03 April 2009

Latin Quotes A-E

Latin is a language incredibly suited for amazing phrases and inspiring quotes, translations that fill me with a sense of giddy excitement. So, without further ado, I give you my list of my favorite Latin phrases :) Enjoy.

abundans cautela non nocet - Abundant caution does no harm
abusus non tollit usum - Misuse does not remove use: Abuse does not, in itself, justify denial of use. i.e. Just because pragmatism has been abused does not mean that all pragmatism is therefore inherently bad.
abyssus abyssum invocat - The deep calls to the deep. Psalms 42:7
alenda lux ubi orta libertas - Let learning be cherised where liberty has arisen.
audemus jura nostra defendere - We dare to defend our rights.
beatus homo qui invenit sapientiam - Blessed is the man who finds wisdom.
Carthago delenda est - Carthage must be destroyed.
cessante ratione legis cessat ipsa lex - When the reason for the law ceases, the law itself ceases.
cogito ergo sum - I think, therefore I am. Rene Descartes
condemnant quod non intellegunt - They condemn because they don't understand.
cor meum tibi offero domine prompte et sincere - I offer my heart to you Lord, sincerely and promptly.
cruci dum spiro fido - When I trust in the cross, I live.
de omnibus dubitandum - Be suspicious of everything
disce aut discede - Learn or Depart!
disce quasi semper victurus vive quasi cras moriturus - Learn as if you are going to live forever, live as if you are going to die tomorrow.
Dominus Illuminatio Mea - The Lord is my illumination
dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - It is a sweet and honorable thing to die for the fatherland.
Dulce Periculum - Danger is sweet.
dum spiro spero - While I breathe, I hope.
Dum vita est, spes est. - While there is life, there is hope.
errare humanum est. - To err is human.
esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem.
ex abundantia enim cordis os loquitur - For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
ex nihilo nihil fit - Nothing may come from nothing.
ex scientia vera - From knowledge, truth.
extra territorium jus dicenti impune non paretur - he who administers justice outside of his territory is disobeyed with impunity

That's the list through 'E's. More coming soon.



  1. You should try mixing and matching em. "cogitant quod non intellegunt"