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Latin Sayings:
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"Musica delenit bestiam feram." (Music soothes the savage beast.)

"Amor vincit omnia" (love conquers all)

"Sit vis vobiscum." (May the Force be with you.)

"Veni, Vidi, volo in domum redire." (I came, I saw, I want to go home.)

"Propino tibi salutem!" (Cheers!)

"non scholae sed vitae discimus" (we learn not for school, but for life)

"non omnia possumus omnes" (We all cannot do everything. (As Virgil explains in the Aeneid, no one has expertise in all fields.) )

"ascendo tuum" (Up yours)

"Semper Letteris Mandate" (Always get it in writing!)

"Aquila non copit murem" (the eagle does not catch the mouse, "don't sweat the small things")

"Vultur non capit muscam!" (The eagle does not catch flies)

"Philosophum non facit barba!" (The beard does not define a philosopher)

"quasi" (as if)

"coitus non circum." (No Fucking around)

"Ars sine scientia nihil est" (art without science is nothing (I would also claim that the opposite is true.))

"Anus Equi Volants!" (Flying ass of the horse (Fr. R. Macchietto))

"Huc accedit Zambonis" (Here comes the Zamboni)

"Ne conjugare nobiscum" (Don't fuck with us)

"Per aspera ad astra" (through the thorns to the stars)

"Sunt pueri pueri, puerilia tractant." (Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things)

"nemo me impune laccessit" (no one harms me unpunished (the motto of Scotland for roughly a thousand years or so))

"Infans Jesu invidit assini." (Baby Jesus hates a wise ass)(is yet another concoction, also garbled. It could be "Infans Jesu invidit asinum." (Baby Jesus hates an ass) but even that is not very good Latin.)

"ad alta" (to the summit)

"ad astra" (to the stars)

"Mens sana in corpore sano" (A sound mind in a sound body)

"Aspice, officio fungeris sine spe honoris amplioris." (Face it, you're stuck in a dead end job.)

"in vinculis etiam audax" (in chains yet still bold(free))

"Cum Grano Salis" (With a Grain of Salt.)

"Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit" (perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy.)

"Poli, poli, di umbuendo" (Slowly, Slowly we will get there.)

"Ne humanus crede" (Trust no human.)

"Deo Vindice" (God will prove us right (motto of the Confederate States of America))

"Fabricati diem" (Make my day)

"Carpe Canum" (Seize the Dog)

"Aut viam inveniam aut faciam." (I'll either find a way or make one.)

"Ave Caesar imperator, morituri te salutant" (Hail Caesar, those about to die salute you (gladiators before the fight))

"Veni, vidi, deus vicit" (I came, I saw and God has won (Polish king Jan Sobieski after defeating Turkish army on the outskirts of Vienna in XVI century))

"festina lente" (hurry slowly)

"Meum pactum dictum" (My word is my bond)

"Quidvis Recte Factum Quamvis Humile Praeclarum" (Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble)

"Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei" (The heavens declare the glory of God)

"Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae" (There is no one great ability without a mixture of madness)

"Nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum." (Thinking nothing done, while anything was yet to do.)

"esse est percipi" (being is perception. it is a standardmetaphysical, Mauser quote from his work on phenomenology.)

"deo volente" (It means god willing.)

"ad astra per aspera" (to the stars through difficulty)

"Dona Nobis Pacem" (Grant us peace)

"Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomine Tu o da gloriam" (Not unto us, Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory.)

"Manus manum lavat" ( Hand washes hand, "one hand washes another" or more contemporarily "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours)

"Luctor et emergo" ("I struggle and emerge" or "Struggle and Conquor". It reflects the Dutch struggle with the sea for the last ten centuries or so. It is actually the motto of the Province Zeeland in the southwest of The Netherlands, the same Province New Zealand was named after.)

"Liberate Te Ex Inferis" (Save yourself from hell. (grammatically incorrect but used as an album title by Zao and used in the movie Event Horizon))

"Libera Te Ex Inferis" (Save yourself from hell. (Speaking to one person))

"Liberate Vos Ex Inferis" (Save yourself from hell. (Speaking to more than one persons))

"Requiescat in pace" (rest in peace)

"Drustanus Hic Iacit Cvnomori filius" (Here Lies Drustan, son of [Marcus]Cunomorus, (said to be inscribed on a stone pillare in Cornwall))

"Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros." ( Life is not a bowl of cherries, or, literally, Fire tests gold; adversity tests strong men.)

"Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum Benedicta tu in mullieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus Sancta Maria, Mater Dei Ora pro Nobis, peccatoribus Nunc et in hora mortis nostr¾. Amen." (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee Blessed art thou amonst women, and blessed in the fruit of thy womb, Jesus Holy Mary, Mother of God Pray for us sinners Now and at the hour of our death. Amen)

"Cursum Perficio" (My journey is over.)(also sometimes as "I finish my journey")

"mea culpa" (My fault.)

"Semper Fidelis" (Always Faithful (Motto of the US Marine Corps) )

"Si vis pacem, para bellum." (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.(Flavius Vegetius Renatus c. 375 AD.))

"Romani ite domus" (Roman go home! ---(Monty Phyton's Life of Brian))

"POST FESTUM PESTUM" (Literally "After holidays The Plague", it means The end of Holidays is a shit!)

"nemo surdior est quam is qui non audiet" (No man is more deaf than he who will not hear)

"Mutatis mutandis" (With the necessary changes)

"Non ministrari, sed ministrare" (Not to be served, but to serve)

"Domus in colle" (House on the Hill)

"Deus est intus" (God is Within)

"Si me perdis, te perdam" (Waste me and I'll waste you (a sundial motto))

"Hic si stas, hinc eris" (Here you stay, here you belong (a sundial motto)))

"Solem quis dicere falsum audeat" (Who will dare to say that the sun is wrong? (a sundial motto from Virgil's Georgics))

"Sol tibi signa dabit" (The sun will give you signs (a sundial motto from Virgil's Georgics))

"Commune hoc ignorantiae vitium est: quae nescias, nequicquam esse profiteri" - Leon Battista Alberti: De Re Aedificatoria, VI,2 (A common thing with the ignorant, to despise what they do not understand; James Leoni's translation, London 1726 - this translation is not entirely to the point, either, I feel - a better one might be: "A common vice among ignorants is to reject the idea that there is anything to know")

"De mortiis aut bene aut nihil." (Speak well of the dead or not at all.(a more literal translation would be "Of the dead, well or not at all." I'm not 100% on mortiis, I've found people using it as mortiis, mortibus, and mortuis. The next translation seems to be the best version)

"De mortuis, nihil nisi bonum." (Never speak ill of the dead. (more literal "Of the dead, (say) nothing unless good."))

"Carpe Narem" (Pick your nose)

"Quos vult perdere Jovis prius dementat." (Those whom he wants to destroy, Jupiter first makes angry.)

"Verba volant, scripta manent." (Spoken words fly away, written words remain.)

"Veni, Vidi, Ambulavi." (I came, I saw, I walked.)

"In caecus terrae, luscus rex est." (In the land of the blind, the one-eye-man is king.)

"Cogito, Facio Fio!" (Think it, Do it, Become it!)

"Non urinat in ventum" (Don't piss into the wind)

"Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum" (A wise man doesn't piss into the wind)

"Tempus edax rerums" (Time devours all things (quote from Roman poet Ovid))

"Mors Cum Terrore Novo Venit" (Death has come with a new terror)

Postremo pensandum
Quanta doctrinae commoditas sit in libris
Quam facilis, quam arcana!
Quam tuto libris humanae ignorantia paupertatem
sine verecundia denudamus!
Hi sunt magistri qui nos instruunt
sine virgis et ferula,
sine verbis et cholera, sine pannis et pecunia.
si accedis, non dormiunt;
Si inquirens interrogas, non abscondunt;
Non remurmurant si oberres;
Cachinnos nesciunt, si ignores.
(Richard de BuryPhilobiblon, I, 9)

And finally, one must consider how great the ease of learning
there is in books, how yielding, how trusty !
How safely we reveal, without shyness, in the face of our books
the poverty of our human ignorance !
They are teachers who instruct us without switches or rods,
without slaps or anger, without notice of rags or riches.
If you approach them , they are not asleep;
If you ask a question, they do not hide;
They do not mutter at you if you make a mistake;
When you are ignorant, they do not know how to laugh at you.

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