Latin Quotes


A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi - A precipice in front, wolves behind (between a rock and a hard place)

Ab initio - From the beginning

Ab imo pectore - From the bottom of the chest (from the heart)

Ab/Ex uno disce omnes - From one person, learn all people

Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit - He has left, absconded, escaped and disappeared

Absit omen may the omen be absent - May this not be an omen

Abusus non tollit usum - Wrong use does not preclude proper use

Abyssus abyssum invocat - Hell calls hell; one mistep leads to another

Accipere quam facere praestat injuriam - It is better to suffer an injustice than to do an injustice

Acta est fabula, plaudite! - The play is over, applaud! (Said to have been emperor Augustus' last words.)

Ad hominem - Appealing to a person's physical and emotional urges, rather than her or his intellect

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)

Adeste Fideles - Be present, faithful ones

Adversus solem ne loquitor - Don't speak against the sun (don't waste your time arguing the obvious)

Aegrescit medendo - The disease worsens with the treatment (the remedy is worse than the disease)

Aegroto, dum anima est, spes esse dicitur - It is said that for a sick man, there is hope as long as there is life

Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem - Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even. (Horace)

Aeternum vale - Farewell forever

Age quod agis - Do what you do well, pay attention to what you are doing

Age. Fac ut gaudeam - Go ahead. Make my day!

Alea iacta est - The die has been cast. (Caesar)

Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent - Other people's things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people. (Publilius Syrus)

Alis volat propriis - He flies by his own wings

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi - The deepest rivers flow with the least sound (still waters run deep)

Amantes sunt amentes - Lovers are lunatics

Amantium irae amoris integratio est - The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. (Terence)

Amat victoria curam - Victory favors those who take pains

Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore - I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. (Cicero)

Amicule, deliciae, num is sum qui mentiar tibi? - Baby, sweetheart, would I lie to you?

Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur - A true friend is discerned during an uncertain matter

Amicus verus est rara avis - A true friend is a rare bird

Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur - We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. (Syrus)

Amor caecus est - Love is blind

Amor est vitae essentia - Love is the essence of life. (Mackay)

Amor ordinem nescit - Love does not know order. (St. Jerome)

Amor platonicus - Platonic love

Amor tussisque non celantur - Love, and a cough, are not concealed. (Ovid)

Amor vincit omnia - Love conquers all. (Virgil)

Amoto quaeramus seria ludo - Joking aside, let us turn to serious matters. (Horace)

An nescis, mi fili, quantilla sapientia mundus regatur? - Don't you know then, my son, how little wisdom rules the world?

Animis opibusque parati - Prepared in minds and resources (ready for anything)

Apudne te vel me? - Your place or mine?

Aquila non captat muscas - The eagle doesn't capture flies (don't sweat the small things)

Arduum sane munus - A truly arduous task

Arguendo - For the sake of argument

Argumentum ad ignorantiam - Arguing from ignorance

Ars gratia artis - Art for the sake of art

Ars sine scienta nihil est - Art without science is nothing (I would also claim that the opposite is true.)

Ascendo tuum - Up yours

Aspice, officio fungeris sine spe honoris amplioris - Face it, you're stuck in a dead end job

Aspirat primo Fortuna labori - Fortune smiles upon our first effort. (Virgil)

Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit - Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdues both intelligence and skill. (Cicero)

Astra inclinant, non necessitant - The stars incline; they do not determine

Astra non mentiuntur, sed astrologi bene mentiuntur de astris - The stars never lie, but the astrologs lie about the stars

Audentes fortuna juvat - Fortune favors the bold. (Virgil)

Audi et alteram partem - Hear the other side too

Auget largiendo - He increases by giving liberally

Auribus teneo lupum - I hold a wolf by the ears (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.) (Terence)

Aurora Musis amica - Dawn is friend of the muses. (Early bird catches the worm.)

Aut disce aut discede - Either learn or leave

Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit - The fellow is either mad or he is composing verses

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam - I'll either find a way or make one

Avarus animus nullo satiatur lucro - A greedy mind is satisfied with no (amount of) gain

Ave atque vale - Hail and farewell. (Catullus)