Latin Quotes for the Soul

I love Latin, I really do. Even though I’m not at all fluent with the language, I’d really like to be.

But the best thing about Latin is that it is the root of so many of our words. It was spoken before we spoke, and the history and culture behind it is amazing.

But in the meantime, these quotes will have to suffice.

So here are some quotes that I’ve found to be inspirational or simply cool out of the fondness for the language, and feel free to use them to even sound a little cool.

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1. “Dimidium facti qui coepit habet.”

“He who has begun has the work half done.”

2. “Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria.”

“He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.”

3. “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.” 

“I’ll either find a way or make one.”

4. “Aut vincere aut mori.”

“Either to conquer or to die.”

5. “Ipsa scientia potestas est.” 

“Knowledge itself is power.”

6. “Nil desperandum.” 

“Never despair.”

7. “Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore.”

“I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting.”

8. Vestis virum reddit.”

“The clothes make the man.”

9. “Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem.” 
“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.”

10. Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur.”
“That man is wise who talks little.”

11. Alea iacta est.”
“The dice has been cast.”

12. Semper inops quicumque cupit.”

“Whoever desires is always poor.”

13.“Serva me, servabo te.”

“Save me and I will save you.”

14. A fronte praceipitium a tergo lupi.”

“A precipice in front, wolves behind” basically “between a rock and a hard place”

15.Si vis pacem, para bellum.” 

“If you want peace, prepare for the war.”

16. Dulce bellum inexpertis.”

“War is sweet for those who haven’t experienced it.”

17.Si vis amari, ama.” 

“If you wish to be loved, love.”

18. Semper idem.”

“Always the same thing.”

19. Dum viviumus, vivamus.” 

“When we live, let us live.”

20. Ubi concordia, ibi victoria – Publius Syrus
“Where there is unity, there is the victory.”

21. “Veni, vidi, vici.”

“I came, I saw, I conquered.”

22. “Quid pro quo.”

“Something for something else.” or “A favor for a favor.”

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23. Temet nosce.”

“Know thyself.”

24. “Audax at fidelis.”

“Bold but faithful.”

25. Non ducor duco.”

“I am not led, I lead.”

26. Semper ad meliora.”

“Always towards better things.”

27. “Sic itur ad astra.”

“Thus you shall go to the stars.”

28.  “Forest fortuna adiuvat.”

“Fortune favors the brave.”

29. “Carpe noctem.”

“Sieze the night.”

30. “Carpe diem.”

“Sieze the day.”

Hopefully you too can take these quotes and put them to good use. Whether it’s for a trendy, cool looking bio, a life lesson or motto, or even something just to dish out every now in then in a conversation jsut to show off your stuff.

Celebrate Latin everyone.


A Deck of Swords

Reading the Oedipus Rex cycle, or the Sophacles trilogy, there were three questions I devised to ask myself about the book, one question for each section. And while I spent awhile thinking of ways to answer the questions, I figured I might as well do something I’m used to doing.

So I pulled out the three cards I thought best answered them. Continue reading