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Breves XI


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Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse
I think we're on the same wavelength
Faber quisque fortunae suae
Each man (is) the maker of his own fortune
Nihil est miserum nisi cum putes
Nothing is unfortunate if you don't consider it unfortunate. (Boethius)
Doli capax
Capable of crime
Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem
Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even. (Horace)
Out of
Ne quid nimis
Nothing in excess. (Terence)
Genius loci
The guardian spirit of the place
Prehende uxorem meam, sis!
Take my wife, please!
Iniuria non excusat iniuriam
One wrong does not justify another
Locus sigilli (l.s.)
The place of the seal
Stercus accidit
Shit happens
In his ordo est ordinem non servare
In this case the only rule is not obeying any rules
Sine cura
Without a care
Redolet lvcernam
[it] smells of the lamp
Something to be referred
Be at peace
Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto
I am human, therefore nothing human is strange to me
In vivo
In the living (thing)
Vincit qui se vincit
He conquers who conquers himself
Commune bonum
The common good
A capite ad calcem
From head to heel
Dulce bellum inexpertis
War is sweet for those who haven't experienced it. (Pindaros)
Cave cibum, valde malus est
Beware the food, it is very bad
Vox clamantis in deserto
Voice crying in the desert. (voice in the wilderness unheeded warning, an opinion not in the mainstream
Intra muros
Within the walls
Nihil est incertius volgo
Nothing is more uncertain than the (favour of the) crowd. (Cicero)
Adversus incendia excubias nocturnas vigilesque commentus est
Against the dangers of fires, he (Augustus) conceived of the idea of night guards and watchmen
Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum
While we have the time, let us do good
Annus mirabilis
A wonderful year
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
It is sweet and glorious to die for one's country. (Horace)
Quo animo?
With what spirit? (or intent?)
Non quis, sed quid
Not who, but what
Habemus papam
We have a pope. (used at the announcement of a new pope)
Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse
You know, Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore
Bona fortuna
Good luck!
Justitia omnibus
Justice for all
Ubi supra
Where (cited) above
Ex silentio
From silence. (from lack of contrary evidence)
Above or on an earlier page
Alea iacta est
The die has been cast. (Caesar)
Ad interim
For the meantime
Lapsus linguae
A slip of the tongue
Quantum sufficit (Qs)
As much as suffices
Certamen bikini
Mirabile dictu
Wonderful to say/relate. (Vergil)
In vacuo
In a vacuum or empty space
Aut vincere aut mori
Either conquer or die
Lux mundi
The light of the world
Ter in die (T.I.D)
Take thrice a day
Terra incognita
Unknown land
Sequens (seq.)
The following (one)
Veritas numquam perit
Truth never perishes. (Seneca)
Vinum et musica laetificant cor
Wine and music gladden the heart
Amicule, deliciae, num is sum qui mentiar tibi?
Baby, sweetheart, would I lie to you?
Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!
May barbarians invade your personal space!
Terminus a quo
The end from which
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
De rervm natvra
On the nature of things. (title of Marcus Aurelius's magnum opus)
Per mensem
Verba volant, (littera) scripta manet
Words fly away, the written (letter) remains
Romani ite domum
Romans go home!
Below, underneath
Raptus regaliter
Royally screwed
O curas hominum! O quantum est in rebus inane!
Ah, human cares! Ah, how much futility in the world! (Lucilius)
Amor vincit omnia
Love conquers all. (Virgil)
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules
If I were you, I wouldn't walk in front of any catapults
Exeunt omnes
All go out. (A common stage direction in plays)
Praemonitus pramunitus
Forewarned, forearmed
Ita est
Yes./It is so
Fiat lux
Let there be light
Ad infinitum
To infinity without end
Anicularum lucubrationes
Old wives' tales
Fama nihil est celerius
Nothing is swifter than rumor
Aurora borealis
The Northern lights
Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur
Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time
Diis aliter visum
The Gods decided otherwise
Meliora cogito
I strive for the best
Quieta non movere
Don't move settled things, or Don't rock the boat
Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat
Every (hour) wounds, the last kills. (sundial inscription)
Per procurationem (per pro)
By delegation to
Sub iudice
Under a judge
Beati possidentes
Blessed are those who possess. (possession is nine points of the law)
Ad idem
Of the same mind
Semper fidelis
Always faithful
O di immortales!
Good heavens! (uttered by Cicero on the Senate floor)
Par pare refero
I return like for like tit for tat retaliation
Virginibus puerisque
For maidens and youths
Quod incepimus conficiemus
What we have begun we shall finish
Qui ignorabat, ignorabitur
One who is ignorant will remain unnoticed
Qui tacet consentire videtur
He that is silent is thought to consent
Nascentes morimur
From the moment we are born, we begin to die
Absit invidia
No offence intended
Divine power
Id est mihi, id non est tibi!
It is mine, not yours!
Dictum sapienti sat est
A word to a wise person is sufficient
Fortes et liber
Strong and free. (Alberta)
Tam exanimis quam tunica nehru fio
I am as dead as the nehru jacket
Exegi monumentum aere perennius
I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze. (Horace)
Quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur
Whom the gods love die young. (only the good die young)
Anguis in herba
A snake in the grass. A treacherous person. (Vergil)
Veritas vincit
Truth conquers
Dura lex, sed lex
The law is harsh, but it is the law
Aeternum vale
Farewell forever
Qvandoqve bonvs dormitat homervs
Sometimes [even the] good Homer sleeps. You win some, you lose some
In nubibus
In the clouds
Felix culpa
Happy fault
Quis separabit?
Who shall separate us?
Aspirat primo Fortuna labori
Fortune smiles upon our first effort. (Virgil)
In hoc signo vinces
In this sign, you will be victorious. (Eusebios)
Per cent (per centum)
Per hundred
Sub rosa
Under the rose. Secretly or in confidence
Cornix cornici oculos non effodiet
A crow doesn't rip out the eyes of another crow
Qvaerenda pecvnia primvm est, virtvs post nvmmos
Money is the first thing to be sought [then] virtue after wealth
Insanabile cacoethes scribendi
An incurable passion to write. (Juvenal)
Semper inops quicumque cupit
Whoever desires is always poor. (Claudian)
Pax vobiscum
May peace be with you (Plural)
Canis meus id comedit
My dog ate it
Nihil aliud scit necessitas quam vincere
Necesssity knows nothing else but victory. (Syrus)
Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae
There is no one great ability without a mixture of madness
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?
Res firma mitescere nescit
A firm resolve does not know how to weaken
Cotidie damnatur qui semper timet
The man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)
Ex voto
According to one's vow
Ecce homo
behold the man
Damnant quod non intellegunt
They condemn what they do not understand
Esto perpetue
May you last for ever
Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim
Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)
Optimus magister, bonus liber
The best teacher is a good book
In fine
At the end
Coram populo
In the presence of the people. (Horace)
Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas
Although the power is lacking, the will is commendable. (Ovid)
(You might) ask. . ." Used to introduce questions, usually rhetorical or tangential questions
Facilis descensvs averno
The descent to Avernus (Hell) it's easy to fall, hard to rise
Flamma fumo est proxima
Flame follows smoke. (there is no smoke without fire) (Plautus)
Caeca invidia est
Envy is blind. (Livy)
Terra firma
Solid ground
Historia est vitae magistra
The history is the tutor of life
Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit
No fort is so strong that it cannot be taken with money. (Cicero)
Ignorantia juris neminem excusat
Ignorance of the law excuses no one
Parens patriae
Parent of the country
Lachryma christi
Christ's tears
Interfice errorem, diligere errantem
Kill the sin, love the sinner. (St. Augustine)
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)
Capillamentum? Haudquaquam conieci esse!
A wig? I never would have guessed!
Pares cvm paribvs
Like persons with like persons. Birds of a feather flock together
O diem praeclarum!
Oh, what a beautiful day!
Ad absurdum
To the point of absurdity
De nihilo nihil
Nothing comes from nothing. (Lucretius)
Ultimus Romanorum
The last of the Romans
Religious loci
The (religious) spirit of the place
Vanitas vanitatvm, omnis vanitas
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity
Contra mundum
against the world
Ars gratia artis
Art for art's sake. (motto of MGM)
In situ
In position
Lege et lacrima
Read it and weep
Non omnia possumus omnes
Not all of us are able to do all things (We can't all do everything.) (Virgil)
Homo homini lupus
Man is a wolf to man
Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!
Let's all wear mood rings!
Exceptis excipiendis
excepting what is to be excepted
Proximo (prox.)
Of the next month
In articulo mortis
At the moment of death
Horas non numero nisi serenas
I count only the bright hours. (Inscription on ancient sundials)
Experientia docet
Experience is the best teacher
Absolute power
Multum in parvo
Much in little. (small but significant)
Auribus teneo lupum
I hold a wolf by the ears. (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.) (Terence)
Omnes lagani pistrinae gelate male sapiunt
All frozen pizzas taste lousy
Anno domini (AD)
In the year of the Lord
A contrario
From a contrary position
Exactly as said
Things seen
Amantium irae amoris integratio est
The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. (Terence)
Hinc illae lacrimae
Hence these tears. (Terence)
Ex cearulo
Out of the blue
Periculum in mora
There is danger in delay. (Livy)
Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert
Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn
Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
All things change, and we change with them
Cura posterior
A later concern
Qvod vive (q.v)
Which see
Non omnis moriar
Not all of me will die. (his works would live forever) (Horace)
Erratum (errata)
error (errors)
Eo ipso
By that very act
Via lactea
The Milky Way
De novo
By name
Haec trutina errat
There is something wrong with this scale
Farrago fatigans!
Thuffering thuccotash!
Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono
There is, to be sure, no evil without something good. (Pliny the Elder)
Vitam impendere vero
To risk one's life for the truth
Sat sapienti
Enough for a wise man. (Plautus)
Videre est credere
Seeing is believing
Non placet
it does not please
Ipso iure
By operation of the law
Non ut edam vivo, sed vivam edo
I do not live to eat, but eat to live. (Quintilianus)

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