis volat propriis
He flies by his own wings

Alma Mater
Nourishing mother. (One's old school or university)

Alter ego
Other 'I' or 'Other Self'

Alter ipse amicus
A friend is another self

Alterum ictum faciam
I'm going to take a mulligan

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi
The deepest rivers flow with the least sound. (still waters run deep)

Nursling (former pupil)

Amantes sunt amentes
Lovers are lunatics

Amantium irae amoris integratio est
The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. (Terence)

Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur
Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time

Amat victoria curam
Victory favors those who take pains

Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore
I 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 cernitur
A true friend is discerned during an uncertain matter

Amicus curiae
Friend of the court

Amicus humani generis
A friend of the human race (philanthropist)

Amicus verus est rara avis
A true friend is a rare bird

Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur
We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. (Syrus)

Amor caecus est
Love is blind

Amor est vitae essentia
Love is the essence of life. (Robert B. Mackay)

Amor ordinem nescit
Love does not know order. (St. Jerome)

Amor patriae
Love of country

Amor platonicus
Platonic love

Amor tussisque non celantur
Love, and a cough, are not concealed. (Ovid)

Amor vincit omnia
Love conquers all. (Virgil)

Amoto quaeramus seria ludo
Joking 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?

Anguis in herba
A snake in the grass. A treacherous person. (Vergil)

Anicularum lucubrationes
Old wives' tales

Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri?
(At a barbeque) Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face?

Animis opibusque parati
Prepared in minds and resources (ready for anything)

Animus facit nobilem
The spirit makes (human) noble

Anno (an.)

Anno domini (AD)
In the year of the Lord

Anno hegirae (AH)
In the year of the hegira

Anno mundi
In the year of the world

Anno regni
In the year of reign

Anno urbis conditae (AUC)
From the year of founding of the city (Rome)

Annuit coeptis
God has favored us

Annus bisextus
Leap year

Annus horribilis
A horrible year

Annus mirabilis
A wonderful year


Ante bellum
Before the war

Ante litteram
Before the letter

Ante meridiem (a.m.)
Before midday

Ante mortem
Before death

Ante prandium (A.p.)
Before a meal

Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem
In the good old days, children like you were left to perish on windswept crags

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!
Let's all wear mood rings!

Apage Satanas
Begone, Satan

Appareo Decet Nihil Munditia?
Is It Not Nifty?

Apudne te vel me?
Your place or mine?

Aqua fortis
Nitric acid

Aqua pura
Pure water

Aqua vitae
Water of life (brandy)

Aquila non captat muscas
The eagle doesn't capture flies (don't sweat the small things)

Arbiter elegantiae
Judge in matters of taste

Arcana imperii
Secrets of the empire

Arduum sane munus
A truly arduous task

For the sake of argument

Argumentum ad hominem
An argument against the man. Directing an argument against an opponent's character rather than the subject at hand

Argumentum ad ignorantiam
Arguing from ignorance

Armis Exposcere Pacem
They demanded peace by force of arms. (An inscription seen on medals)

Ars gratia artis
Art for art's sake. (motto of MGM)

Ars longa, vita brevis
Art (work) is long, but life is short

Ars sine scienta nihil est
Art without science is nothing. (I would also claim that the opposite is true)

Artium baccalaureus
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Artium magister
Master of Arts (MA)

Ascendo tuum
Up yours

Asinus asinum fricat
The ass rubs the ass. (Conceited people flatter each other about qualities they do not possess)

Aspice, officio fungeris sine spe honoris amplioris
Face it, you're stuck in a dead end job

Aspirat primo Fortuna labori
Fortune smiles upon our first effort. (Virgil)

Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit
Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdues both intelligence and skill. (Cicero)

Astra inclinant, non necessitant
The stars incline; they do not determine

Astra non mentiuntur, sed astrologi bene mentiuntur de astris
The stars never lie, but the astrologs lie about the stars

Aude sapere
Dare to know

Audentes fortuna juvat
Fortune favors the bold. (Virgil)

Audere est facere
To dare is to do. (Motto of Tottenham Hotspur)

Audi et alteram partem
Hear the other side too

Audiatur et altera pars!
Let us hear the opposite side!

Auget largiendo
He increases by giving liberally

Aura popularis
The popular breeze. (Cicero)

Aurea mediocritas
The golden mean. (an ethical goal; truth and goodness are generally to be found in the middle.) (Horace)

Auribus teneo lupum
I hold a wolf by the ears. (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.) (Terence)

Aurora Musis amica
Dawn is friend of the muses. (Early bird catches the worm.)

Aurora australis
The Southern lights

Aurora borealis
The Northern lights

Aut disce aut discede
Either learn or leave

Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit
The fellow is either mad or he is composing verses. (Horace)

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
I will either find a way or make one

Aut vincere aut mori
Either conquer or die

Auxilio ab alto
By help from on high

Avarus animus nullo satiatur lucro
A greedy mind is satisfied with no (amount of) gain

Ave atque vale
Hail and farewell. (Catullus)

Ave caesar! Morituri te salutamus
Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you. (gladiators before the fight)

Ave maria
Hail Mary

Balaenae nobis conservandae sunt!
Save the whales!

Beata virgo (Maria)
The Blessed Virgin (Mary)

Beatae memoriae
Of blessed memory

Beati pacifici
Blessed are the peacemakers

Beati pauperes spiritu
Blessed are the poor in spirit

Beati possidentes
Blessed are those who possess. (possession is nine points of the law)

The blessed one

Bella detesta matribus
Wars, the horror of mothers. (Horace)

Bella gerant alii
Let others wage war

Bellum omium contra omnes
Everyman's struggle against everyman. (Thomas Hobbes)


Bene legere saecla vincere
To read well is to master the ages. (Professor Isaac Flagg)

Bene qui latuit, bene vixit
One who lives well, lives unnoticed. (Ovid)

Bene, cum Latine nescias, nolo manus meas in te maculare
Well, if you don't understand plain Latin, I'm not going to dirty my hands on you

Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere
To accept a favour is to sell freedom. (Publilius Syrus)

Bibere venenum in auro
Drink poison from a cup of gold

Bis dat qui cito dat
He gives twice who quickly gives. (Publius Syrus)

Bis in die (B.i.d.)
Twice a day

Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit
He is doubly destroyed who perishes by his own arms. (Syrus)

Bis repetita placent
The things that please are those that are asked for again and again. (Horace)

Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria
He conquers twice who in the hour of conquest conquers himself. (Syrus)

Bis vivit qui bene vivit
He lives twice who lives well

Bona fide
Acting in good faith

Bona fides (noun)
Honest intention

Bona fortuna
Good luck!

Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis
Good wine gladdens a person's heart

Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur!
Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket!

Braccae tuae aperiuntur
Your fly is open

Brevior saltare cum deformibus mulieribus est vita
Life is too short to dance with ugly women

Brevior saltare cum deformibus viris est vita
Life is too short to dance with ugly men

Brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longior
Our life is short but is made longer by misfortunes. (Publilius Syrus)

Cacoethes scribendi
An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)

Cadit quaestio
The question drops

Caeca invidia est
Envy is blind. (Livy)

Caeci caecos ducentes
Blind are led by the blind. Leaders are not more knowledgeable than the ones they lead

Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei
The heavens declare the glory of God

Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt
They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea. (Horace)

Caelum videre iussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus
He bid them look at the sky and lift their faces to the stars. (Ovid)

Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris
If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar

Camera obscvra
Hidden room; an early photographic or painting technique utilizing optical pinholes

Canis meus id comedit
My dog ate it

Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet
A 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 Cerevisi
Seize the beer!

Carpe diem
Seize the day (opportunity) (Horace)

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
Seize the day, trust as little as possible in tomorrow. (Horace)

Casus belli
An act used to justify war

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
I have a catapult. Give me all your money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head


Cave canem, te necet lingendo
Beware of the dog, he may lick you to death

Cave cibum, valde malus est
Beware the food, it is very bad

Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules
If I were you, I wouldn't walk in front of any catapults

Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui
Beware what you say, when, and to whom

Let him/her beware

Caveat emptor
Let the buyer beware. (He buys at his own risk)

Caveat venditor
Let the seller beware

Cedant arma togae
Let arms yield to the toga. (Let violence give place to law)

Cedo maiori
I yield to a greater person

Certamen bikini-suicidus-disci mox coepit?
Does the Bikini-Suicide-Frisbee match start soon?

Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse
You know, Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

Certum est, quia impossibile
It is certain, because it is impossible. (Tertullianus)

Cetera desunt
the rest is missing

Ceteris paribus
All else being equal

Christus rex
Christ the King

Circa (C.)

Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Clara pacta, boni amici
Clear agreements, good friends

Codex juris canonici
Book of canon law

Cogita ante salis
Think before you leap, or look before you leap

Cogitationis poenam nemo patitur
Nobody should be punished for his thoughts

Cogito ergo doleo
I think therefore I am depressed

Cogito sumere potum alterum
I think I'll have another drink

Cogito, ergo sum
I think, therefore I am. (Renˇ Descartes)

Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debet
No person ought to have advantage from his own wrong

Commune bonum
The common good

Commune periculum concordiam parit
Common danger brings forth harmony

Communi consilio
By common consent

Compos mentis
Of sound mind (and judgement)

Concordia discors
Discordant harmony

Concordia res parvae crescent
Work together to accomplish more

Conditio sine qua non
Condition without which not, or an essential condition or requirement

Confer (Cf.)

I confess

Congregatio de Propaganda Fide
Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith

Coniecturalem artem esse medicinam
Medicine is the art of guessing. (Aulus Cornelius Celsus)

Coniunctis viribus
With united powers

Conlige suspectos semper habitos
Round up the usual suspects

Consensu omnium
By the agreement of all

Consensus audacium
An agreement of rash men. (a conspiracy) (Cicero)

Consuetudinis magna vis est
The force of habit is great. (Cicero)

Consule planco
In the consulship of Plancus (In the good old days) (Horace)

Consummatum est
It is completed (Christ's last words, John 19:30)

Contra felicem vix deus vires habet
Against a lucky man a god scarcely has power

Contra mundum
against the world

Contraria contrariis curantur
The opposite is cured with the opposite. (Hippocrates)

Coram populo
In the presence of the people. (Horace)

Cornix cornici oculos non effodiet
A crow doesn't rip out the eyes of another crow

Horn of plenty

Corpus christi
The body of Christ

Corpus delicti
The body of a crime. (The substance or fundamental facts of a crime)

Corpus juris canonici
The body of canon law

Corpus juris civilis
The body of civil law

Corpus vile
Worthless body

A list of things to be corrected. (in a book)

Corripe Cervisiam
Seize the beer!

Corruptio optimi pessima
Corruption of the best is worst

Coruscantes disci per convexa caeli volantes
Flying saucers

Cotidiana vilescunt
Familiarity breeds contempt

Cotidie damnatur qui semper timet
The man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)

Cras amet qui nunquam amavit; Quique amavit, cras amet
May he love tomorrow who has never loved before

Credidi me felem vidisse!
I tought I taw a puddy tat!

Credite amori vera dicenti
Believe love speaking the truth. (St. Jerome)

Credo elvem etiam vivere
I believe Elvis lives

Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse
I think we're on the same wavelength

Credo quia absurdum
I believe it because it is absurd. (contrary to reason) (Tertullian)

Credo ut intelligam
I believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)

Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit
Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)

Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crevit
The love of wealth grows as the wealth itself grew. (Juvenalis)

Crescite et multiplicamini
Increase and multiply

Crimen falsi

Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem
It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)


Cui bono?
For whose benefit is it? (a maxim sometimes used in the detection of crime) (Cicero)

Cui dono lepidum novum libellum?
To whom do I give my new elegant little book? (Catullus)

Cui malo?
Who suffers a detriment?

Cui peccare licet peccat minus
One who is allowed to sin, sins less. (Ovid)

Cuius regio, eius religio
He who rules, his religion

Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia
Patience is the cure for all suffer

A sin

Culpam poena premit comes
Punishment closely follows crime as its companion. (Horace)


Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt
When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults

Cum grano salis
With a grain of salt. (Pliny the Elder?)

Cum homine de cane debeo congredi
Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog

Cum laude
With praise

Cum laude magnum
With great success

Cum tacent, clamant
When they remain silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)

Cura nihil aliud nisi ut valeas
Pay attention to nothing except that you do well. (Cicero)

Cura posterior
A later concern

Cura ut valeas
Take care

Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent
Slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless. (minor losses can be talked away, profound ones strike us dumb)

Curriculum vitae
A summary of a person's career

Cursum perficio
My journey is over, or I finish my journey

Custos morum
Guardian of morals

Da mihi sis bubulae frustrum assae, solana tuberosa in modo gallico fricta, ac quassum lactatum coagulatum crassum
Give me a hamburger, french fries, and a thick shake

Da mihi sis cerevisiam dilutam
I'll have a light beer

Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo
I'll have a pizza with everything on it

Damnant quod non intellegunt
They condemn what they do not understand

Data et accepta
Expenditure and receipts

De asini vmbra disceptare
To argue about the shadow of an ass. (petty things for petty mind)

De bene esse
It shall be so, as long as it is well

De die in diem
From day to day

De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum
Of two evils, the lesser must always be chosen (Thomas ‡ Kempis)

De facto
Something that is automatically accepted

De gustibus non est disputandum
There's no accounting for taste

De integro
Repeat again from the start

De jure
By law. According to law

De minimis
With respect to trifles

De minimis non curat praetor
The authority or king, or law does not care about trivial things

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum
Say nothing but good about the dead. (Chilon)

De nihilo nihil
Nothing comes from nothing. (Lucretius)

De novo

De profundis
Up from the depths (of misery)

De rervm natvra
On the nature of things. (title of Marcus Aurelius's magnum opus)

I have decreed

Dei gratia
By the grace of God

Delenda est carthago
Carthage must be destroyed

Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit
The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn. (Horace)

Deo adiuvante
With God's help

Deo favente
With God's favour

Deo gratias
[We give] thanks to God

Deo optimo maximo
To God, the Best, the Greatest

Deo vindice
God will prove us right. (motto of the Confederate States of America)

Deo volente
God willing

Desunt cetera
The rest is missing

Deus Misereatur
May God Have Mercy

Deus absconditus
A god who is hidden from man

Deus commodo muto consisto quem meus canis sententia existo
Which, in a very ham-fisted way, with generosity, comes close to being

Deus et natua non faciunt frusta
God and nature do not work together in vain

Deus ex machina
A contrived or artificial solution. (literally, 'a god from a machine')

Deus vobiscum
God be with you

Deus volent
(as) God will

Deus vult!
God wills it! (Slogan of the Crusades)

Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit!
God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!

Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem!
The devil made me do it!

Dic mihi solum facta, domina
Just the facts, ma'am

Dictum sapienti sat est
A word to a wise person is sufficient

Die dulci freure
Have a nice day

Diem perdidi
I have lost a day (another day wasted) (Titus)

Dies Irae
The Day of Wrath, or Judgment Day

Dies felices
Happy Days

Dies natalis

Dies non
Business free day

Difficile est longum subito deponere amorem
It is difficult to suddenly give up a long love. (Catullus)

Difficile est saturam non scribere
It is hard not to write satire. (Juvenalis)

Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas
It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. (Pliny the Younger)

Diis aliter visum
The Gods decided otherwise

Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium
Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. (Seneca)

Diligite justitiam, o judices terrae
Cherish justice, o judges of the earth

Dimidium facti qui coepit habet
Half is done when the beginning is done. (Horace)

Dira necessitas
The dire necessity. (Horace)

Discere docendo
To learn through teaching

Disiecti membra poetae
Limbs of a dismembered poet. (Horace)

Disjecta membra
The scattered remains

Divide et impera
Divide and conquer

I have spoken. (I will say no more on the matter, and no one else may speak further)

Do ut des
I give so that you give back

Docendo discitur
It is learned by teaching. (Seneca)

Doli capax
Capable of crime

Domine, dirige nos
Lord, direct us

Domino optimo maximo
To the Lord, the best and greatest

Dominus illuminatio mea
The Lord is my light

Dominus providebit
The Lord will provide

Dominus tecum
May the Lord be with you (Singular)

Dominus vobiscum
May the Lord be with you (Plural)

Domus dulcis domus
(home) Sweet home

Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos
As long as you are fortunate, you will have many friends (when you are successful, everyone wants to be your friend)

Donna nobis pacem
Grant us peace

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus
Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon. (This is the motto of Harry Potter's alma mater)

Dramatis personae
Characters of the play

Duc, sequere, aut de via decede
Lead, follow, or get out of the way

Dulce bellum inexpertis
War is sweet for those who haven't experienced it. (Pindaros)

Dulce est desipere in loco
It is sweet to relax at the proper time

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
It is sweet and glorious to die for one's country. (Horace)

Dulcius ex asperis
Through difficulty, sweetness

Dum excusare credis, accusas
When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself. (St. Jerome)

Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem
As long as we are among humans, let us be humane. (Seneca)

Dum spiramus tuebimur
While we breathe, we shall defend

Dum spiro, spero
While I breathe, I hope. (Cicero)

Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum
While we have the time, let us do good

Dum vita est spes est
While life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope

Dum vivimus, vivamus
While we live, let us live (Epicurean philosophy)

Dura lex, sed lex
The law is harsh, but it is the law

E contrario
From a contrary position

E pluribus unum
From many, one (Motto of the USA)

E re nata
As circumstances dictate

E vestigio
From where one stands

Ecce homo
Behold the man

Ecce signum
Behold the proof

Editio princeps
First printed edition

Consciousness of one's own identity

Ego et rex meus
I and my King

Ego me bene habeo
With me all is well. (last words) (Burrus)

Ego nolo caesar esse
I don't want to be Caesar. (Florus)

Ego spem pretio non emo
I do not purchase hope for a price. (I do not buy a pig in a poke.)

Eheu fugaces labuntur anni
Alas, the fleeting years slip by. (Horace)

Eheu, litteras istas reperire non possum
Unfortunately, I can't find those particular documents

Eiusdem generis
Of the same kind

Elizabeth Regina/Eduardus Rex (E.R.)
Queen Elizabeth/King Edward

Honorary; by merit

Emitte lucem et veritatem
Send out light and truth

Ense et aratro
With sword and plow. (citizen-soldier, one who serves in war and peace)

Eo ipso
By that very act

Eo nomine
Under that name

Epistula non erubescit
A letter doesn't blush. (Cicero)

Eppur si muove
But it does move... (Galileo)

Eram quod es, eris quod sum
I was what you are, you will be what I am. (grave inscription)


Ergo bibamus
Therefore, let us drink

Errare humanum est
To err is human. / It is human to err. (Seneca)

A list of errors (in a book)

Erratum (errata)
error (errors)

Escariorium lavator
Dishwashing machine

Esse est percipi
Being is perception. (It is a standardmetaphysical) (Mauser)

Esse quam videri
To be rather than to seem

Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. (St. Augustine)

Est deus in nobis
The is a god inside us

Est modus in rebus
There is a middle ground in things. (Horace)

Est queadam fiere voluptas
There is a certain pleasure in weeping. (Ovid)

Estne tibi forte magna feles fulva et planissima?
Do you by chance happen to own a large, yellowish, very flat cat?

Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?

Esto perpetua
Let it be forever

Esto perpetue
May you last for ever

Et alii/aliae
Other persons/things

Et cetera/etcetera (etc.)
And the rest.

Et in arcadia ego
I, also, am in Arcadia

Et sequens (et seq.)
And the following

Et sequentes (et seq. Or seqq.)
And those that follow

Et sic de ceteris
And so to of the rest

Et tu, brute!
You too, Brutus! Even you have betrayed me! (Caesar's last words)

Et uxor (abbreviated et ux.)
And wife

Etiam capillus unus habet umbram
Even one hair has a shadow. (Publilius Syrus)

Eventus stultorum magister
Events are the teacher of the stupid persons. Stupid people learn by experience, bright people calculate what to do

Out of

Ex abrupto
Without preparation

Ex abundancia cordis, os loquitor
From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

Ex animo
From the heart (sincerely)

Ex ante
Before the event, beforehand. (economics: based on prior assumptions)

Ex cathedra
From the chair. With authority (without argumentation)

Ex cearulo
Out of the blue

Ex curia
Out of court

Ex gratia
Purely as a favour

Ex hypothesi
From the hypothesis. (i.e. The one under consideration)

Ex libris
From the Library (of)

Ex mea sententia
In my opinion

Ex more
According to custom

Ex nilhilo nihil fit
From, or out of, nothing, nothing comes; nothing begetes nothing.)

Ex officio
By virtue of his office

Ex parte
By only one party to a dispute in the absence of the other

Ex post facto
After the fact, or Retrospectively

Ex proprio motu

Ex silentio
From silence. (from lack of contrary evidence)

Ex tempore
Off the cuff, without preparation

Ex uno disce omnes
From one person learn all persons. (From one we can judge the rest)

Ex voto
According to one's vow

Ever upward

Exceptio probat regulam de rebus non exceptis
An exception establishes the rule as to things not excepted

Exceptis excipiendis
excepting what is to be excepted

Excitabat fluctus in simpulo
He was stirring up billows in a ladle. (He was raising a tempest in a teapot) (Cicero)

Excusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta
He who excuses himself, accuses himself (qui s'excuse, s'accuse)

Permission for a temporary absence

Exegi monumentum aere perennius
I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze. (Horace)

Exempli gratia (e.g)
For the sake of example

They go out

Exeunt omnes
All go out. (A common stage direction in plays)

He/she goes out

Exitus acta probat
The outcome proves the deeds. (the end justifies the means) (Ovid)

Experientia docet
Experience is the best teacher

Experientia docet stultos
Experience teaches fools

Without premeditation

Exterioris pagina puella
Cover Girl

Extinctus amabitur idem
The same [hated] man will be loved after he's dead. How quickly we forget. (Horace)

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus
Outside the Church [there is] No Salvation. (A phrase of much disputed significance in Roman Catholic theology)

Fabas indulcet fames
Hunger sweetens the beans, or hunger makes everything taste good!

Faber est suae quisque fortunae
Every man is the artisan of his own fortune. (Appius Claudius Caecus)

Faber quisque fortunae suae
Each man (is) the maker of his own fortune

Fabricati diem
Make my day

Fac me cocleario vomere!
Gag me with a spoon!

Fac ut nemo me vocet
Hold my calls

Fac ut vivas
Get a life

Facile princeps
Acknowledged leader

Facilis descensvs averno
The descent to Avernus (Hell) it's easy to fall, hard to rise

Facilius est multa facere quam diu
It is easier to do many things than to do one for a long time. (Quintilianus)

Facilius per partes in cognitionem totius adducimur
We are more easily led part by part to an understanding of the whole. (Seneca)

Facito aliquid operis, ut te semper diabolus inveniat occupatum
Always do something, so that the devil always finds you occupied. (St. Jerome)

Facta, non verba
Deeds, not words. (Actions speak louder than words)

Factum est
It is done

Fallaces sunt rerum species
The appearances of things are deceptive. (Seneca)

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus
False in one thing, false in all

Fama crescit eundo
The rumour grows as it goes. (Vergil)

Fama nihil est celerius
Nothing is swifter than rumor

Fama semper vivat
May his/her fame last forever

Fama volat
The rumour has wings. (Vergil)

Fames est optimus coquus
Hunger is the best cook

Farrago fatigans!
Thuffering thuccotash!

Fas est et ab hoste doceri
It's proper to learn even from an enemy. (Ovid)

Favete linguis
To keep a (religious) silence. (Horace)

Fax mentis incedium gloriae
The passion of glory is the torch of the mind

Fecit (fec.)
Made by

Feles mala!
Bad kitty!

Feles mala! cur cista non uteris? stramentum novum in ea posui
Bad kitty! Why don't you use the cat box? I put new litter in it

Felis qvi nihil debet
Happy [is] he who owes nothing

Felix culpa
Happy fault

Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas
Happy is he who has been able to learn the causes of things. (Vergil)

Felo de se

Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt
Men readily believe what they want to believe. (Caesar)

Festina lente
Make haste slowly

Let it be done

Fiat justitia (et ruat caelum)
Let justice be done. (though the heavens fall)"

Fiat lux
Let there be light

Fiat volvntas tua
Let Thy will [be done] (Biblical)

Fide, non armis
By faith, not arms

Fidei defensor
Defender of the faith

Fides punica
Treachery. (Livy)

Fides quaerens intellectum
Faith seeking understanding

Fidus Achates
faithful Achates (friend)

and from the son

Filius nullius
a bastard

Finem respice
Look to the end [before setting forth]

the end

Finis coronat opus
The ending crowns the work. (Ovid)

Flagrante delicto
Literally while the crime is blazing. Caught red-handed, in the very act of a crime

Flamma fumo est proxima
Flame follows smoke. (there is no smoke without fire) (Plautus)

Floreat regina regina
May it flourish. (The motto of the City of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada)


Fluctuat nec mergitur
It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink

Fons et origo
The source and origin

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit
Perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy

Forsan miseros meliora sequentur
For those in misery perhaps better things will follow. (Virgil)

Fortes et liber
Strong and free. (Alberta)

Fortes fortuna adiuvat
Fortune favors the brave. (Terence)

Fortes fortuna iuvat
fortune favours the brave

Fortiter fideliter forsan feliciter
Bravely, faithfully, perhaps successfully

Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo
Resolutely in action, gently in manner. (To do unhesitatingly what must be done but accomplishing it as inoffensively as possible)

Fortitudine vincimus
By endurance we conquer

Fortuna amicos parat, inopia amicos probat
The fortune is preparing friends, the abundance is testing them

Fortuna caeca est
Fortune is blind. (Cicero)

Fortunatus sum! Pila mea de gramine horrido modo in pratum lene recta volvit!
Isn't that lucky! My ball just rolled out of the rough and onto the fairway!

Frangar non flectar
I am broken, I am not deflected

Frater, ave atque vale
Brother, hello and good-bye. (Catullus)

Fronti nulla fides
No reliance can be placed on appearance. (don't judge a book by its cover)

Fugit hora
The hour flies

Functus officio
Having discharged his duty and thus ceased to have any authority over a matter

Furnulum pani nolo
I don't want a toaster

Gaudeamus igitur (iuvenes dum sumus)
Therefore, let us rejoice. (while we are young)

Genius loci
The guardian spirit of the place

Gens togata
The toga-clad race; the romans

Genus irritabile vatum
The irritable race of poets. (Horace)

Gladiator in arena consilium capit
The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena (i.e., too late) (Seneca)


Gloria in excelsis deo
Glory to God in the highest

Gloria patri
Glory to the Father

Gloria virtutis umbra
Glory (is) the shadow of virtue

Gloriosum est iniurias oblivisci
It is glorious to forget the injustice

Gnothe seauton (Greek)
Know thyself

Graeca sunt, non leguntur
It is Greek, you don't read that

Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit
Captive Greece conquered her savage victor. (Horace)

Gramen artificiosum odi
I hate Astroturf

Gratia placenti
For the sake of pleasing

Graviora manent
greater dangers await

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo
The drop excavates the stone, not with force but by falling often. (Ovid)

Habeas corpus
You must have the body", i.e. You must justify an imprisonment

Habemus papam
We have a pope. (used at the announcement of a new pope)

Hac lege
with this law

Haec olim meminisse ivvabit
Time heals all things, i.e. Wounds, offenses

Haec trutina errat
There is something wrong with this scale

Hannibal ante portas!
Hannibal is at the doors! The enemy/danger is at the doors!

Haud ignota loquor
I say things that are known

Helluo librorum
A 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!

Hic et nunc
Here and now

Hic habitat felicitas
Here dwells happiness

Hic jacet (HJ)
Here lies. (written on gravestones or tombs)

Hic jacet sepultus (HJS)
Here lies buried

Hic puer est stultissimus omnium!
This boy is the stupidest of all!

Hinc illae lacrimae
Hence these tears. (Terence)

Historia est vitae magistra
The history is the tutor of life

Hoc erat in votis
This was among my prayers

Hoc est in votis
This is in my prayers

Hoc est verum et nihili nisi verum
This is the truth and nothing but the truth

Hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frvi
To live twice is to make useful profit from one's past. Experience is the best teacher, so learn from it

Hoc natura est insitum, ut quem timueris, hunc semper oderis
It's an innate thing to always hate the one we've learnt to fear

Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit
In these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate. (Terence)

Hocine bibo aut in eum digitos insero?
Do I drink this or stick my fingers in it?

Hodie mihi, cras tibi
Today for me, tomorrow for you

Homines libenter quod volunt credunt
Men believe what they want to. (Terentius)

Homines, dum docent, discunt
Men learn while they teach. (Seneca)

Homo doctvs is se semper divitias habet
A learned man always has wealth within himself

Homo homini lupus
Man is a wolf to man

Homo nudus cum nuda iacebat
Naked they lay together, man and woman

Homo praesumitur bonus donec probetur malus
One is innocent until proven guilty

Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit
Man proposes, but God disposes

Homo sum
I am a man

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto
I am human, therefore nothing human is strange to me

Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est
Man has been lent to life, not given. (Pubilius Syrus)

Honor virutis preamium
Honour is the reward of virtue

Honores mutant mores
The honours change the customs. (Power corrupts)

Honoris causa (h.c.)
As in doctorate, an honorary degree

Horas non numero nisi serenas
I count only the bright hours. (Inscription on ancient sundials)

Horribile dictu
Horrible to tell

Horror vacui
Fear of empty places

Hostis hvmani generis
Enemy of the human race

Huc accedit zambonis!
Here comes the Zamboni!

Humum mandere
To bite the dust

Hunc tu caveto
Beware of this man

Ibidem (Ib.)
In the same place. (in a book)

Id certum est quod certum reddi potest
That is certain that can be made certain

Id est (i.e.)
That is to say

Id est mihi, id non est tibi!
It is mine, not yours!

Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit
It ain't over until it's over

Id tibi praebet speciem lepidissimam!
It looks great on you!

The same

Idem quod (i.q.)
The same as

Iesus nazarenus rex iudaeorum (INRI)
Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews

Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros
Life is not a bowl of cherries, or, literally, Fire tests gold; adversity tests strong men

Ignis fatuus
Foolish fire (will-o-the-wisp)

Ignorantia juris neminem excusat
Ignorance of the law excuses no one

Ignoratio elenchi
An ignorance of proof

Ignotus (ign.)

Ille dolet vere, qui sine teste dolet
He mourns honestly who mourns without witnesses. (Martialis)

Ille mi par esse deo videtur
He seems to me to be equal to a god. (Catullus)

Illegitimis nil carborundum
Don't let the bastards grind you down

Illiud latine dici non potest
You can't say that in Latin

Illius me paenitet, dux
Sorry about that, chief

Imitatores, servum pecus!
Imitators, you slavish crowd! (Horace)


Imperator/Imperatrix (Imp.)

Absolute power

Imperium et libertas
Empire and liberty. (Cicero)

Imperium in imperio
An empire within an empire, i.e. A fifth column, a group of people within an nation's territory who owe allegiance to some other leader

Impossibilium nulla obligatio est
Nobody has any obligation to the impossible. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Let it be printed

In first place

In absentia
In one's absence

In actu
In practice

In aere aedificare
Build (castles) in the air. (St. Augustine)

In aeternum
For eternity

In alio pediculum, in te ricinum non vides
You see a louse on someone else, but not a tick on yourself. (Petronius)

In articulo mortis
At the moment of death

In banco
On the bench

In camera
In private chamber

In capite
In chief

In cavda venenvm
In the tail [is the] poison. Watch out for what you don't see

In curia
In court

In dentibus anticis frustrum magnum spiniciae habes
You have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth

In distans
At a distance

In dubiis non est agendum
In dubious cases, you should not act

In dubio
In doubt

In dubio pro reo
In doubt in favor of the accused. If there is a doubt about guiltiness, the judgement has to be in favour of the accused

In esse
In existence

In excelsis
In the highest

In extenso
At full length

In extremis
In extremity

In fine
At the end

In flagrante delicto
In the very act of committing an offence

In forma pauperis
In the form of a poor person; in a humble or abject manner

In futuro
In the future

In gremio legis
In the protection of the law

In his ordo est ordinem non servare
In this case the only rule is not obeying any rules

In hoc signo vinces
In this sign, you will be victorious. (Eusebios)

In infinitum
To infinity; without end

In libris libertas
In books (there is) freedom

In limine
On the threshold, at the very outset

In loco
In the place of

In loco parentis
In the place of a parent

In magnis et voluisse sat est
To once have wanted is enough in great deeds. (Propertius)

In media res
In or into the middle of a sequence of events. (Horace)

In medio stat virtus
Virtue stands in the middle. Virtue is in the moderate, not the extreme position. (Horace)

In medio tutissimus ibis
In the middle of things you will go most safe. (Ovid)

In memoriam
To the memory of

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas
In necessary things unity, in doubtful things liberty, in all things charity

In nomine Domini
In the name of the Lord

In nomine patris et filii et spiritus santi
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

In nubibus
In the clouds

In nuce
In a nutshell

In omnia paratus
Prepared for all things

In ovo
In the egg

In pace
In peace

In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello
In peace, like a wise man, he appropriately prepares for war

In pari materia
Of like kind

In partibus infidelium
In parts inhabited by unbelievers

In parvo
In miniature

In perpetuum
To all time

In personam
Against the person

In pleno
In full

In pontificalibus
In the proper vestments of a pope or cardinal

In posse
In possibility

In posterum
Till the next day

In praesenti
At the present time

In principio
In the beginning

In propria persona
In person

In puris naturalibus
Completely naked

In quaestione versare
To be under investigation

In re
Refering to

In rem
Against the matter (property)

In rerum natura
In the nature of things

In saecvla saecvlorvm
For ages of ages forever

In se
In itself

In silico
By means of a computer simulation

In silvam ne ligna feras
Don't carry logs into the forest. (Horace)

In situ
In position

In specie
In kind; (a) in its own form and not in an equivalent (b) in coins and not in paper money

In spiritu et veritate
In spirit and truth. (Versio Vulgata)

In statu quo
In the same state

In terrorem
As a warning; in order to terrify others

In totidem verbis
in so many words

In toto
As a whole, absolutely, Completely

In transitu
In passing, on the way

In usu
in use

In vacuo
In a vacuum or empty space

In vinculis etiam audax
In chains yet still bold (free)

In vino veritas
The truth is in wine. A drunk person tells the truth

In virtute sunt multi ascensus
There are many degrees in excellence. (Cicero)

In vitro
In a test tube (literally glass)

In vivo
In the living (thing)

Begin here

Incredibile dictu
Incredible to say

Index librorum prohibitorum
Official list of forbidden books not to be read by Catholics

Indulgentiam quaeso
I ask your indulgence

Infinitus est numerus stultorum
Infinite is the number of fools

Below, underneath

Infra dignitatem (dig.)
Undignified; beneath one's dignity

Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est
Inhumanity is harmful in every age. (Cicero)

Iniqua nunquam regna perpetuo manent
Stern masters do not reign long. (Seneca Philosophus)

Iniuria non excusat iniuriam
One wrong does not justify another

Insanabile cacoethes scribendi
An incurable passion to write. (Juvenal)

He/she engraved it

Instrumentum aeri temperando

Insula gilliganis
Gilligan's Island

Integer vitae scelerisque purus
Blameless of life and free from crime

Intellectum valde amat
Love the intellect strongly. (St. Augustine)

Intelligenti pauca
Few words suffice for he who understands

Intelligo me intelligere
I understand that I understand. (St. Augustine)

Inter alios
Amongst other people

Inter arma silent leges
In time of war, laws are silent

Inter caecos regnat strabo
Among blinds the squinting rules. (Erasmus)

Inter caesa et porrecta
There's many a slip twixt cup and lip

Inter canum et lupum
Between a dog and a wolf

Inter nos
Between ourselves

Inter partes
Made between two parties

Inter se
Amongst themselves

Inter spem et metum
Between hope and fear

Inter vivos
Between living (people)

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum
Sometimes I get this urge to conquer large parts of Europe

Interfice errorem, diligere errantem
Kill the sin, love the sinner. (St. Augustine)

Period between rules anarchy, lawlessnes

Intra muros
Within the walls

Intra vires
Within the power

Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes
Let us improve life through science and art. (Vergil)

Ipsa qvidem pretivm virtvs sibi
Virtue is its own reward

Ipsa scientia potestas est
Knowledge itself is power. (Bacon)

Ipse dixit
He himself said it. (Cicero)

Ipsissima verba
the exact words

Ipso facto
By the fact itself

Ipso iure
By operation of the law

Ira furor brevis est
Anger is a brief insanity. (Horace)

Isto pensitaris?
You get paid for this crap?

Ita erat quando hic adveni
It was that way when I got here

Ita est
Yes./It is so

Ite, misse est
Go, the Mass is finished

Iubilate Deo
Rejoice in God

Iunctis viribus
By united efforts

Iure divino
By divine law

Iure humano
By human law

Ius civile
Civil law

Ius gentium
The law of nations

Ius primae noctis
The right for the first night

Ivs est ars boni et aeqvi
Law is the art of the good and the just

Ivs gentivm
Right of tribes law of nations

Justitia omnibus
Justice for all

Koming soon
Sorry, bad joke

Labor omnia vincit
Work conquers all things. (Virgil)

Labra lege
Read my lips

Lachryma christi
Christ's tears

Lapsus alumni
Error made

Lapsus linguae
A slip of the tongue

Lapsus memoriae
A slip of the memory

Lapsus nivium!

Lapsus stili
A slip of the pen

Lares et penates
Household gods

Latet anguis in herba
A snake lies in the grass. (Vergil)

Latine dictum
Spoken in Latin

Latine loqui coactus sum
I have this compulsion to speak Latin

Latro! fremo!
Woof woof! Grrrr!

Laudant illa, sed ista legunt
Some (writing) is praised, but other is read. (Martialis)

Laudatores temporis acti
Praisers of time past

Laus Deo
Praise be to God

Lavdem virtvtis necessitati damvs
We give to necessity the praise of virtue finding the benefit in what's needful

Lectio brevior lectio potior
The shortest reading is the more probable reading

Lector benevole
Kind reader

Legatus a latere
Advisor from the side

Lege atque lacrima
Read 'em and weep

Lege et lacrima
Read it and weep

Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus
We are slaves of the law so that we may be able to be free. (Cicero)

Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus
The burden is made light which is borne well. (Ovid)

Lex clavatoris designati rescindenda est
The designated hitter rule has got to go

Lex domicilii
The law of a person's home country

Lex fori
The law of the forum (country)

Lex loci
The law of the place

Lex malla, lex nulla
A bad law is no law. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Lex non scripta
The unwritten (common) law

Lex scripta
The written law

Lex talionis
The law of revenge

Libenter homines id quod volunt credunt
Men gladly believe that which they wish for. (Caesar)

Liberae sunt nostrae cogitationes
Our thoughts are free. (Cicero)

Liberate te ex inferis
Save yourself from hell

Libertas inaestimabilis res est
Liberty is a thing beyond all price. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Liberum arbitrium
Free will

Libra solidus denarius (L.S.D.)
Pounds, shillings, pence

Licentia liquendi
Liberty of speaking

Licentia poetica
Poetic licence. (Seneca)

It is allowed

Lingua franca
French tongue; the common or universal language

Men of letters

Beach bum

Litterae humaniores
The humanities

Loco citato (Lc)
In the passage just quoted

Locum tenens
One occupying the place (used as an English noun meaning 'deputy')

Locus classicus
The most authoritative source, Classical passage

Locus delicti
The scene of the crime

Locus desperatus
A hopeless passage

Locus enim est principum generationis rerum
For place is the origin of things. (Roger Bacon)

Locus in quo
The place in which something happens

Locus poenitentiae
A place for repentance

Locus sigilli (l.s.)
The place of the seal

Locus standi
The right to be heard in court

Longo intervallo
After a long gap

Loquitur (Loq.)
He/she speaks

Luctor et emergo
I struggle but I'll survive

Lumen naturale
Natural light

Lupus est homo homini
Man is wolf to man

Lupus in fabula
The wolf in the tale (i.e. Speak of the wolf, and he will come) (Terence)

Lusus naturae
A freak of nature

Lux et veritas
Light and Truth

Lux mundi
The light of the world

Machina improba! Vel mihi ede potum vel mihi redde nummos meos!
You infernal machine! Give me a beverage or give me my money back!

Maecenas atavis edite regibus
Maecenas, born of monarch ancestors. (Horace)

Magister artis ingeniique largitor venter
Necessity is the mother of all invention

Magister artium (MA)
Master of arts

Magister mundi sum!
I am the master of the universe!

Magna charta
Great paper

Magna cum laude
With great honour or academic distinction

Magnas inter oper inops
A pauper in the midst of wealth. (Horace)

It magnifies

Magnum bonum
a great good

Magnum opus
Great work, the major work of one's life

Magnus frater spectat te
Big Brother is watching you

Mala fide
In bad faith (something which is done fraudulently)

Male parta male dilabuntur
What has been wrongly gained is wrongly lost. (Ill-gotten gains seldom prosper.) (Cicero)

Malum consilium quod mutari non potest
It's a bad plan that can't be changed. (Publilius Syrus)

Malum prohibitum
A prohibited wrong. A crime that society decides is wrong for some reason, not inherently evil

Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono
There is, to be sure, no evil without something good. (Pliny the Elder)

Manus in mano
Hand in hand

Manus manum lavat
One hand washes the other. The favor for the favor. (Petronius)

Mare clausum
A closed sea

Mare liberum
An open sea

Mare nostrum
Our sea. (Mediterranean)

Margaritas ante porcos
Pearls before swine. To give something valuable to someone not respecting it


Mater artium necessitas
Necessity is the mother of invention

Mater dolorosa
Sorrowful mother. (Virgin Mary)

Mater tua criceta fuit, et pater tuo redoluit bacarum sambucus
Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries

Mother of family

Materia medica
Medical matter

Materiam superabat opus
The workmanship was better than the subject matter. (Ovid)

Maxima debetur puero reverentia
We owe the greatest respect to a child

Maximus in minimis
Great in little things

Me fallit
I do not know

Me iudice
I being judge; in my judgement

Me oportet propter praeceptum te nocere
I'm going to have to hurt you on principle

Me transmitte sursum, caledoni!
Beam me up, Scotty!

Mea culpa
Through my fault

Mea maxima culpa
Through my very great fault

Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo
My conscience means more to me than all speech. (Cicero)

Medice, cura te ipsum!
Physician, heal thyself! (Versio Vulgata)

Medici graviores morbos asperis remediis curant
Doctors cure the more serious diseases with harsh remedies. (Curtius Rufus)

Medicus curat, natura sanat
The physician treats, nature cures

Medio tutissimus ibis
You will go safest in the middle. (Moderation in all things) (Ovid)

Meliora cogito
I strive for the best

Melitae amor
Love of Malta

Melius est praevenire quam praeveniri
Better to forestall than to be forestalled

Melius frangi quam flecti
It is better to break than to bend

Melius tarde, quam nunquam
Better late than never

Mellita, domi adsum
Honey, I'm home

Memento mori
Remember that you will die

Memento vivere
A reminder of life (literally remember that you have to live)

Memorable things

A note of; a thing to be remembered

Memoria in aeterna
In everlasting remembrance

From memory

Mendacem memorem esse oportet
A liar needs a good memory. (Quintilianus)

Mens agitat molem
The mind moves the matter. (Vergil)

Mens rea
Guilty mind

Mens regnum bona possidet
An honest heart is a kingdom in itself. (Seneca)

Mens sana in corpore sano
A sound mind in a sound body. (Juvenalis)

Mens sibi conscia recti
A mind conscious of its rectitude

Meum pactum dictum
My word is my bond

Mihi cura futuri
My concern is the future

Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi
Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog

Millennium (millennia)
A thousand year period

Minime senuisti!
You haven't aged a bit!

Minus habens

Mirabile dictu
Wonderful to say/relate. (Vergil)

Mirabile visu
Wonderful to behold

Have mercy

Missa solemnis
Solemn Mass. (high Mass)

We send (to prison)

Modus agendi
Manner of operation

Modus operandi (m.o.)
Way of operating

Modus vivendi
Way of living

Monstra mihi pecuniam!
Show me the money!

A delay

Morituri te salutant
Those who are about to die salute you

Mors ultima linea rerum est
Death is everything's final limit. (Horace)

Mortvi non mordant
Dead me don't bite; Dead men tell no tale

Motu proprio
Of one's own initiative

Mulier taceat in ecclesia
Let the woman be silent in church. (Paul)

Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur
Many fear their reputation, few their conscience. (Pliny)

Multis post annis
Many years later

Multum in parvo
Much in little. (small but significant)

Multun, non multa
Much, not many (quality not quantity)

Mundas vult decipi
The world wants to be deceived

Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur
The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived!

Munit haec et altera vincit
One defends and the other conquers

Mus uni non fidit antro
A mouse does not rely on just one hole. (Plautus)

Musica delenit bestiam feram
Music soothes the savage beast

Mutatis mutandis
The necessary changes having been made

Mutato nomine
The name being changed

Mvlti svnt vocati, pavci vero electi
Many are called [but] few are chosen

Mvndvs vvlt decipi
The world wishes to be deceived there's a sucker born every minute

Mvtatis mvtandis
The things that ought to have changed having been changed with the necessary substitutions having been made

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas es
Knowledge is power. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Nascentes morimur
From the moment we are born, we begin to die

Natale solum
Native soil

Natura abhorret a vacua
Nature abhors a vacuum

Natura in minima maxima
Nature is the greatest in the smallest things

Natura nihil fit in frustra
Nature does nothing in vain

Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret
You can drive nature out with a pitchfork but she always comes back

Navigare necesse est
To sail is necessary

Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum!
Don't you dare erase my hard disk!

Ne cede malis
Do not yield to misfortune

Ne feceris ut rideam
Don't make me laugh

Ne humanus crede
Trust no human

Ne nimium
Not too much

Ne plus ultra
No further. Impassable obstacle

Ne quid nimis
Nothing in excess. (Terence)

Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te
I am able to live / I can live neither with you, nor without you. (Martial)

Nec verbum verbo curabis reddere fidus interpres
As a true translator you will take care not to translate word for word. (Horace)

Necesse est multos timeat quem multi timent
He must fear many, whom many fear. (Laberius)

Necessitatis non habet legem
Necessity knows no law

Negotium populo romano melius quam otium committi
The Roman people understand work better than leisure

Nemine contradicente (Nem. Con.)
With no one speaking in opposition. Unanimously

Nemine dissentiente (Nem. Diss.)
With no one disagreeing

Nemo ante mortem beatus
Nobody is blessed before his death. We never know what is future preparing for us!

Nemo autem regere potest nisi qui et regi
Moreover, there is no one who can rule unless he can be ruled. (Seneca)

Nemo dat quod non habet
No one gives what he does not have

Nemo gratis mendax
No man lies freely. A person with no reason to lie is telling the truth

Nemo hic adest illius nominis
There is no one here by that name

Nemo liber est qui corpori servit
No one is free who is a slave to his body

Nemo malus felix
No bad man is lucky. (Juvenal)

Nemo me impune lacessit
No one provokes me with impunity. (motto of the kings of Scotland)

Nemo nisi mors
Nobody except death (will part us). (Inscription in the wedding ring of the Swedish Queen Katarina Jagellonica)

Nemo propheta in patria sua
No one is considered a prophet in his hometown/homeland

Nemo repente fuit turpissimus
No one ever became thoroughly bad in one step. (Juvenal)

Nemo risum praebuit, qui ex se coepit
Nobody is laughed at, who laughs at himself. (Seneca)

Nemo saltat sobrius
No man dances sober

Nemo sine vitio est
No one is without fault. (Seneca the Elder)

Nemo surdior est quam is qui non audiet
No man is more deaf than he who will not hear

Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum
No man by fearing reaches the top. (Syrus)

Nervos belli, pecuniam. (Nervus rerum.)
The nerve of war, money. (The nerve of things.) (Cicero)

Nescio quid dicas
I don't know what you're talking about

Neutiquam erro
I am not lost


Nihil ad rem
Nothing to do with the point

Nihil agere delectat
It is pleasant to do nothing. (Cicero)

Nihil aliud scit necessitas quam vincere
Necesssity knows nothing else but victory. (Syrus)

Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione
I'm not interested in your dopey religious cult

Nihil declaro
I have nothing to declare

Nihil est ab omni parte beatum
Nothing is good in every part. (Horace)

Nihil est incertius volgo
Nothing is more uncertain than the (favour of the) crowd. (Cicero)

Nihil est miserum nisi cum putes
Nothing is unfortunate if you don't consider it unfortunate. (Boethius)

Nihil est--In vita priore ego imperator romanus fui
That's nothing--in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor

Nihil obstat
Nothing stands in the way

Nihil sub sole novum
Nothing new under the sun

Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit
No fort is so strong that it cannot be taken with money. (Cicero)

Nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum
Thinking nothing done, while anything was yet to do

Nil actum reputa si quid superest agendum
Don't consider that anything has been done if anything is left to be done. (Lucan)

Nil admirari
To admire nothing. (Horace)

Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit
Not much worth is an example that solves one quarrel with another. (Horace)

Nil desperandum!
Never despair! (Horace)

Nil homini certum est
Nothing is certain for man. (Ovid)

Nil sine numine
Nothing without providence

Nill illigitimi carborundum
Do not let the bastards get you down


Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis
Unless you will have believed, you will not understand. (St. Augustine)

Nisi prius
Unles previously

Nolens volens
Whether one likes it or not; willing or unwilling

Noli equi dentes inspicere donati
Do not look a gift horse in the mouth. (St. Jerome)

Noli me tangere!
Don't touch me! (Versio Vulgata)

Noli me voca, ego te vocabo
Don't call me. I'll call you

Noli nothis permittere te terere
DonÕt let the bastards get you down

Noli turbare circulos meos!
Don't upset my calculations! (Archimedes)

Nolite id cogere, cape malleum majorem
Don't force it, get a bigger hammer

Nolle prosequi
Do not pursue

Nolo contendere
I do not wish to contend

Nomen est omen
The name is the sign

Nomina stultorum parietibus haerent
The names of foolish persons adhere to walls (Fools names and fools faces are often seen in public places.)

By name

Non Gradus Anus Rodentum!
Not Worth A Rats Ass!

Non bis in idem
Not twice for the same thing

Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat
It's not the heat, it's the humidity

Non compos mentis
Not in possession of one's senses

Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poema
I 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 via
There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. (Seneca)

Non est ei similis
There is no one like him

Non est mea culpa
It's not my fault

Non est vivere sed valere vita est
Life is not being alive but being well (life is more than just being alive)

Non ignara mals, miseris svccvrrere disco
No stranger to misfortune [myself] I learn to relieve the sufferings [of others

Non illigitamus carborundum
Don't let the bastards grind you down

Non licet
It is not allowed

Non liquet
It is not clear

Non mihi, non tibi, sed nobis
Not for you, not for me, but for us; the foundation of a good relationship

Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis
We do not fear death, but the thought of death. (Seneca)

Non multa, sed multum
Not many, but much. (Meaning, not quantity but quality) (Plinius)

Non nobis, Domine
Not unto us, O Lord

Non omne quod licet honestum est
Not everything that is permitted is honest. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Non omne quod nitet aurum est
Not all that glitters is gold

Non omnes qui habemt citharam sunt citharoedi
Not all those who own a musical instrument are musicians. (Bacon)

Non omnia moriar
Not all of me will die. (Horace)

Non omnia possumus omnes
Not all of us are able to do all things (We can't all do everything.) (Virgil)

Non omnis moriar
Not all of me will die. (his works would live forever) (Horace)

Non placet
it does not please

Non plus ultra! (Nec plus ultra!)
Nothing above that!

Non prosequitur
He does not proceed

Non quis, sed quid
Not who, but what

Non scholae sed vitae discimus
We do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)

Non semper erit aestas
It will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)

Non sequitur
It does not follow

Non serviam
I will not serve

Non sibi sed suis
Not for one's self but for one's people

Non sibi, sed patriae
Not for you, but for the fatherland

Non sum pisces
I am not a fish

Non sum qualis eram
I am not what / of what sort I was (I'm not what I used to be.)

Non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum
Do not take as gold everything that shines like gold

Non timetis messor
Don't Fear the Reaper

Non uno die roma aedificata est
Rome was not built in one day (either)

Non ut edam vivo, sed vivam edo
I do not live to eat, but eat to live. (Quintilianus)

Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse
No, excuse me, I believe I'm next

Nonne amicus certus in re incerta cernitur?
A friend in need is a friend in deed. (our equivalent)

Nonne de novo eboraco venis?
You're from New York, aren't you?

Nonne macescis?
Have you lost weight?

Nosce te ipsum
Know thyself. (Inscription at the temple of Apollo in Delphi.)

Nota bene (Nb.)
Note well. Observe carefully

Novus homo
A new Man; a man who was the first in his family to be elected to an office

Novus ordo seclorum
A new order for the ages. (appears on the U.S. one-dollar bill)

Nulla avarita sine poena est
There is no avarice without penalty. (Seneca)

Nulla dies sine linea
Not a day without a line. Do something every day! (Apeles, Greek painter)

Nulla regula sine exceptione
There is no rule/law without exception

Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est
Nothing is so expensive as that which you have bought with pleas. (Seneca)

Nulli secundus
Second to none

Nullius in verba
(Rely) on the words on no one. (Horace)

Nullo metro compositum est
It doesn't rhyme

Nullum crimen sine lege, nulla poena sine lege
No crime and no punishment without a (pre-existing) law

Nullum est iam dictum quod non dictum sit prius
Nothing is said that hasn't been said before. (Terence)

Nullum gratuitum prandium
There is no free lunch!

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae
There is no one great ability without a mixture of madness

Nullum saeculum magnis ingeniis clausum est
No generation is closed to great talents. (Seneca)

Nullus est instar domus
There is no place like home

Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit
There is no book so bad that it is not profitable on some part. (Pliny the Younger)

Divine power

Numero pondere et mensura Deus omnia condidit
God created everything by number, weight and measure. (Isaac Newton)

Numerus clausus
A restricted number

Nummus americanus
Greenback. ($US)

Numquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicit
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom say another

Numquam non paratus
Never unprepared

Numquam se minus solum quam cum solus esset
You are never so little alone as when you are alone. (Cicero)

Nunc dimittis
Now let depart

Nunc est bibendum
Now we must drink. (Horace)

Nvdvm pactvm
A nude pact an invalid agreement a contract with illusory benefits or without consideration hence unenforceable

Nvllvm qvod tetigit non ornavit
He touched none he did not adorn; not simply 'the Midas touch', or 'he left things better than he found them', but a tribute to a Renaissance man

Nvnc avt nvnqvam
Now or never

Nvnc dimittis
Now let [thy servant] depart; generally any permission to go, specifically to express one's readiness to depart or die

Nvnc pro tvnc
Now for then retroactive

O curas hominum! O quantum est in rebus inane!
Ah, human cares! Ah, how much futility in the world! (Lucilius)

O di immortales!
Good heavens! (uttered by Cicero on the Senate floor)

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!
Oh, the times! Oh, the morals! (Cicero)

O! Plus! Perge! Aio! Hui! Hem!
Oh! More! Go on! Yes! Ooh! Ummm!

Obesa cantavit
The fat lady has sung

Obiit (Ob.)
He/she died

Obiter (Ob.)
In passing

Obiter dictum
Something said in passing; parenthetical remark

Oblitus sum perpolire clepsydras!
I forgot to polish the clocks!

Obscurum per obscurius
The obscure by means of the more obscure

Obsta principiis
Resist the beginnings; Nip it in the bud

Occasio aegre offertur, facile amittitur
Opportunity is offered with difficulty, lost with ease. (Publius Syrus)

Occasio facit furem
Opportunity makes a thief

Oderint dum metuant
Let them hate provided that they fear. (Seneca)

Odi et amo
I hate (her), and I love (her) (Catullus)

Odium theologicum
Theological hatred. (a special name for the hatred generated in theological disputes)

Olevm addere camino
To pour fuel on the stove adding gasoline to a fire

Olevm perdisti
You have lost oil you've wasted your time on this criticism for a misallocation of resources


Omne ignotum pro magnifico est
We have great notions of everything unknown. (Tacitus)

Omne initium est difficile
Every beginning is difficult

Omne trium perfectum
Everything that comes in threes is perfect

Omne tvlit pvnctvm qvi miscvit vtile dvlci
[he] has gained every point who has combined [the] useful [with the] agreeable

Omnes aequo animo parent ubi digni imperant
All men cheerfully obey where worthy men rule. (Syrus)

Omnes deteriores svmvs licentia
Too much freedom debases us

Omnes lagani pistrinae gelate male sapiunt
All frozen pizzas taste lousy

Omnes una manet nox
The same night awaits us all. (Horace)

Omnes vulnerant, ultima necat
All (hours) wound, the last kills. (inscription on solar clocks)

Omnia iam fient quae posse negabam
Everything which I used to say could not happen will happen now. (Ovid)

Omnia mea mecum porto
All that is mine, I carry with me. (My wisdom is my greatest wealth) (Cicero)

Omnia mihi lingua graeca sunt
It's all Greek to me

Omnia mors aequat
Death equals all things

Omnia munda mundis
Everything is pure to pure ones

Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
All things change, and we change with them

Omnia mutantur, nihil interit
Everything changes, nothing perishes. (Ovid)

Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis
All things are changing, and we are changing with them

Omnia vincit amor; et nos cedamus amori
Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. (Vergil)

Omnium gatherum

Omnium rerum principia parva sunt
Everything has a small beginning. (Cicero)

Onus probandi
The burden of proof

Opere citato (op. Cit.)
In the work just quoted

Optimis parentibus
To my excellent parents. A common dedication in a book

Optimus magister, bonus liber
The best teacher is a good book

Opus dei
The work of God

Ora et labora
Pray and work. (St. Benedict)

Ora pro nobis
Pray for us

Oratvr fit, poeta nascitvr
An orator is made [but] a poet is born

Orbes volantes exstare
Flying saucers are real

Orbiter dictum/dicta
Said by the way (miscellaneous remarks)

Ore rotundo
With full voice

Osculare pultem meam!
Kiss my grits!

Be at peace

Pace tua
With your consent

Pacta sunt servanda
Agreements are to be kept. (Cicero)

Pactum serva
Keep the faith

Pallida mors
Pale Death. (Horace)

Palmam qui meruit ferat
Let him who has earned it bear the reward

Panem et circenses
Bread and circuses. Food and games to keep people happy. (Juvenalis)

Par pare refero
I return like for like tit for tat retaliation

Parens patriae
Parent of the country

Pares cvm paribvs
Like persons with like persons. Birds of a feather flock together

Pari passu
With equal step; moving together

Pars maior lacrimas ridet et intus habet
You smile at your tears but have them in your heart. (Martialis)

Particeps criminis
Partner in crime

Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus
Mountains will be in labour, and an absurd mouse will be born. (all that work and nothing to show for it)

Parva leves capiunt animas
Small things occupy light minds (small things amuse small minds)

Parva scintilla saepe magnam flamam excitat
The small sparkle often initiates a large flame

Pater Noster
Our Father (The first words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin)

Pater familias
Father of the family

Pater historiae
The father of history

Pater patriae
Father of the country

Patria est communis omnium parens
Our native land is the common parent of us all. (Cicero)

Patris est filius
He is his father's son

Paucis verbis
In a few words

Paucis verbis, quid est deconstructionismus?
What, in a nutshell, is deconstructionism?

Pavesco, pavesco
I'm shaking, I'm shaking

Pavpertas omnivm artivm repertrix
Poverty [is the] inventor of all the arts necessity is the mother of invention


Pax et bonum!
Peace and salvation!

Pax tecum
May peace be with you (Singular)

Pax vobiscum
May peace be with you (Plural)

Peccatum tacituritatis
Sin of silence

I have sinned


Pecunia in arbotis non crescit
Money does not grow on trees

Pecunia non olet
Money has no smell. Money doesn't stink. (don't look a gift horse in the mouth) (Vespasianus)

Pecvniate obedivnt omnia
All things obey money. Money makes the world go round

Pede poena claudo
Punishment comes limping. Retribution comes slowly, but surely. (Horace)

Pendente lite
While a suit is pending

Penetalia mentis
The innermost recesses of the mind. Heart of hearts

Per accidens
By Accident

Per angusta in augusta
Through difficulties to great things

Per annum

Per ardua ad astra
Through difficulties to the stars

Per aspera ad astra
Through the thorns to the stars

Per capita
Per head

Per cent (per centum)
Per hundred

Per contra
On the contrary

Per diem
Per day; daily allowance

Per fas et nefas
Through right or wrong

Per impossibile
As is impossible a way to qualify a proposition that cannot ever be true

Per mensem

Per procurationem (per pro)
By delegation to

Per se
By or in itself

Per varios usus artem experientia fecit
Through different exercises practice has brought skill. (Manilius)

Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim
Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)

Periculum in mora
There is danger in delay. (Livy)

Perpetuo vincit qui utitur clementia
He is forever victor who employs clemency. (Syrus)

Perpetuum mobile
Something in perpetual motion

Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum est
The check is in the mail

Persona (non) grata
(un)welcome person

Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes
Flatterers are the worst type of enemies

Pessimus inimicorum genus, laudantes
The worst kind of enemies, those who can praise. (Tacitus)

Petitio principii
An assumption at the start

Philosophum non facit barba!
The beard does not define a philosopher. (Plutarch)

Pictor ignotus
Painter unknown

He/she painted it

Pistrix! Pistrix!
Shark! Shark!

I will please. Medical expression for remedies with no medical effect, which improve one's medical condition only because one believes they do

It pleases

Pleno iure
With full authority

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate
Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily

Plusque minusque
More or less

Plvres crapvla qvam gladivs
Drunkeness [kills] more than the sword. As true today on the road as it ever was

Poeta nascitur, non fit
The poet is born, not made

Poli, poli, di umbuendo
Slowly, Slowly we will get there

Pone ubi sol non lucet!
Put it where the sun don't shine!

Possunt quia posse videntur
They can because they think they can

Post bellum
After the war

Post coitem
After sexual intercourse

Post factum
After the fact

Post hoc
After this

Post hoc ergo propter hoc
After this, therefore because of this

Post meridiem (p.m.)
After midday

Post mortem
After death. (nowadays, the autopsy performed by a coroner)

Post obitum
After death

Post partum
After childbirth

Post proelia praemia
After the battles come the rewards

Post scriptum (P.S)
After what has been written

Post tenebras lux
After the darkness, light

Postatem obscuri lateris nescitis
You do not know the power of the dark side

Potes currere sed te occulere non potes
You can run, but you can't hide

Potest ex casa magnus vir exire
A great man can come from a hut. (Seneca)

Potius mori quam foedari
rather to die than to be dishonoured (death before dishonour)

Potius sero quam numquam
It's better late than never. (Livy)

Praemonitus pramunitus
Forewarned, forearmed

Praetio prudentia praestat
Prudence supplies a reward

Prehende uxorem meam, sis!
Take my wife, please!

Prescriptio in manibus tabellariorium est
The check is in the mail

Pretium iustum est
The Price is Right

Prima facie
At first sight; on the face of it. (in law, an obvious case that requires no further proof)

Primum mobile
Prime mover

Primum non nocere
The first thing is to do no harm. (Hippocratic oath)

Primum viveri deinde philosophari
Live before you philosophize, or Leap before you look

Primus inter pares
First among his equals

Principiis obsta
Resist the beginnings

Pro bono (pro bono publico)
For the good of the public

Pro di immortales!
Good Heavens!

Pro et contra
For and against

Pro forma
As a matter of formality

Pro hac vice
For this occaision

Pro memoria
For a memorial

Pro nunc
For now

Pro opportunitate
As circumstances allow

Pro patria
For one's country

Pro rata
In proportion to the value. (per hour for example)

Pro re nata (Prn)
For an occasion as it arises

Pro se
On one's own behalf

Pro tanto
So far

Pro tempore (pro tem.)
For the time being

Probae esti in segetem sunt deteriorem datae fruges, tamen ipsae suaptae enitent
A good seed, planted even in poor soil, will bear rich fruit by its own nature. (Accius)

Probatum est
It has been proved

Probitas laudatur et alget
Honesty is praised and left in the cold. (Juvenal)

Promotor fidei
Promoter of the faith

Promoveatur ut amoveatur
Let him be promoted to get him out of the way

Propino fibi salutem!

Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris
It is human nature to hate a person whom you have injured

Proxime accessit
He/she came close

Proximo (prox.)
Of the next month

Proximus sum egomet mihi
I am closest to myself. (Charity begins at home.) (Terence)

Pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractant
Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things

Pulvis et umbra sumus
We are dust and shadow. (Horace)

Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum
Garbage in, garbage out

Puri sermonis amator
A lover of pure speech. (Terence)

Puris omnia pura
To the pure all things are pure

In the capacity of

Quad nesciunt eos non interficiet
What they don't know won't kill them

Quae nocent, saepe docent
What hurts, often instructs. One learns by bitter/adverse experience

Quae vide (Qqv)
See these things

(You might) ask. . ." Used to introduce questions, usually rhetorical or tangential questions

Quaere verum
Seek the truth

Qualis pater talis filius
As is the father, so is the son; like father, like son

Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu
The important thing isn't how long you live, but how well you live. (Seneca)

Quam se ipse amans-sine rivali!
Himself loving himself so much-without a rival! (Cicero)

Quam terribilis est haec hora
How fearful is this hour


Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Quantum meruit
As much as he/she deserved

Quantum sufficit (Qs)
As much as suffices

Quaque mane (Qm)
Every morning

Quaque nocte (Qn)
Every night

As if

Quater in die (Q.I.D)
Take four times a day

Quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur
Whom the gods love die young. (only the good die young)

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?

Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est
A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands. (Seneca)

Qui bene cantat, bis orat
He who sings well, prays twice

Qui dedit benificium taceat; narret qui accepit
Let him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it. (Seneca)

Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
Let him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)

Qui docet discit
He who teaches learns

Qui dormit, non peccat
One who sleeps doesn't sin

Qui habet aures audiendi audiat
He who has ears, let him understand how to listen

Qui ignorabat, ignorabitur
One who is ignorant will remain unnoticed

Qui me amat, amet et canem meum
Who loves me, loves my dog too

Qui multum habet, plus cupit
He who has much desires more. (Seneca)

Qui nimium probat, nihil probat
One who proves too much, proves nothing

Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit
He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow. (Ovid)

Qui omnes insidias timet in nullas incidit
He who fears every ambush falls into none. (Pubilius Syrus)

Qui potest capere capiat
Let him accept it who can. Freely: If the shoe fits, wear it

Qui pro innocente dicit, satis est eloquens
He who speaks for the innocent is eloquent enough. (Publius Syrus)

Qui scribit bis legit
He who writes reads twice

Qui tacet consentire videtur
He that is silent is thought to consent

Qui tacet, consentit
Silence gives consent

Qui vir odiosus!
What a bore!

Qui vivat atque floreat ad plurimos annos
May he live and flourish for many years

Qui vult dare parva non debet magna rogare
He who wishes to give little shouldn't ask for much

Quia natura mutari non potest idcirco verae amicitiae sempiternae sunt
Since nature cannot change, true friendships are eternal. (Horace)

Quid Novi
What's New?

Quid agis, medice?
What's up, Doc?

Quid est illa in auqua?
What's that in the water?

Quid nunc
What now?! (a nosy busybody)

Quid pro quo
Something for something. i.e. A favor for a favor

Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur
Anything said in Latin sounds profound

Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur
What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke's on you. (Horace)

Quidnunc? Or Quid nunc?
What now? As a noun, a quidnunc is a busybody or a gossip

Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem!
Whatever you do, do cautiously, and look to the end

Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts. (Vergil)

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur
Anything said in Latin sounds profound

Quidvis Recte Factum Quamvis Humile Praeclarum
Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble

Quieta non movere
Don't move settled things, or Don't rock the boat

Quique amavit, cras amet
May he love tomorrow who has never loved before;

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 hoc
As much as this (to this extent)

Quo animo?
With what spirit? (or intent?)

Quo fas et gloria docunt
Where right and glory lead

Quo iure?
By what law?

Quo signo nata es?
What's your sign?

Quo usque tandem abutere, catilina, patientia nostra?
How long will you abuse our patience, Catiline? (Cicero)

Quo vadis?
Where are you going? / Whither goest thou?

Quod bonum, felix faustumque sit!
May it be good, fortunate and prosperous! (Cicero)

Quod differtur, non aufertur
That which is postponed is not dropped. Inevitable is yet to happen. (Sir Thomas More)

Quod erat demonstrandum (QED)
Which was to be demonstrated

Quod erat faciendum (QEF)
Which was to be done

Quod erat in veniendum
Which was to be found

Quod est (Qe)
Which is

Quod incepimus conficiemus
What we have begun we shall finish

Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi
What Jupiter (supreme God) is allowed to do, cattle (people) are not

Quod natura non sunt turpia
What is natural cannot be bad

Quod vide (Qv)
See this thing

Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?
How do you get your hair to do that?

Quomodo vales
How are you?

Of whom

Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit
True love will hold on to those whom it has held. (Seneca)

Quot homines, tot sententiae
As many men, so as many opinions

Qvae nocent docent
Things that hurt, teach. School of Hard Knocks

Qvaerenda pecvnia primvm est, virtvs post nvmmos
Money is the first thing to be sought [then] virtue after wealth

Qvalis artifex pereo
Such an artist dies in me; Emperor Nero's famous last words

Qvalis pater talis filivs
Like father like son. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree

Qvandoqve bonvs dormitat homervs
Sometimes [even the] good Homer sleeps. You win some, you lose some

Qvi bene amat bene castigat
Who loves well castigates well. Spare the rod and spoil the child

Qvi desiderat pacem praeparat bellvm
Who desires peace [should] prepare [for] war

Qvi docent discit
He who teaches, learns. (George Bernard Shaw)

Qvi fvgiebat rvrsvs proeliabitvr
He who has fled will do battle once more. He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day

Qvi me amat, amat et canem meam
Who loves me loves my dog as well. Love me love my dog

Qvi nescit dissimlare nescit regnare
He who doesn't know how to lie doesn't know how to rule

Qvid novi?
What's new? 'What's up?'

Qvis cvstodiet iposos cvstodes
Who will guard those selfsame guardians? Don't assign a fox to guard the henhouse

Qvod cibvs est aliis, aliis est wenenum
What is food to some is poison to others. One man's meat is another poison

Qvod cito acqviritvr cito perit
[that] which is quickly acquired [is] quickly lost. Eeasy come, easy go

Qvod erat demonstrandvm
[that] which has been demonstrated; a statement of logical proof, especially in mathematics and law, abbreviated Q.E.D

Qvod vide (q.v)
Which see; a scholarly cross-reference

Radicitus, comes!
Really rad, dude!

Radix lecti
Couch potato

Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas
the love of money is the root of all evil. Avarice is the problem, money itself is not evil

Raptus regaliter
Royally screwed

Rara avis
A rare bird, i.e. An extraodinary or unusual thing. (Juvenal)

Ratio decidendi
The reason for the decision

Ratio et consilium propriae ducis artes
Reason and deliberation are the proper skills of a general

Ratio legis est anima legis
The reason of the law is the soul of the law


Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert
Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn

Re vera, potas bene
Say, you sure are drinking a lot

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business!

On the right

Redde Caesari quae sunt Caesaris
Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's

Come back to life

Redolet lvcernam
[it] smells of the lamp; critical remark that one worked too hard on something

Reductio ad absurdum
Reduction to the absurd. (proving the truth of a proposition by proving the falsity of all its alternatives)

Something to be referred


Regnat non regitur qui nihil nisi quod vult facit
He is a king and not a subject who does only what he wishes. (Syrus)

Regnat populus
Let the People rule

Relata refero
I tell what I have been told. (Herodotos)

Religious loci
The (religious) spirit of the place

Rem tene, verba sequentur
Keep to the subject and the words will follow. (Cato Senior)

Repetitio est mater memoriae/ studiorum/
Repetition is the mother of memory/studies

Requiescat in pace (RIP)
May he/she rest in peace

Requiescat in pace
Let him/her rest in peace. (May he/she rest in peace)

Rerum concordia discors
The concord of things through discord. (Horace)

Res firma mitescere nescit
A firm resolve does not know how to weaken

Res gestae
Things done

Res in cardine est
The matter is on a door hinge things are balanced on a knife's edge

Res inter alios
A matter between others it's not our busines

Res ipsa loquitur
The thing speaks for itself

Res judicata
Thing already judged upon

Res melius evinissent cum coca
Things go better with Coke

Res publica
The public thing

Res severa est verum gaudium
True joy is a serious thing. (Seneca)

Res tantum valet quantum vendi potest
A thing is worth only what someone else will pay for it

Respice finem
Look to the end

Respice post te, mortalem te esse memento
Look around you, remember that you are mortal. (Tertullianus)

Respice, adspice, prospice
Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future (look to the past, the present, the future)

Respondeat superior
Let the superior answer (a supervisor must take responsibility for the quality of a subordinate's work)

I shall rise again

Revelare pecunia!
Show me the money!

Revera linguam latinam vix cognovi
I donÕt really know all that much Latin


Rex non potest peccare
The king cannot sin

Rex regnant sed non gubernat
The king reigns but does not govern

Rident stolidi verba latina
Fools laugh at the Latin language. (Ovid)

Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat?
What forbids a laughing man from telling the truth? (Horace)

Rigor mortis
The rigidity of death

Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est
There is nothing more foolish than a foolish laugh. (Catullus)

Risus abundat in ore stultorum
Abundant laughs in the mouth of the foolish; too much hilarity means foolishness

Roma locuta est. Causa finita est
Rome has spoken. The cause is finished

Romani ite domum
Romans go home!

Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt
You know, the Romans invented the art of love

Rosa rubicundior, lilio candidior, omnibus formosior, semper in te glorior
Redder than the rose, whiter than the lilies, fairer than everything, I will always glory in thee

Rumores volant. / Rumor volat
Rumors fly. / Rumor flies

Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas
Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses. (Ovid)

Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit
Often it is not even advantageous to know what will be. (Cicero)

Saepe stilum vertas
May you often turn the stylus (You should make frequent corrections.)

Salus populi suprema lex
The safety of the people is the supreme law. (Cicero)

Salva veritate
With truth preserved

Salve (plural salvete)
Hail; welcome


Salve sis
May you be well

Salve veritate
Saving the truth


Sanctum sanctorum
The holy of holies

Sane ego te vocavi. forsitan capedictum tuum desit
I did call. Maybe your answering machine is broken

Sapere aude!
Dare to be wise! (Horace)

Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probat
A wise man states as true nothing he does not prove (don't swear to anything you don't know firsthand)

Sartor resartus
The tailor patched

Sat sapienti
Enough for a wise man. (Plautus)


Satius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis, quam innocentem damnari
It is better that a crime is left unpunished than that an innocent man is punished. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Scala naturae
The ladder of nature

Scandalum magnatum
Scandal of magnates

Schola cantorum
School of singers

Scientia est potentia
Knowledge is power

Scientia non habet inimicum nisp ignorantem
Science has no enemies but the ignorants

Scilicet (Sc.)
That is to say

Scio cur summae inter se dissentiant! Numeris Romanis utor!
I know why the numbers don't agree! I use Roman numerals!

Scio me nihil scire
I know that I know nothing. Certain knowledge cannot be obtained. (Socrates)

Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter
Your knowledge is nothing when no one else knows that you know it

Sciri facias
Cause (him) to know

Scito te ipsum
Know yourself

Scribere est agere
To write is to act

He/she wrote it

Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who watches the watchmen? (Juvenal)

Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet
He who feared he would not succeed sat still. (For fear of failure, he did nothing.) (Horace)

Semper fidelis
Always faithful

Semper idem
Always the same thing. (Cicero)

Semper inops quicumque cupit
Whoever desires is always poor. (Claudian)

Semper letteris mandate
Always get it in writing!

Semper paratus
Always prepared

Semper ubi sub ubi ubique
Always wear underwear everywhere

Senatus populusque romanus (SPQR)
The Senate and the Roman people

Senatus populusque romanus
The senate and Roman people

Sensu lato
Broadly speaking

Sensu stricto, nullo metro compositum est
Strictly speaking, it doesn't rhyme

Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare
I think some people in togas are plotting against me

Sequens (seq.)
The following (one)

Sequens mirabitur aetas
The following age will be amazed

Sequentia (seqq.)
The following (ones)

One after another in order

Serva me, servabo te
Save me and I will save you. (Petronius Arbiter)

Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos
If God is with us who is against us

Si fallatis officium, quaestor infitias eat se quicquam scire de factis vestris
If 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 erit
If the end is good, everything will be good (all's well that ends well)

Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere
If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes
Essentially it says, 'if you can read this, you're overeducated.'

Si monumentum requiris circumspice
If you seek a monument, look around

Si post fata venit gloria non propero
If glory comes after death, I'm not in a hurry (if one must die to be recognised, I can wait)

Si sapis, sis apis
If you are wise, be a bee

Si tacuisses, philosophus manisses
If you had kept quiet, you would have remained a philosopher. (Boethius)

Si tu id aeficas, ei venient. Ager somnia
If you build it, they will come

Si vis amari, ama
If you wish to be loved, love. (Seneca)

Si vis pacem, para bellum
If you want peace, prepare for the war. (Vegetius)

Thus, just so

Sic ad nauseam
And so on to the point of causing nausea

Sic erat in fatis
So it was fated

Sic faciunt omnes
Everyone is doing it

Sic itur ad astra
Such is the path to the stars (i.e. Gain reputation) (Vergil)

Sic passim
Thus everywhere

Sic semper tyrannis
Thus always to tyrants; a statement often accompanying a regicide

Sic transit gloria mundi
So passes the glory of the world

Sic volo, sic iubeo
I want this, I order this. (Juvenalis)

Silent enim leges inter arma
Laws are silent in times of war. (Cicero)

Simia quam similis, turpissimus bestia, nobis!
How like us is that very ugly beast the monkey. (Cicero)

Simplex munditiis
Unaffected by manners. (Horace)

Naturally; without qualification

Sine cura
Without a care

Sine die
Without a day (being set)

Sine ira et studio
Without anger or bias. (Tacitus)

Sine loco (Sl)
Without place

Sine nobilitatis
Without nobility (SNOB)

Sine prole (Sp)
Without issue

Sine qua non
Something/someone indispensable

Sine sole sileo
Without the sun I'm silent. (sundial inscription)

Siste, viator
Wait, traveler; inscription on Roman tombstones

Sit tibi terra levis
May the earth be light upon you; tombstone inscription

Sit vis nobiscum
May the Force be with you

Sobria inebrietas
Sober intoxication

Sol omnibus lucet
The sun shines upon us all. (Petronius)

Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua
The only good language is a dead language

Solitudinem fecerunt, pacem appelunt
They made a desert and called it peace. (Tacitus)

Solum potestis prohibere ignes silvarum
Only you are can prevent forest fires

Sona si latine loqueris
Honk if you speak Latin

Sotto voce
In soft voice

Spectaculorum procedere debet
The show must go on

Spectatvm venivnt, venivnt spectentvr vt ipsae
They come to see, they come that they themselves be seen 'to see and be seen

Spemque metumque inter dubiis
Hover between hope and fear. (Vergil)

Spero melior
I hope for better things

Spero nos familiares mansuros
I hope we'll still be friends

Spiritus asper
Rough breathing

Spiritus lenis
Smooth breathing

Splendide mendax
Splendidly false. (Horace)

Splendor sine occasu
Splendour without end

Stabat Mater
The mother was standing

Stare decisis
To stand by things decided

Status quo
The present state of affairs

Stercus accidit
Shit happens

Let it stand

Struit insidias lacrimis cum femina plorat
When a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears. (Dionysius Cato)

Studium discendi voluntate quae cogi non potest constat
Study depends on the good will of the student, a quality which cannot be secured by compulsion

Stultorum calami carbones moenia chartae
Chalk is the pen of fools, walls (their) paper No Graffiti please. Showing that graffiti is nothing new

Stultorum infinitus est numerus
Infinite is the number of fools. (Bible)

Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes
It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid. (Publilius Syrus)

Sua cuique voluptas
Everyone has his own pleasures

Sub dio
Under the open sky

Sub iudice
Under a judge

Sub judice
Before a court

Sub lite
In dispute

Sub poena
Under penalty of law

Sub rosa
Under the rose. Secretly or in confidence

Sub secreto
In secret

Sub silentio
In silence

Sub sole nihil novi est
There's nothing new under the sun

Sub voce (Sv)
Under the voice

Subucula tua apparet
Your slip is showing

Suggestio falsi
Suggestion of something false

Suggestio veri, suggestio falsi
An intimation of truth, an intimation of falcity

Sui generis
Of one's own kind

Sui iuris
Of one's own right

Summa cum laude
With highest honor

Summam scrutemur
Let's look at the bottom line

Summum bonum
The highest good

Summum ius, summa iniuria
The extreme law is the greatest injustice. (Cicero)

Sumptus censum ne superet
Let not your spending exceed your income (live within your means)

Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt
These are the tears of things, and our mortality cuts to the heart. (Vergil)

Sunt pueri pueri, puerilia tractant
Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things

Suo jure
In one's rightful place

Suos cuique mos
Everyone has his customs. (Gellius)

Above or on an earlier page

Sursum corda
(lift) up (your) hearts

Suum cuique pulchrum est
To each his own is beautiful. (Cicero)

Svi generis
Of its own kind unique

Tabula rasa
A clean slate. Person that knows nothing


Tam diu minime visu!
Long time, no see!

Tam exanimis quam tunica nehru fio
I am as dead as the nehru jacket

Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivas
We should learn as long as we may live. (We live and learn.) (Seneca Philosophus)

Tamquam alter idem
As if a second self. (Cicero)

Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum
So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds. (Lucretius)

Tarditas et procrastinatio odiosa est
Delay and procrastination is hateful. (Cicero)

Te Deum
Thee, God [we praise]

Te audire non possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure
I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear

Te capiam, cunicule sceleste!
i'll get you, you wascally wabbit!

Te igitur
Thee, therefore

Te nosce
Know thyself

Te precor dulcissime supplex!
Pretty please with a cherry on top!

Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis
The times change, and we change with them. (John Owen)

In the time of

Tempus edax rerum
Time is the devourer of things (time flies)

Tempus fugit
Time flees

Tempus incognitum
Time unknown

Tempus neminem manet
Time waits for no one

Ter in die (T.I.D)
Take thrice a day

Terminus a quo
The end from which

Terminus ad quem
The end to which

Terra firma
Solid ground

Terra incognita
Unknown land

Terra nullius
Uninhabited land

Tertium quid
A third something

Tetigisti acu
You have hit the nail on the head. (Plautus)

Theatrum mundi
The theatre of the world

Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas
Thank you for not smoking

Timendi causa est nescire
Ignorance is the cause of fear. (Seneca)

Timeo danaos et dona ferentes
I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts. (Virgil)

Timor mortis conturbat me
The fear of death confounds me

Tintinnuntius meus sonat!
There goes my beeper!

Tolerabiles ineptiae
Bearable absurdities

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Totidem verbis
In so many words

Totum dependeat!
Let it all hang out!

Trahimur omnes laudis studio
We are all led on by our eagerness for praise. (Cicero)

Transit umbra, lux permanet
Shadow passes, light remains (On a sun dial)

Tu autem
You, also

Tu fui, ego eris
What you are, I was. What I am, you will be. (This is found on graves and burial sites)

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito
Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them

Tu quoque
You likewise

Tu, rattus turpis!
You dirty rat!

Tuis pugis pignore!
You bet your bippy!

Tum podem extulit horridulum
You are talking shit

Uberrimae fidei
Of the utmost good faith

Ubi amor, ibi oculus
Where love is, there is insight

Ubi bene, ibi patria
Where you feel good, there is your home

Ubi concordia, ibi victoria
Where is the unity, there is the victory. (Publius Syrus)

Ubi dubium ibi libertas
Where there is doubt, there is freedom

Ubi fumus, ibi ignis
Where there's smoke, there's fire

Ubi maior, minor cessat
The weak (minor) capitulates before the strong (major)

Ubi mel ibi apes
Where honey, there bees, i.e., if you want support, you must offer something in return

Ubi revera (Ubi re vera)
When, in reality

Ubi spiritus est cantus est
Where there is spirit there is song

Ubi sunt?
Where are they (the good old days)?

Ubi supra
Where (cited) above

Ubicumque homo est, ibi benefici locus est
Wherever there is a man, there is a place of/for kindness/service


Ultima Thule
The most distant Thule

Ultima ratio
Last reason. The last resort

Ultima ratio regum
The final argument of kings

Ultimo (ult.)
Of the previous month

Ultimus Romanorum
The last of the Romans

Ultra posse nemo obligatur
No one is obligated beyond what he is able to do

Ultra vires
Beyond the powers or legal authority

Un idea perplexi na
The idea is strange to us

Una hirundo non facit ver
One Swallow does not make Summer. (Horace)

Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem
The one safety for the vanquished is to abandon hope of safety knowing there is no hope can give one the courage to fight and win

Una voce
With one voice, unanimously

Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy

Unitas mirabile vinculum
The wonderful bond of unity

Unum necessarium
The one necessary

Unus multorum
One of many. (Horace)

Urbanus et instructus
A gentleman and a scholar

Urbem lateritiam invenit, marmoream reliquit
He found a city [Rome] of bricks and left a city of marble. (Augustus)

Urbi et orbi
To the city [Rome] and to the globe; a blessing of the pope

Ut ameris, ama!
To be loved, love!

Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas
Although the power is lacking, the will is commendable. (Ovid)

Ut dictum (Ut dict.)
As directed

Ut humiliter opinor
In my humble opinion

Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet
As loyal as she began, so she remains

Ut infra
As below

Ut sementem feceris, ita metes
As you sow, so shall you reap. (Cicero)

Ut si!
As if!

Ut supra (Ut sup.)
As above

Uti foro
To play the market

Uti possidetis
As you possess

Uti, non abuti
To use, not abuse

Utile et dulce
Useful and pleasant

Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!
May barbarians invade your personal space!

Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant!
May conspirators assassinate you in the mall!

Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!

Utinam populus romanus unam cervicem haberet!
If only the Roman people had one neck!

Uva uvam videndo varia fit
A grape changes color in seeing another grape. A bad/good friend makes you a bad/good person

Vacca foeda
Stupid cow

Vacca, vacca, vacca
Cow, cow, cow

Vade in pace
Go in peace. (Roman way of saying goodbye)

Vade mecum
Come with me. A constant companion

Vae victis!
Woe to the conquered! (vanquished) (Livy)


Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur
Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out


Vale, lacerte!
See you later, alligator!

Valui ad satanam in computatrum meum invocandum
I succeeded in summoning satan into my computer

Vanitas vanitatvm, omnis vanitas
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity

Varia lecto (v.l.)
Variant reading

Variatio delectat
There's nothing like change! (Cicero)

Of various people

Velle est posse
To be willing is to be able

Veni, Vidi, volo in domum redire
I came, I saw, I want to go home

Veni, vidi, vici
I came, I saw, I conquered. (Julius Caesar)

Venienti occurrite morbo
Meet the misfortune as it comes. (Persius)

Venire facias
You must make come

Ventis secundis, tene cursum
Go with the flow

Ventis secundis, tene/tenete cursum
The winds being favorable, hold the course

Verba de futuro
Words about the future

Verba movent, exempla trahunt
Words move people, examples draw/compel them. Deeds, not words, give the example

Verba volant, (littera) scripta manet
Words fly away, the written (letter) remains

Exactly as said

Verbatim et litteratim
Word for word and letter for letter

Verbum sapienti satis est
A word to the wise is sufficient. Enough said

Veritas Lux Mea
The truth enlightens me / The truth is my light

Veritas numquam perit
Truth never perishes. (Seneca)

Veritas odit moras
Truth hates delay. (Seneca)

Veritas vincit
Truth conquers

Veritas vos liberabit
The truth will set you free



Verum et factum convertuntur
The true and the made are interchangeable. One can know with certainty only what he have created himself

Verveces tui similes pro ientaculo mihi appositi sunt
I have jerks like you for breakfast

Vescere bracis meis
Eat my shorts

Vestigia terrent
The footprints frighten me. (Horace)

Vestis virum reddit
The clothes make the man. (Quintilianus)

I forbid

Vi et armis
By force and arms

By way of

Via crucis
The Way of the Cross

Via dolorosa
The Way of Sorrow

Via lactea
The Milky Way

Via media
A middle way or course

In place of

Vice versa
In reverse order

Victis honor
Honour to the vanquished

Victoria Imperatrix Regina (VIR)
Victoria, Empress and Queen

Victoria Regina (VR)
Queen Victoria

Victoria Regina et Imperatrix (VRI)
Victoria, Queen and Empress

Victoria, non praeda
Victory, not loot

Victurus te saluto
He who is about to win salutes you


Vide et credere
See and believe

Vide ut supra
See the above

Videlicet (viz.)
That is to say; To wit; Namely

Video meliora proboque deteriora sequor
I see the better way and approve it, but I follow the worse way

Videre est credere
Seeing is believing

Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit?
How great an evil do you see that may have been announced by you against the Republic? (Cicero)

Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas?
Seen any good movies lately?

Vigilando, agendo, bene consulendo, prospera omnia cedunt
By watching, by doing, by counsulting well, these things yield all things prosperous. (Sallust)

Vincere est totum
To win is everything

Vincit omnia amor
Love conquers all

Vincit omnia veritas
Truth conquers all

Vincit qui se vincit
He conquers who conquers himself

Vinculum unitatis
The bond of unity

Vinum bellum iucunumque est, sed animo corporeque caret
It's a nice little wine, but it lacks character and depth

Vinum et musica laetificant cor
Wine and music gladden the heart

Vir bonus, dicendi peritus
A good man, skilled in speaking. (definition of an orator) (Cato the Elder)

Vir prudens non contra ventum mingit
A wise man does not urinate against the wind

Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur
That man is wise who talks little (know when to hold your tongue)

Vires acquirit eundo
It gains strength by going / as it goes. (Virgil)

Virginibus puerisque
For maidens and youths

Virgo intacta
Intact virgin

Viri sunt viri
Men are slime

Virtus in medio stat
Virtue stands in the middle

Virtute et armis
By courage and by arms

Virtvs probata florescit
Manly excellence in trial flourished

Virtvtis fortvna comes
Good luck is the companion of courage

Virum mihi, Camena, insece versutum
Tell me, O Muse, of the skillful man. (Livius Andronicus)

Poison or slime

Vis comica
Sense of humour

Vis consili expers mole ruit sua
Brute force bereft of wisdom falls to ruin by its own weight. (Discretion is the better part of valor) (Horace)

Vis inertiae
The power of inertia; why things never change

Vis maior
Higher force

Vis medicatrix naturae
The healing power of nature

Things seen

Visne saltare?
Do you want to dance?

Visne saltare? Viam Latam Fungosam scio
Do you want to dance? I know the Funky Broadway

Vita brevis, ars lunga
Life is short, art is long

Vita luna!
Crazy life!

Vita mutatur, non tollitur
Life is changed, not taken away

Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Life is more than merely staying alive

Vita sine libris mors est
Life without books is death

Vitam impendere vero
To risk one's life for the truth

Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia
Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives. (Cicero)

Vitanda est improba siren desidia
One must avoid that wicked temptress, Laziness. (Horace)

Vitiis nemo sine nascitur
No-one is born without faults. (Horace)

Viva voce
With living voice

Vivat regina
long live the queen

Vivat rex
long live the king

Vivat, crescat, floreat!
May he/she/it live, grow, and flourish!

Vive hodie
Live today (not tomorrow)

Vive vt vivas
Live that you may live

Vivere disce, cogita mori
Learn to live; Remember death. (sundial inscription)

Vivos voco, mortuos plango
I call the living, I mourn the dead. (church bell inscription)

Vix ulla tam iniqua pax, quin bello vel aequissimo sit potior
Scarcely is there any peace so unjust that it is better than even the fairest war. (Erasmus)

Vixere fortes ante agamemnona
Brave men lived before Agamemnon. (heroism exists even if it's not recorded)

He/she has lived

Vltima ratio regvm
The final argument of kings. (motto of Louis XIV on his cannon)

Vltra vires
Beyond [one's] authority outside the jurisdiction

Volens et potens
Willing and able

Volente Deo
God willing

Volenti non fit iniuria
A person who consents does not suffer injustice

Volo, non valeo
I am willing but unable

Volvptates commendat rarior vsvs
Infrequent use commends pleasure. (moderation in all things)

Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores
You cling to your own ways and leave mine to me. (Petrarch)

Vox clamantis in deserto
Voice crying in the desert. (voice in the wilderness unheeded warning, an opinion not in the mainstream

Vox populi
The voice of the people

Vox populi, vox Dei
The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Public opinion is obligatory)

Vrbi et orbi
To the city and to the world. (preface of Papal documents)

Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat
Every (hour) wounds, the last kills. (sundial inscription)

Vulpem pilum mutat, non mores
A fox may change its hair, not its tricks. (People change behaviour but not their aims)

Vultus est index animi
The face is the index of the soul/mind