Latin Phrases

Here you will find an comprehensive collection of latin phrases.


Ab imo pectore

With all my heart – Lucretius

Ab ovo

From the egg (the Leda) on / From the beginning – Horace

Ad absurdum

Prove something as nonsense

Aequis aequus

Right to the righteous – Emperor Leopold of Habsburg

Alea iacta est

The die has been cast – Gaius Julius Caesar

Aliquid stat pro aliquo

Something stands for something

Ama et fac quod vis!

Love and do what you want! – Augustine

Amantes amentes

Lovers are out of their minds – Terence

Amici, diem perdidi

Friends, I have lost a day – Emperor Titus Flavius

Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur

You can recognize a reliable friend in an uncertain situation – Cicero

Amor est pretiosior auro

Love is more precious than gold

An nescis, mi fili, quantilla prudentia mundus regatur?

Don’t you know, my son, how little sense the world is run with? – Cardinal Richelieu

Audaces fortuna adiuvat

Fortune favours the brave

Audemus jura nostra defendere

We dare to defend our rights

Audere est facere

To dare is to do it

Audi, vide, tace

Hear, see and be silent

Audiatur et altera pars

Listen to the other side

Aut Caesar aut nihil

Either Caesar or nothing – Cesare Borgia

Barba decet virum

The beard makes a man

Barbarus hic ergo sum, quia non intellegor ulli

A barbarian I am here, since I am understood by no one – Ovid

Bella gerant alii, tu felix Austria nube

Wars may be fought by others, you, happy Austria, marry – Habsburg

Bene docet, qui bene distinguit

A good teacher is one who clearly explains the differences

Bis dat, qui cito dat

He who gives quickly gives twice – Publilius Syrus

Bis repetita non placent

Repetitions do not please – Horace

Bona fides

The Good Faith


Caritas omnia potest

Love can do everything

Caritas omnia tolerat

Love endures all

Carpe diem!

Seize the day! – Horace

Carpe Noctem!

Seize the night! – Horace


Legal basis

Causa finita

The case is closed

Cave canem!

Beware of the dog!

Ceterum censeo carthaginem esse delendam

By the way, I am of the opinion that Carthage must be destroyed – Senator Marcus Porcius Cato

Citius, altius, fortius

Faster, higher, stronger – Olympic Games

Cogito, ergo sum

I think, so I am – Descartes

Contraria contrariis curantur!

Opposite is healed with opposite! – Hippocrates

Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

The more corrupt the state, the more laws it has – Tacitus

Cui honorem, honorem

Honour to whom honour is due – Paul

De gustibus non est disputandum

You can’t argue about taste

De jure

By law/legally considered

De mortuis nihil nisi bene!

Only good things about the dead! – Diogenes

Deficiente pecu, deficit omne, nia

If the bag lacks cash, there’ s a shortage of everything.

Deus ex machina

The god from the machine – Plato

Diem perdidi!

I have lost a day – Emperor Titus

Dies ater

A black day – Marcus Verrius Flaccus

Dies diem docet

One day teaches the other – Publilius Syrus

Difficile est saturam non scribere

It is difficult not to write satire about it – Juvenal

Divide et impera!

Divide and rule!

Docendo discimus

Through teaching we learn

Dosis facit venenum

The dose makes the poison – Paracelsus

Dum differtur, vita transcurrit

While you put it off, life goes by

Dum excusare credis, accusas

While you think you’re apologizing, you accuse yourself – Jerome

Dum spiro spero

As long as I draw breath, I hope – Cicero

Duo quum faciunt idem, non est idem

When two people do the same thing, it’s not the same

Duobus certantibus tertius gaudet

When two quarrel, the third is rejoicing


Ecce homo!

Look at the man!

Effugere non potes necessitates, potes vincere!

You cannot avoid the compulsions, you can defeat them – Seneca

Eheu, fucaces labuntur anni!

Oh, how the years fly by! – Horace

Epistula non erubescit

The letter does not blush – Cicero

Ergo bibamus!

So let’s drink! – Pope Martin IV

Errare humanum est

To err is human – Cicero

Etiam tacere est respondere

Silence is also an answer

Ex iniuria ius non oritur

No right arises from injustice

Ex nihilo nihil fit

From nothing nothing can come

Exercitatio artem parat

Practice makes perfect

Experto credite

Take it from someone who’s tried it! – Virgil, Aeneid

Expressis verbis

With the exact words

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus

Outside the church no salvation – Catholic principle of law

Faber est suae quisque fortunae

Everyone is the maker of his own fortune – Appius Claudius Caecus

Facta, non verba

Actions, not words

Fama crescit eundo

The rumor grows as it spreads

Fames est optimus coquus

Hunger is the best cook

Fas est et ab hoste doceri

Learning from the enemy is also right – Ovid

Fata viam invenient

Fate finds its way – Virgil, Aeneid

Favete linguis!

Guard your tongues! – Horace

Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas

Happy those who succeeded in understanding the reason for things – Vergil

Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus

Let justice be done, even if the world perishes because of it – Emperor Ferdinand I

Fiat lux

Let there be light

Finis coronat opus

The end crowns the work – Ovid

Fortes fortuna adiuvat

Fortune helps the brave – Terenz


Greaca sunt non leguntur

Is it Greek, don’t read it

Gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo

The drop does not hollow the stone by force, but by constant falling – Ovid

Habent sua fata libell

Books have their fates – Terentianus Maurus

Hannibal ad portas

Hannibal in front of the gates

Homines sumus, non dei!

We are humans, not gods! – Petronius

Homo homini lupus est

Man is a wolf to man – Titus Maccius Plautus

Horas non numero nisi serenas

I only count the cheerful hours


Iam tempus illi fecit aerumnas leves!

Time has already relieved his grief – Seneca

Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (INRI)

Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews

Ignoramus et ignorabimus

We do not know and we will never know – Emil Heinrich Du Bois-Reymond

Ignorantia iuris nocet

Ignorance is no excuse

Imago est animi vultus

The face is an image of the soul – Cicero

In dubio pro reo

In case of doubt for the defendant

In flagranti

In the act

In magnis et voluisse sat est

With great things it is also enough to have wanted them – Properz

In manu illius plumbium aurum fiebat

In his hand even lead became gold – Petronius

In omnem eventum

For all cases

In principio erat verbum

In the beginning was the Word – John

In sucum et sanguinem

Going into flesh and blood – Cicero

In verba magistri iurare

Swear on the Master’s words – Horace

In vino veritas

In wine lies the truth – Alkaios of Lesbos

In vite vita

There is life in the grapevine

Iniqua numquam regna perpetuo manent

Unjust empires never last forever – Seneca

Istud, quod tu summum putas, gradus est

What you think is the summit is merely a step – Seneca

Ita diis placuit

As the gods pleased! – Luke

Ius summum saepe summa est malitia

The highest right is often the highest malice

Iustitia est constans et perpetua voluntas ius suum cuique tribuendi

Justice is the persistent and constant will to give everyone his right – Ulpianus

Iustititia est fundamentum regni

Justice is the foundation of the empire – Emperor Franz I of Austria

Labor omnia vincit
Work conquers all Unceasing toil conquers all, accomplishes all - Virgil

Lege artis
By all the rules of art

Lege et fide
By law - principle of law

Lege vindice
Under the protection of the law - legal principle

Legi intellexi condemnavi
I read, I understood, I condemned (I have read, I have understood, I have condemned) -

Legibus solutus
Released from the laws - principle of law

Lex dubia non obligat
A doubtful law does not bind - legal principle

Licentia poetica
Poetic freedom - Seneca (c. 1 - 65)

Loco citato
At (already) cited place, at the cited place

Longum iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla
Long is the way by teaching, short and efficacious by example - Seneca Junior, 6 Epist.

Ludit in humanis divina potentia rebus
In the human the divine omnipotence plays - Ovid

Lupus in fabula
The wolf in the fable - Terence


Magis prodesse quam praeesse
To benefit more than to rule - Benedictus of Nursia

Magnum vectigal est parsimonia
Saving is a good revenue - Cicero

Mala fide Bad faith
Against one's better knowledge - legal principle

Male parta, male dilabuntur
As gained, so lost (Literally: Evilly acquired things come to an evil end)

Malum est consilium, quod mutari non potest!
The plan that cannot be changed is bad! also: Bad is the advice that cannot be changed! - Publilius Syrus

Manum te tabula
The hand from the table (in the sense of: hands off)! - Petronius

Manus manum lavat
One hand washes the other

Maxima debetur puero reverentia
One owes the boy the greatest reverence - Juvenal

Maxime peccantes, quia nihil peccare conantur
He who dare not sin commits the greatest sin - Erasmus of Rotterdam

Mea culpa
My fault

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa
Through my fault, through my fault, through my greatest fault - general confession of guilt at the beginning of the Latin Mass liturgy

Medice cura te ipsum
Physician, heal thyself - OT: Book of Sirach

Medicina soror philosophiae
The art of healing is the sister of philosophy - Tertullian

Medicus curat, natura sanat
Let the doctor treat, let nature heal - Hippocrates (c. 400 BC)

Medicus nihil aliud est quam animi consolatio
The physician is nothing other than the comforter of the soul - Petronius

Medio tutissimus ibis
In the middle you will walk most safely - Ovid

Melius est prevenire quam preveniri
It is better that you should precede than that you should be preceded

Memento mori
Remember that you must die (quote from Persius)

Modus procedendi
Code of procedure - principle of law

Morituri te salutant
Those who are about to die salute you - gladiatorial salute (Ave imperator)

Mors certa, hora incerta
Death is certain, the hour is not

Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur
The world wants to be deceived, therefore it shall be deceived - Latin by Luther, the addition 'ergo decipiatur' allegedly comes from Paracelsus

Nam quod in iuventus non discitur, in matura aetate nescitur
What one does not learn in youth, one never learns in old age - Cassiodorus

Nam tua res agitur, paries cum proximus ardet.
For your property is endangered when your neighbour's house is on fire - Horace (65-8 BC)

Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret
Even if you drive out nature with a pitchfork, it will always return- horace

Navigare necesse est, vivere non necesse est
Seafaring is necessary, living is not - Pompey

Ne discere cessa
Do not stop learning - Cato

Ne sutor supra crepidam
Cobbler do not go beyond the sandal (=> stick to your last) - Pliny

Nec scire fas est omnia
It is impossible to know everything - Horace (65-8 BC)

Nemo enim potest personam diu ferre
No one can permanently wear a mask - Seneca

Nemo iudex in causa sua
No one can be judge in his own cause - legal principle

Nemo prudens punit, quia peccatum est, sed ne peccetur
No prudent person punishes because a fault has been committed but so that a fault will not be committed in the future - Seneca

Nescit vox missa reverti!
Do not understand the word once spoken to return! - Horace (65-8 BC)

Nihil in terra sine causa fit
Nothing on earth happens without reason - Job 5,6 VUL

Nil admirari
Wondering about nothing - Principle of Pythagoras

Nolens volens
For better or worse - Cicero

Noli me tangere
Touch me not - John 19:17; Christ's words to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection on Easter morning Motto of the US state of Alabama

Noli turbare circulos meos!
Do not disturb my circles! - Archimedes

Nomen est omen
The name is omen - Plautus (c. 250-184 BC)

Non cuivis homini contingit adire Corinthum
Not everyone succeeds in getting to Corinth - Horace

Non duce tempus eget!
The time does not call for a general! - Lucan

Non licet omnibus Corinthum adire
Not everyone is allowed to approach Corinth - Horace

Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis
It is not death that we fear, but the idea of death - Seneca

Non multa, sed multum!
Do not do many things, but one thing intensively and precisely! - Pliny

Non olet
It does not stink - Suetonius

Non omnia possumus omnes!
We cannot all do everything! Also: not all gifts are bestowed on one man! - Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius

Non omnibus unum est quod placet!
There is nothing that pleases everyone! - Petronius

Non possumus
It is impossible for us - Acts 4, 20

Non scholae, sed vitae discimus
We learn not for school, but for life - Seneca

Nondum omnium dierum sol occidit!
It is not yet the end of the day! - Livius

Nosce te ipsum
Know thyself- Cicero

Nova artificia docuit fames
New arts taught by hunger - Seneca

Nuda veritas
The naked truth - Horace (65-8 BC)

Nulla poena sine lege
No punishment without law - legal principle

Nulla vita sine musica
No life without music

Nunc est bibendum
Now let us drink! - Horace (65-8 BC)


Odi et amo Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris Nescio
I love and hate Why do you ask? Perhaps I do not know (Ennius)

O dulce nomen libertatis!
O sweet name liberty!  (Cicero)

O tempora, o mores!
O times, O mores! (Cicero)

Oderint, dum metuant!
Let them hate (me), if only they fear (me)! (Suetonius) This saying was often used by Emperor Caligula.

Odi profanum vulgus et arceo
I don't want to know anything about the rabble and keep it away from me

Oleum et operam perdidi!
Oil and labour I have wasted! (Plautus) Meaning: Everything was for nothing!

O matre pulchra filia pulchrior!
Daughter, even more beautiful than her beautiful daughter! (Horace)

Omne malum vino cantuque levato!
Make every misfortune light through wine and song! (Horace)

Omne principium difficile!
All beginnings are difficult!

Omnes horas complectere! Dum differtur, vita transcurrit Omnia aliena sunt, tempus tantum nostrum est!
Make all hours your own! By postponing life, it rushes by! Everything is someone else's property, only time is ours! (Seneca, Epistulae Morales)

Omnia aequo animo ferre sapientis est!
It is a sign of wisdom to bear everything calmly!

Omnia aliena sunt, tempus tantum nostrum est!
All things are foreign property, only time is ours! (Seneca)

Omnia bona mea mecum sunt!
Everything that has value for me, I have with me! (Seneca)

Omnia causa fiunt!
Everything happens for a reason!

Omnia fert tempus, pariter rapit omnia tempus!
Time brings everything, and likewise time takes everything! (Palingenius)

Omnia homini, dum vivit, speranda est!
Everything man, as long as he lives, can hope for! (Seneca)

Omnia mea mecum porto!
All my possessions I carry with me (saying of Bias after Cicero)

Omnia sponte fluant, absit violentia rebus!
Everything flows by itself, violence is far from things! or: Everything happens by itself without violence! (Comenius)

Omnia tempus revelat!
Time reveals everything! (Tertullian)

Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori!
Love conquers all, let us also yield to love! (Virgil)

Omnium rerum homo mensura est!
Man is the measure of all things!

Omnium rerum principia parva sunt!
The beginnings of all things are small! (Cicero)

Onus est honos!
Dignity is a burden!

Orandum est, ut sit mens sana in corpore sano!
Pray that in a healthy body there may be a healthy mind! - Juvenal

O si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses!
O if you had kept silent, you would have remained a philosopher! (Boethius)

Otia corpus alunt, animus quoque pascitur illis!
Leisure nourishes the body, the mind also grazes in its pasture! (Ovid)

Otium cum dignitate
Retirement with dignity (Cicero)

Pares cum paribus facillime congregantur!
Like and like like gladly associate (Cicero)

Pars sanitatis velle sanari est!
Part of healing is wanting to be healed! (Seneca)

Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus
The mountains are torn apart and a ridiculous mouse is born! (Horace)

Patet omnibus veritas; nondum est occupata!
Truth is accessible to everyone; it has not yet been taken! (Seneca)

Pati necesse est multa mortales mala!
People must endure many evils!

Patria est, ubicumque est bene!
The fatherland is wherever one feels good (Cicero)

Pauci prudentia honesta ab deterioribus, utilia ab noxiis discernunt, plures aliorum eventis docentur!
Only a few have the insight to distinguish good from bad, useful from harmful; the majority only learn from the fate of others! (Tacitus)

Pauperis es numerare pecus!
Only the poor count their sheep! (Ovid)

Paupertas artes omnes perdocet
Poverty teaches all arts Meaning: Necessity is the mother of invention! (Plautus)

Pauper upique iacet!
The poor lie everywhere on the ground (Ovid)

Pecunia non olet!
Money does not stink! (Suetonius, Vespasian, 23,3)

Per aspera ad astra!
On rough roads to the stars! (after much effort to success, through darkness to light)

Perfer et obdura! Dolor hic tibi proderit olim!
Bear it and endure! One day the pain will be of use! (Catullus, taken up again by Ovid)

Perfugium videtur omnium laborum et sollicitudinum esse sommnus!
Refuge from all toil and trouble seems to be sleep! (Cicero)

Philosophia non in verbis, sed in rebus est!
Philosophy teaches to do something, not to talk! (Seneca)

Pisces natare oportet!
Fish should swim! (Petron)

Plenus venter non studet libenter!
A full belly does not like to study! (Jerome)

Poeta nascitur, orator fit
To be a poet one must be born, to be an orator one can train!

Possunt quia posse videntur!
They can do it because they think they can" (Virgil).

Post vinum verba, post imbrem nascitur herba!
After the wine the words flourish, after the rain the grass!

Praeter speciem stultus est!
He is dumber than he looks! (Plautus)

Praevalent illicita!
What is forbidden has its special charm! (Tacitus)

Principiis obsta, sero medicina paratur!
Resist the beginnings, too late a remedy is prepared! (Ovid)

Pro lucro tibi pone diem, quicum sequetur!
Look upon every day that is yet to come as gain! (Cato)

Proximus sum egomet mihi!
I am the nearest to myself! (Terence)

Prudentia est rerum expetendarum fugiendarumque scientia!
Prudence means being able to distinguish between what one must strive for and what one must avoid! (Cicero)

Prudentia potentia est!
Knowledge is power!


Quae volumus, credimus libenter!
What one wishes, one gladly believes!

Qualis artifex pereo!
What an artist perishes with me! (Emperor Nero, handed down by Suetonius)

Qualis autem homo ipse esset, talem esse eius orationem!
A man is known by his speech!

Quam magnus mirantium tam magnus invidentium populus est!
So many admirers, so many enviers! (Seneca)

Quam non est facilis virtus! Quam vero difficilis eius diuturna simulation!
How difficult is virtue! But how difficult is its constant pretence! (Cicero)

Quam quisque norit artem, in hac se exerceat!
Let everyone practise the art he has learned! (Cicero, Tusculanae disputationes 1,41)

Quam stultum est aetatem disponere ne crastinis quidem dominum!
How foolish it is to divide up life without even being master of the next day! (Seneca)

Quamvis sunt sub aqua Sub aqua maledicere temptant!
Even under water Under water they want to malign! (Ovid, Metamorphoses)

Quamvis vetus arbustum potest transferri!
A tree, be it ever so old, can be transplanted! (Seneca)

Quare verbis parcam? Gratuita sunt!
Why should I spare words? They are free! (Seneca)

Quem dei diligunt, adulescens moritur!
Whom the gods love, they let die young! (Plautus)

Quem fors dierum cumque dabit, lucro adpone!
Every day that fate gives you, count it as profit!

Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere!
Ask not what tomorrow will bring! (Horace) Literally: What tomorrow will be, do not ask!

Quidquid futurum est summum, ab imo nascitur!
Even what is to become the highest begins at the bottom! (Publilius Syrus)

Qui e nuce nucleum esse vult, frangat nucem!
He who wants to eat the kernel from a nut, should break the shell! (Plautus)

Qui nimium probat, nihil probat!
He who wants to prove too much, proves nothing!

Qui non est hodie, cras minus aptus erit!
He who will not do it today, will do it even less tomorrow! (Ovid)

Qui suo iure utitur, nemini facit iniuriam!
He who applies his right does no one wrong!

Quid de quoque viro et cui dicas, saepe videto!
Think about what you say to someone and to whom you say it! (Horace)

Quid leges sine moribus?
What are laws without morals? (Horace)

Quid opus est nota noscere?
What is the use of knowing what is known? (Plautus)

Quidquid agis prudenter agas respice finem!
Whatever you do, do it wisely and remember where it leads!

Quid verba audiam, cum facta videam?
Why should I listen to words where I see deeds? (Cicero)

Quieta non movere!
One should not move what is at rest!

Quis leget haec?
Who will read this?

Quod caret alterna requie, durabile non est!
That which lacks rest in alternation does not last! (Ovid)

Quod latet, ignotum est, ignoti nullo cupido!
What one does not know, that he does not desire! Meaning: What I do not know does not make me hot! (Ovid)

Quod licet jovi, non licet bovi!
If two people do the same thing, it is by no means the same thing!

Quod me nutrit me destruit!
What nourishes me destroys me!

Quod principi placuit legis habet vigorem!
What the ruler approves has the force of law! (Ulpian)

Quod quis per alium fecit, ipse fecisse putatur
The spiritual (intellectual) author of a deed is liable for it!

Quod sis, esse velis!
What you are, you shall want to be! (Martial)

Recte facti fecisse merces est!
The yield of a right deed consists in having done it! (Seneca)

Regia, crede mihi, res est succurrere lapsis!
It is something royal, believe me, to help him who has stumbled! (Ovid)

Relinquendum rumoribus tempus, quo senescant!
One must give rumours time, so that they wither! (Tacitus)

Tene, verba sequentur!
Keep an eye on the matter, the words will come by themselves! (Cato the Elder, 234-149 BC)

Repetitio est mater studiorum!
Repetition is the mother of studies! (Cassiodorus)

Res ad triarios rediit!
Literally: The matter has come to the Triarians Meaning: 'Now it is the turn of the most experienced fighters' or 'It has come to the extreme' (Livius)

Res non semper, spes mihi semper adest!
Reality does not always help, but hope does! (Ovid)

Ruinis imminentibus musculi permigrant!
The rats are leaving the sinking ship!


Saepe stilum vertum!
Often turn back the stylus! (Horace)

Saepe summa ingenia in occulto latent!
The greatest minds often live hidden in the dark! (Plautus)

Sapere aude!
Dare to use your mind without bias! (Horace)

Sapientia aedificabitur domus et prudentia roborabitur!
By wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is maintained!

Sapientia felicitas!
Wisdom is happiness!

Scio me nihil scire!
I know that I know nothing! (Socrates)

Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet
For fear of failure he did nothing

Semper aliquid haeret!
Something always remains (Plutarch)

Sero molunt deorum molae!
God's mills grind slowly!

Serum est cavendi tempus in mediis malis!
Too late one foresees oneself when one is in the midst of disaster! (Seneca)

Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses!
If you had kept silent, you would have remained a philosopher! (Boethius)

Sibi quisque proximus est!
Everyone is nearest to himself!

Sic transit gloria mundi!
Thus passes the glory of the world! (Vulgate, acclamation at the coronation of the Pope)

Sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas!
Do not use your property in a way that could interfere with the property of another! (Roman legal principle)

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

Sine amicitia vita est nulla!
Without friendship there is no right life!

Spatio brevi - spem longam reseces!
Limit your far-reaching hope to a short period of time! (Horace)

Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipsae!
To see they come, they come to be seen themselves (Ovid on the spectators in the theatre)

Superbientem animus prosternet!
Pride comes before the fall!

Suum cuique per me uti atque frui licet!
As far as I am concerned, everyone is allowed to use and enjoy what he has! (Cato the Elder)

Tacere multis discitur vitae malis!
Through much suffering in life one learns to be silent! (Thyestes, 319)

Tanto brevius omne, quanto felicius tempus!
The shorter each period of time seems, the happier it is! (Pliny)

Temeritas est florentis aetatis, prudentia senescentis!
Frivolity is inherent in blossoming youth, prudence in old age! (Cicero)

Tempora labuntur tacitisque senecimus annis et fugiunt freno non remorante dies! Time slips away, we age silently with the years, and the days flee without a rein to restrain them! (Ovid)

Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis!
Times change, and we change with them!

Tempus abire tibi est!
It is time for you to go! (Horace)

Tempus edax rerum!
Time wears away at things! (Ovid)

Tempus erit, quo tu, quae nunc excludis amantem, frigida deserta nocte iacebis anus; Neo tua nocturna frangetur ianua rixa; sparsa nec invenies limina mane rosa
The time will come that you, who now exclude the lover, will spend the night lonely and cold as an unloved woman Neither in the nightly quarrel will the door be broken for you then, nor sprinkled with roses will you find the doorstep you early (Ovid, Art of Love)

Tempus est etiam maiora conari!
It is the right time to tackle greater things! (Livius)

Tempus est nos de illa perpetua iam, non de hac exigua vita cogitare!
It is time that we think of that eternal life and no longer of this short one! (Cicero)

Tempus facit aerumnas leves
Time soothes sorrow (Seneca)

Teneas tuis te!
Keep your things with you! In the sense of: Mind your own business! (Horace)

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito!
Do not avoid misfortune, no, go undaunted to meet it! (Virgil)

Tunica propior pallio est!
The shirt is closer to me than the skirt! (Plautus, Trinummus 5,2)

Turpe est aliud loqui, aliud sentire!
It is shameful to say something other than what one thinks! (Seneca)

Tuus sum, inquit, Brute, malus genius; in Philippis me videbis!
I am your evil spirit Brutus At Philippi you will see me again! (Saying of Caesar, according to Plutarch) Meaning: My opportunity for revenge will come!


Ubi bene, ibi patria!
Where it is well with me, is my home (Cicero).

Ubi quis dolet, ibidem et manum habet!
Everyone knows best where the shoe pinches him! (Plutarch)

Ulla deformior species est civitas quam illa in qua opulentissimi optimi putantuar!
There is no uglier form of government than that in which the richest are considered the best! (Cicero)

Urbi et orbi
To the city and the whole world!

Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas!
Even if the powers are lacking, the will must nevertheless be praised! (Ovid)

Ut enim non omne vinum, sic non omnis aetas matura vetustate coacescit!
As little as every wine becomes sour through age, so little does every mature life! (Cicero)

Ut medicina valetudinis, navigationis gubernatio, sic vivendi ars est prudentia!
As medicine is the art of procuring health, navigation the art of steering a ship, so prudence is the art of living! (Cicero)

Vae victis!
Woe to the defeated! (Livius)

Valere malo quam dives esse!
I would rather be healthy than rich! (Cicero)

Variatio delectat!
Variety delights! (Cicero)

Varium et mutabile semper femina!  
Women are capricious and fickle!  (Virgil)

Vecundari neminem apud mensam decet!
Let no one be modest at table! (Plautus)

Venturae memores iam nunc estote senectae, / sic nullum vobis tempus abibit iners!
Think already of the coming old age, so no day will slip away from you uselessly! (Ovid)

Verba docent, exempla trahunt!
Words instruct, examples carry away!

Veritatem dies aperit!
The truth comes to light!

Vestimentum non facit monachum!
Clothes do not make a monk! (in the sense of: It is not the clothes that make the monk, but his deeds)

Vince animos irumque tuam, qui cetera vincis!
Conquer your impulse and your anger, you who conquer all the rest!

Vincit qui se vincit!
He who conquers is victorious!

Vinum lac senum!
Wine is the milk of the aged!

Vinum laetificat cor hominis!
Wine gladdens the heart of man! (Vulgate, Psalm 104,15)

Vinum novum, amicus novus!
A new wine is like a new friend!

Vis consili expers mole ruit sua!
Strength without wisdom falls by its own force!

Vitam brevem esse, longam artem!
Life is short, art is long! (Hippocrates)

Vita brevis, ars longa!
Life is short, art is long! (Tradition by Seneca, originally Hippocrates)

Vitaque mancipio nulli datur, omnibus usu!
Life is given to no one as a possession, to all for use! (Lucretius)

Vivere militare est!
To live is to be a fighter (to fight)! (Seneca)

Vivitur parvo bene!
With little one lives well! (Horace)

Vixi et quem dederat cursum fortuna peregi!
I have lived and have gone to the end of the path that fate has marked out for me (Seneca is quoting Virgil here).

Vox audita perit, littera scripta manet!
The spoken word blows away, the written word endures!

Vox populi, vox dei!
The voice of the people is the voice of God!

Rome Guided Tour

Treasures of Rome – Rome Guided Tours
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