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Breves VIII


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Disiecti membra poetae
Limbs of a dismembered poet. (Horace)
Credo quia absurdum
I believe it because it is absurd. (contrary to reason) (Tertullian)
Imperium et libertas
Empire and liberty. (Cicero)
Iubilate Deo
Rejoice in God
Vis maior
Higher force
Non omne quod nitet aurum est
Not all that glitters is gold
Hoc est verum et nihili nisi verum
This is the truth and nothing but the truth
Iure humano
By human law
Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur
Anything said in Latin sounds profound
Victoria, non praeda
Victory, not loot
Ars sine scienta nihil est
Art without science is nothing. (I would also claim that the opposite is true)
Fides punica
Treachery. (Livy)
Perpetuo vincit qui utitur clementia
He is forever victor who employs clemency. (Syrus)
Homo praesumitur bonus donec probetur malus
One is innocent until proven guilty
Imitatores, servum pecus!
Imitators, you slavish crowd! (Horace)
Plvres crapvla qvam gladivs
Drunkeness [kills] more than the sword. As true today on the road as it ever was
Vires acquirit eundo
It gains strength by going / as it goes. (Virgil)
Potius sero quam numquam
It's better late than never. (Livy)
Index librorum prohibitorum
Official list of forbidden books not to be read by Catholics
Oblitus sum perpolire clepsydras!
I forgot to polish the clocks!
Siste, viator
Wait, traveler
Aurea mediocritas
The golden mean. (an ethical goal; truth and goodness are generally to be found in the middle.) (Horace)
Horn of plenty
Agnus dei
The Lamb of God
Respice post te, mortalem te esse memento
Look around you, remember that you are mortal. (Tertullianus)
In actu
In practice
Rumores volant. / Rumor volat
Rumors fly. / Rumor flies
Scientia est potentia
Knowledge is power
Nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum
Thinking nothing done, while anything was yet to do
E pluribus unum
From many, one (Motto of the USA)
Ubi mel ibi apes
Where honey, there bees, i.e., if you want support, you must offer something in return
In silvam ne ligna feras
Don't carry logs into the forest. (Horace)
Qui tacet, consentit
Silence gives consent
Non bis in idem
Not twice for the same thing
Culpam poena premit comes
Punishment closely follows crime as its companion. (Horace)
Armis Exposcere Pacem
They demanded peace by force of arms. (An inscription seen on medals)
Annuit coeptis
God has favored us
Res in cardine est
The matter is on a door hinge things are balanced on a knife's edge
Cedant arma togae
Let arms yield to the toga. (Let violence give place to law)
Vide et credere
See and believe
Lapsus alumni
Error made
Ubi bene, ibi patria
Where you feel good, there is your home
Sic erat in fatis
So it was fated
Bella gerant alii
Let others wage war
Omnia iam fient quae posse negabam
Everything which I used to say could not happen will happen now. (Ovid)
Sotto voce
In soft voice
Meum pactum dictum
My word is my bond
Abyssus abyssum invocat
Hell calls hell; one mistep leads to another
Qvalis pater talis filivs
Like father like son. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree
Cogito ergo doleo
I think therefore I am depressed
Nomina stultorum parietibus haerent
The names of foolish persons adhere to walls (Fools names and fools faces are often seen in public places.)
Amor caecus est
Love is blind
Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum!
Don't you dare erase my hard disk!
Esse quam videri
To be rather than to seem
Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo
I'll have a pizza with everything on it
Lex scripta
The written law
Scientia non habet inimicum nisp ignorantem
Science has no enemies but the ignorants
Te capiam, cunicule sceleste!
i'll get you, you wascally wabbit!
Non semper erit aestas
It will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)
Idem quod (i.q.)
The same as
Extra ecclesiam nulla salus
Outside the Church [there is] No Salvation. (A phrase of much disputed significance in Roman Catholic theology)
Aeronavis abstractio a prestituto cursu
In gremio legis
In the protection of the law
Quod erat faciendum (QEF)
Which was to be done
Mirabile visu
Wonderful to behold
Te nosce
Know thyself
Spero melior
I hope for better things
Quid pro quo
Something for something. i.e. A favor for a favor
Ut ameris, ama!
To be loved, love!
Fortitudine vincimus
By endurance we conquer
Res gestae
Things done
Non omnes qui habemt citharam sunt citharoedi
Not all those who own a musical instrument are musicians. (Bacon)
Ratio decidendi
The reason for the decision
A sin
Hunc tu caveto
Beware of this man
Forsan miseros meliora sequentur
For those in misery perhaps better things will follow. (Virgil)
In magnis et voluisse sat est
To once have wanted is enough in great deeds. (Propertius)
Lux et veritas
Light and Truth
Pro patria
For one's country
Inter vivos
Between living (people)
Commune periculum concordiam parit
Common danger brings forth harmony
Fames est optimus coquus
Hunger is the best cook
Quod erat demonstrandum (QED)
Which was to be demonstrated
Ut infra
As below
Proximus sum egomet mihi
I am closest to myself. (Charity begins at home.) (Terence)
It is allowed
Gloria in excelsis deo
Glory to God in the highest
Fidus Achates
faithful Achates (friend)
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)
Respice, adspice, prospice
Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future (look to the past, the present, the future)
Gloria virtutis umbra
Glory (is) the shadow of virtue
In distans
At a distance
Viri sunt viri
Men are slime
De bene esse
It shall be so, as long as it is well
Latet anguis in herba
A snake lies in the grass. (Vergil)
Lavdem virtvtis necessitati damvs
We give to necessity the praise of virtue finding the benefit in what's needful
Ante mortem
Before death
Ad hominem
Appealing to a person's physical and emotional urges, rather than her or his intellect
In nomine patris et filii et spiritus santi
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Fluctuat nec mergitur
It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink
Varia lecto (v.l.)
Variant reading
I have sinned
Brevior saltare cum deformibus mulieribus est vita
Life is too short to dance with ugly women
Per diem
Per day; daily allowance
Pro bono (pro bono publico)
For the good of the public
Cogita ante salis
Think before you leap, or look before you leap
In praesenti
At the present time
Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia
Patience is the cure for all suffer
Dominus illuminatio mea
The Lord is my light
Qualis pater talis filius
As is the father, so is the son; like father, like son
Fabricati diem
Make my day
Magna cum laude
With great honour or academic distinction
Possunt quia posse videntur
They can because they think they can
Ubi sunt?
Where are they (the good old days)?
Ense et aratro
With sword and plow. (citizen
Accipere quam facere praestat injuriam
It is better to suffer an injustice than to do an injustice
Omne tvlit pvnctvm qvi miscvit vtile dvlci
[he] has gained every point who has combined [the] useful [with the] agreeable
As if
Post factum
After the fact
Principiis obsta
Resist the beginnings
Locum tenens
One occupying the place (used as an English noun meaning 'deputy')
Vivat, crescat, floreat!
May he/she/it live, grow, and flourish!
Obiter dictum
Something said in passing
Est deus in nobis
The is a god inside us
Vis comica
Sense of humour
Ratio legis est anima legis
The reason of the law is the soul of the law
Ubi maior, minor cessat
The weak (minor) capitulates before the strong (major)
Vixere fortes ante agamemnona
Brave men lived before Agamemnon. (heroism exists even if it's not recorded)
Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus
The burden is made light which is borne well. (Ovid)
Salve sis
May you be well
Nemo surdior est quam is qui non audiet
No man is more deaf than he who will not hear
Me fallit
I do not know
Melius frangi quam flecti
It is better to break than to bend
Ne humanus crede
Trust no human
Qui nimium probat, nihil probat
One who proves too much, proves nothing
Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te
I am able to live / I can live neither with you, nor without you. (Martial)
Ad vitam
For life
A sworn written statement usable as evidence in court
In pontificalibus
In the proper vestments of a pope or cardinal
Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur
That man is wise who talks little (know when to hold your tongue)
Una hirundo non facit ver
One Swallow does not make Summer. (Horace)
Multis post annis
Many years later
Ex more
According to custom
In personam
Against the person
Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivas
We should learn as long as we may live. (We live and learn.) (Seneca Philosophus)
Sub judice
Before a court
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)
Verbatim et litteratim
Word for word and letter for letter
Functus officio
Having discharged his duty and thus ceased to have any authority over a matter
Monstra mihi pecuniam!
Show me the money!
Illius me paenitet, dux
Sorry about that, chief
Non omne quod licet honestum est
Not everything that is permitted is honest. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Ne plus ultra
No further. Impassable obstacle
Men of letters
Sine nobilitatis
Without nobility (SNOB)
Maecenas atavis edite regibus
Maecenas, born of monarch ancestors. (Horace)
Ab initio
From the beginning
A mensa et thoro
From board and bed (legal separation)
Vltra vires
Beyond [one's] authority outside the jurisdiction
Desunt cetera
The rest is missing
Fecit (fec.)
Made by
Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria
He conquers twice who in the hour of conquest conquers himself. (Syrus)
Corpus juris canonici
The body of canon law
Vivere disce, cogita mori
Learn to live; Remember death. (sundial inscription)
Prima facie
At first sight; on the face of it. (in law, an obvious case that requires no further proof)
Si fallatis officium, quaestor infitias eat se quicquam scire de factis vestris
If you fail, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your activities
Lex domicilii
The law of a person's home country
Nullo metro compositum est
It doesn't rhyme
Ab urbe condita
From the foundation of the city. (Rome)
Homines libenter quod volunt credunt
Men believe what they want to. (Terentius)
Penetalia mentis
The innermost recesses of the mind. Heart of hearts
Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes
Flatterers are the worst type of enemies
Fax mentis incedium gloriae
The passion of glory is the torch of the mind
Non scholae sed vitae discimus
We do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)
Potest ex casa magnus vir exire
A great man can come from a hut. (Seneca)
Post scriptum (P.S)
After what has been written
Ut supra (Ut sup.)
As above
Dies felices
Happy Days
Ad augusta per angusta
To high places by narrow roads
Res publica
The public thing
Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem!
Whatever you do, do cautiously, and look to the end
Dei gratia
By the grace of God
Victoria Imperatrix Regina (VIR)
Victoria, Empress and Queen
Sic passim
Thus everywhere
Neutiquam erro
I am not lost
Consuetudinis magna vis est
The force of habit is great. (Cicero)
Aquila non captat muscas
The eagle doesn't capture flies (don't sweat the small things)
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Life is more than merely staying alive
A fortiori
With yet stronger reason
Nemo gratis mendax
No man lies freely. A person with no reason to lie is telling the truth
Camera obscvra
Hidden room
Potes currere sed te occulere non potes
You can run, but you can't hide
Pecunia in arbotis non crescit
Money does not grow on trees
Locus enim est principum generationis rerum
For place is the origin of things. (Roger Bacon)
Ecce signum
behold the proof
Non nobis, Domine
Not unto us, O Lord
Radicitus, comes!
Really rad, dude!
Et in arcadia ego
I, also, am in Arcadia
Brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longior
Our life is short but is made longer by misfortunes. (Publilius Syrus)

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