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Breves II


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parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus
mountains will be in labour, and an absurd mouse will be born (all that work and nothing to show for it)
a fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi
a precipice in front, wolves behind (between a rock and a hard place)
exegi monumentum aere perennius
I have raised a monument more durable than bronze (from Horace's Odes)
nemo liber est qui corpori servit
no one is free who is a slave to his body
adversus solem ne loquitor
don't speak against the sun (don't waste your time arguing the obvious)
mendacem memorem esse oportet
it is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory (liars should have good memories)
Quique amavit, cras amet
And may he who has loved, love tomorrow as well
audaces fortuna iuvat
fortune favours the bold
si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit
if the end is good, everything will be good (all's well that ends well)
amor vincit omnia
love conquers all
vincit qui se vincit
he conquers who conquers himself Advice for anyone contemplating a diet or kicking a habit.
nulli secundus
second to none
aeternum vale
farewell forever
qui scribit bis legit
he who writes reads twice Something to keep in mind when developing Web pages
ars longa, vita brevis
art is long, but life is short.
de duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum
of two evils, the lesser is always to be chosen (choose the lesser of two evils)
respice, adspice, prospice
examine the past, examine the present, examine the future (look to the past, the present, the future)
amantium irae amoris integratio est
lovers quarrels are the renewal of love
fortes fortuna iuvat
fortune favours the brave
sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probat
a wise man states as true nothing he does not prove (don't swear to anything you don't know firsthand)
victis honor
honour to the vanquished
respondeat superior
let the superior answer (a supervisor must take responsibility for the quality of a subordinate's work)
potius mori quam foedari
rather to die than to be dishonoured (death before dishonour)
alea iacta est
the die is cast. Julius Caesar uttered this when making the decision to cross the Rubicon in 49 B.C. Used when a bold and irretrievable decision has been made.
carpe diem
seize the day
pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes
flatterers are the worst type of enemies
beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere
to accept a favour is to sell one's freedom
absit omen
may the omen be absent (may this not be an omen)
cogito ergo sum
I think, therefore I exist
parva leves capiunt animas
small things occupy light minds (small things amuse small minds)
proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris
it is human nature to hate a person whom you have injured
aut vincere aut mori
either to conquer or to die
quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur
whom the gods love die young (only the good die young)
possunt quia posse videntur
they can because they seem to be able to (they can do it because they think they can do it - the power of positive thinking)
radix omnium malorum est cupiditas
the love of money is the root of all evil. Avarice is the problem, money itself is not evil.
asinus asinum fricat
the ass rubs the ass (used to describe two people lavishing excessive praise on one another)
fabas indulcet fames
hunger sweetens the beans. Beans being a poor man's fare implied that hunger makes everything taste good
una salus victis nullam sperare salutem
the one safety for the vanquished is to abandon hope of safety knowing there is no hope can give one the courage to fight and win
aegrescit medendo
the disease worsens with the treatment (the remedy is worse than the disease)
mens sana in corpore sano
a sound mind in a sound body
praemonitus pramunitus
forewarned, forearmed
semper fidelis
always faithful (Motto of the United States Marine Corps)
aut viam inveniam aut faciam
I'll either find a way or make one
abyssus abyssum invocat
hell calls hell (one mistep leads to another)
amicus humani generis
a friend of the human race (philanthropist)
altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi
the deepest rivers flow with the least sound (still waters run deep)
diem perdidi
I have lost a day (another day wasted)
cave canem
beware of the dog
docendo discimus
teach in order to learn (we learn by teaching)
omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
all things change, and we change with them
ave, Caesar, morituri te salutamus
hail, Caesar, we who are about to die salute you
quid novi?
what's new?
aut disce aut discede
either learn or leave
abusus non tollit usum
misuse does not nullify proper use
si fecisti nega!
if you did it, deny it (stonewall!)
animis opibusque parati
prepared in minds and resources (ready for anything)
dura lex sed lex
the law is hard, but it is the law
stultorum calami carbones moenia chartae
chalk is the pen of fools, walls (their) paper No Graffiti please. Showing that graffiti is nothing new.
ab absurdo
from the absurd (establishing the validity of your argument by pointing out the absurdity of your opponent's position)
vir sapit qui pauca loquitur
that man is wise who talks little (know when to hold your tongue)
cave quid dicis, quando, et cui
beware what you say, when, and to whom
non est vivere sed valere vita est
life is not being alive but being well (life is more than just being alive)
argumentum ad hominem
an argument against the man. Directing an argument against an opponent's character rather than the subject at hand.
facta non verba
deeds, not words (Actions speak louder than words)
caveat emptor
let the buyer beware
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.
vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
life is more than merely staying alive
non semper erit aestas
it will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)
non mihi, non tibi, sed nobis
not for you, not for me, but for us
Cras amet qui nunquam amavit;
May he love tomorrow who has never loved before;
ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora
eggs today are better than chickens tomorrow (a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush)
I have spoken (I will say no more on the matter, and no one else may speak further)
de minimis non curat praetor
a praetor does not occupy himself with petty matters (don't bother me with petty matters)
vade in pace
Go in peaceĀ  (Roman way of saying goodbye)
sumptus censum ne superet
let not your spending exceed your income (live within your means)
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)
veni vidi vici
I came, I saw, I conquered Julius Caesar's report of victory in 47 B.C. over Pharnaces, king of Pontus
errare humanum est
to err is human
si post fata venit gloria non propero
if glory comes after death, I'm not in a hurry (if one must die to be recognised, I can wait)
cum grano salis
with a grain of salt
amantes sunt amentes
lovers are lunatics
beati possidentes
blessed are those who possess (possession is nine points of the law)
tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito
Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them
semper paratus
always ready (Motto of the United States Coast Guard)
nemo me impune lacessit
no one provokes me with impunity. (motto of the kings of Scotland)
ab imo pectore
from the bottom of the chest (from the heart)
curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent
slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless (minor losses can be talked away, profound ones strike us dumb)
non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum
do not take as gold everything that shines like gold
bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis
good wine gladdens a person's heart
in pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello
in peace, like a wise man, he appropriately prepares for war
amare et sapere vix deo conceditur
even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time
exitus acta probat
the result validates the deeds. Avers that any means, no matter how foul may be used if the intended result is good. A dangerous idea.
acta est fabula
the drama has been acted out. Usually in the context of a life or event coming to an unhappy end
veritas vos liberabit
the truth shall make you free
Ite, missa est.
Go, The Mass is ended.
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)
Quid nunc?
What now?! (a nosy busybody)
Verba volant, scripta manent.
Words fly away, writings remain.
Ex ante
Before the event, beforehand. (economics: based on prior assumptions)
Auriculas asini quis non habet
Who has - may it be small ones - donkey ears

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