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Breves IX


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Carpe diem
Seize the day (opportunity) (Horace)
In vitro
In a test tube (literally glass)
Ergo bibamus
Therefore, let us drink
Sub sole nihil novi est
There's nothing new under the sun
Mens rea
Guilty mind
Optimis parentibus
To my excellent parents. A common dedication in a book
In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello
In peace, like a wise man, he appropriately prepares for war
Proxime accessit
He/she came close
Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit
He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow. (Ovid)
Omnia mutantur, nihil interit
Everything changes, nothing perishes. (Ovid)
Libra solidus denarius (L.S.D.)
Pounds, shillings, pence
Manus manum lavat
One hand washes the other. The favor for the favor. (Petronius)
Res ipsa loquitur
The thing speaks for itself
Facilius est multa facere quam diu
It is easier to do many things than to do one for a long time. (Quintilianus)
Argumentum ad hominem
An argument against the man. Directing an argument against an opponent's character rather than the subject at hand
Amor tussisque non celantur
Love, and a cough, are not concealed. (Ovid)
Qvi docent discit
He who teaches, learns. (George Bernard Shaw)
Clara pacta, boni amici
Clear agreements, good friends
Tolerabiles ineptiae
Bearable absurdities
Errare humanum est
To err is human. / It is human to err. (Seneca)
Lex talionis
The law of revenge
In terrorem
As a warning; in order to terrify others
Compos mentis
Of sound mind (and judgement)
In extremis
In extremity
Appareo Decet Nihil Munditia?
Is It Not Nifty?
Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt
When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults
Memento vivere
A reminder of life (literally remember that you have to live)
Arduum sane munus
A truly arduous task
Lupus in fabula
The wolf in the tale (i.e. Speak of the wolf, and he will come) (Terence)
Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia
Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives. (Cicero)
Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts. (Vergil)
Ex ante
Before the event, beforehand. (economics: based on prior assumptions)
Pro opportunitate
As circumstances allow
Res melius evinissent cum coca
Things go better with Coke
Ne nimium
Not too much
Mea maxima culpa
Through my very great fault
Inter caecos regnat strabo
Among blinds the squinting rules. (Erasmus)
Occasio aegre offertur, facile amittitur
Opportunity is offered with difficulty, lost with ease. (Publius Syrus)
Bella detesta matribus
Wars, the horror of mothers. (Horace)
Pro re nata (Prn)
For an occasion as it arises
Certum est, quia impossibile
It is certain, because it is impossible. (Tertullianus)
Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi
The deepest rivers flow with the least sound. (still waters run deep)
Consummatum est
It is completed
Memoria in aeterna
In everlasting remembrance
Abutebaris modo subjunctivo denuo
You've been misusing the subjunctive again
In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas
In necessary things unity, in doubtful things liberty, in all things charity
Diligite justitiam, o judices terrae
Cherish justice, o judges of the earth
Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat?
What forbids a laughing man from telling the truth? (Horace)
Felis qvi nihil debet
Happy [is] he who owes nothing
Illiud latine dici non potest
You can't say that in Latin
Tu quoque
You likewise
In medio tutissimus ibis
In the middle of things you will go most safe. (Ovid)
Mvtatis mvtandis
The things that ought to have changed having been changed with the necessary substitutions having been made
Repetitio est mater memoriae/ studiorum/
Repetition is the mother of memory/studies
Sub secreto
In secret
Vita brevis, ars lunga
Life is short, art is long
Quantum meruit
As much as he/she deserved
Amicus humani generis
A friend of the human race (philanthropist)
Omnia mihi lingua graeca sunt
It's all Greek to me
Audentes fortuna juvat
Fortune favors the bold. (Virgil)
Ab aeterno
From the beginning of time
Ex tempore
Off the cuff, without preparation
Ipso facto
By the fact itself
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes
It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid. (Publilius Syrus)
Ad locum
At the place
Est modus in rebus
There is a middle ground in things. (Horace)
Qvalis artifex pereo
Such an artist dies in me
In re
Refering to
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
After this, therefore because of this
Utinam populus romanus unam cervicem haberet!
If only the Roman people had one neck!
Homo sum
I am a man
Sit vis nobiscum
May the Force be with you
Fama volat
The rumour has wings. (Vergil)
Finis coronat opus
The ending crowns the work. (Ovid)
Simplex munditiis
Unaffected by manners. (Horace)
Melitae amor
Love of Malta
Struit insidias lacrimis cum femina plorat
When a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears. (Dionysius Cato)
Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem
As long as we are among humans, let us be humane. (Seneca)
In banco
On the bench
Salve veritate
Saving the truth
Nvnc avt nvnqvam
Now or never
Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas
the love of money is the root of all evil. Avarice is the problem, money itself is not evil
Gramen artificiosum odi
I hate Astroturf
Impossibilium nulla obligatio est
Nobody has any obligation to the impossible. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Nvllvm qvod tetiget non ornavit
He touched none he did not adorn
Potius mori quam foedari
rather to die than to be dishonoured (death before dishonour)
Absit omen
May the omen be absent. (may this not be an omen)
Revera linguam latinam vix cognovi
I don’t really know all that much Latin
Opere citato (op. Cit.)
In the work just quoted
Nunc est bibendum
Now we must drink. (Horace)
Quae vide (Qqv)
See these things
Flagrante delicto
Literally while the crime is blazing. Caught red
Nemo me impune lacessit
No one provokes me with impunity. (motto of the kings of Scotland)
Unum necessarium
The one necessary
Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit
Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdues both intelligence and skill. (Cicero)
Machina improba! Vel mihi ede potum vel mihi redde nummos meos!
You infernal machine! Give me a beverage or give me my money back!
Malum consilium quod mutari non potest
It's a bad plan that can't be changed. (Publilius Syrus)
Divide et impera
Divide and conquer
Consule planco
In the consulship of Plancus (In the good old days) (Horace)
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)
Nemo risum praebuit, qui ex se coepit
Nobody is laughed at, who laughs at himself. (Seneca)
Ubi dubium ibi libertas
Where there is doubt, there is freedom
Tempus fugit
Time flees
Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est
Man has been lent to life, not given. (Pubilius Syrus)
Saepe stilum vertas
May you often turn the stylus (You should make frequent corrections.)
Nummus americanus
Greenback. ($US)
Scandalum magnatum
Scandal of magnates
Of various people
Anno regni
In the year of reign
Dum spiramus tuebimur
While we breathe, we shall defend
Video meliora proboque deteriora sequor
I see the better way and approve it, but I follow the worse way
Lumen naturale
Natural light
Et sequens (et seq.)
And the following
Qvi nescit dissimlare nescit regnare
He who doesn't know how to lie doesn't know how to rule
Id tibi praebet speciem lepidissimam!
It looks great on you!
Pavpertas omnivm artivm repertrix
Poverty [is the] inventor of all the arts necessity is the mother of invention
Urbanus et instructus
A gentleman and a scholar
Victurus te saluto
He who is about to win salutes you
Qui multum habet, plus cupit
He who has much desires more. (Seneca)
Regnat populus
Let the People rule
Ex post facto
After the fact, or Retrospectively
Hac lege
with this law
Navigare necesse est
To sail is necessary
Ex proprio motu
Nihil declaro
I have nothing to declare
Floreat regina regina
May it flourish. (The motto of the City of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada)
Vestis virum reddit
The clothes make the man. (Quintilianus)
Verum et factum convertuntur
The true and the made are interchangeable. One can know with certainty only what he have created himself
A mari usque ad mare
From sea to sea (Motto of Canada)
Omne trium perfectum
Everything that comes in threes is perfect
Nullius in verba
(Rely) on the words on no one. (Horace)
Visne saltare? Viam Latam Fungosam scio
Do you want to dance? I know the Funky Broadway
De jure
By law. According to law
Exceptio probat regulam de rebus non exceptis
An exception establishes the rule as to things not excepted
Serva me, servabo te
Save me and I will save you. (Petronius Arbiter)
Sensu stricto, nullo metro compositum est
Strictly speaking, it doesn't rhyme
Alterum ictum faciam
I'm going to take a mulligan
Mens agitat molem
The mind moves the matter. (Vergil)
Persona (non) grata
(un)welcome person
Nemo liber est qui corpori servit
No one is free who is a slave to his body
Ite, misse est
Go, the Mass is finished
Fama crescit eundo
The rumour grows as it goes. (Vergil)
Thus, just so
Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?
How do you get your hair to do that?
Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis
Good wine gladdens a person's heart
Virtus in medio stat
Virtue stands in the middle
Begin here
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)
Stultorum infinitus est numerus
Infinite is the number of fools. (Bible)
Gnothe seauton (Greek)
Know thyself
Odium theologicum
Theological hatred. (a special name for the hatred generated in theological disputes)
Ad acta
To archives. Not actual any more
In spiritu et veritate
In spirit and truth. (Versio Vulgata)
Mors ultima linea rerum est
Death is everything's final limit. (Horace)
Vincit omnia amor
Love conquers all
Nulla avarita sine poena est
There is no avarice without penalty. (Seneca)
Fallaces sunt rerum species
The appearances of things are deceptive. (Seneca)
Bis vivit qui bene vivit
He lives twice who lives well
Nil desperandum!
Never despair! (Horace)
Aspice, officio fungeris sine spe honoris amplioris
Face it, you're stuck in a dead end job
Ante prandium (A.p.)
Before a meal
Sunt pueri pueri, puerilia tractant
Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things
Pictor ignotus
Painter unknown
Do ut des
I give so that you give back
Ita erat quando hic adveni
It was that way when I got here
Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit
True love will hold on to those whom it has held. (Seneca)
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Modus vivendi
Way of living
Non uno die roma aedificata est
Rome was not built in one day (either)
Mater artium necessitas
Necessity is the mother of invention
Scio me nihil scire
I know that I know nothing. Certain knowledge cannot be obtained. (Socrates)
I will please. Medical expression for remedies with no medical effect, which improve one's medical condition only because one believes they do
Ego et rex meus
I and my King
Incredibile dictu
Incredible to say
Liberate te ex inferis
Save yourself from hell
Rigor mortis
The rigidity of death
Cacoethes scribendi
An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)
Per varios usus artem experientia fecit
Through different exercises practice has brought skill. (Manilius)
Virum mihi, Camena, insece versutum
Tell me, O Muse, of the skillful man. (Livius Andronicus)
Non est vivere sed valere vita est
Life is not being alive but being well (life is more than just being alive)
Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo
My conscience means more to me than all speech. (Cicero)
Ad vitam paramus
We are preparing for life
Pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractant
Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things
Ab imo pectore
From the bottom of the chest. (from the heart)
Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter
Your knowledge is nothing when no one else knows that you know it
Annus bisextus
Leap year
Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant!
May conspirators assassinate you in the mall!
Odi et amo
I hate (her), and I love (her) (Catullus)
Fide, non armis
By faith, not arms
Stultorum calami carbones moenia chartae
Chalk is the pen of fools, walls (their) paper No Graffiti please. Showing that graffiti is nothing new
Fac me cocleario vomere!
Gag me with a spoon!
He/she goes out
Melius tarde, quam nunquam
Better late than never
Sic itur ad astra
Such is the path to the stars (i.e. Gain reputation) (Vergil)
Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy
Qvod cibvs est aliis, aliis est wenenum
What is food to some is poison to others. One man's meat is another poison

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