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FAMILIAR LATIN QUOTATIONS
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A!, virgo infelix, herbis pasceris amaris!: ah, unfortunate maiden, you will have to graze on bitter herbs! (Calvus)

abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit: he has left, gone off, escaped, broken away (Cicero, said of Catiline’s flight)

absentem qui rodit amicum, qui non defendit, alio culpante; hic niger est; hunc tu, Romane, caveto: he who attacks an absent friend, or who does not defend him when spoken ill of by another; that man is a dark character; you, Romans, beware of him (Horace)

absentes tinnitu aurium præsentire sermones de se receptum est: it is generally admitted that those absent are warned by a ringing in the ears when they are being talked about (Pliny the Elder)

abstineas igitur damnandis; hujus enim vel una potens ratio est, ne crimina nostra sequantur ex nobis geniti; quoniam dociles imitandis turpibus ac pravis omnes sumus: let us refrain from doing ill; for one powerful reason, lest our children should follow our crimes; we are all too prone to imitate whatever is base and depraved (Juvenal)

ac primam scelerum matrem, quæ semper habendo plus sitiens patulis rimatur faucibus aurum, trudis avaritiam: expel avarice, the mother of all wickedness, who, always thirsty for more, opens wide her jaws for gold (Claudian)

accipe nunc Danaum insidias, et crimine ab uno disce omnes: learn now of the treachery of the Greeks, and from one example the character of the nation may be known (Virgil)

accipe nunc, victus tenuis quid quantaque secum afferat. In primis valeas bene: now learn what and how great benefit a moderate diet brings with it. Before all, you will enjoy good health (Horace)

accipiunt leges, populus quibus legibus exlex: they consent to laws that place the people outside the law (Lucilius)

ad nullum consurgit opus, cum corpore languet: when the body is indisposed, it is in vain that we call on the mind for any strenuous application (Gallus)

ad populum phaleras, ego te intus et in cute novi: to the vulgar herd with your trappings, I know you both inside and outside (i.e., I know that person too well to be deceived by appearances) (Persius)

adde cruorem stultitiæ, atque ignem gladio scrutare: to your folly add bloodshed, and stir the fire with the sword (Horace)

adde quod ingenuas didicisse

alter remus aquas, alter mihi radat

adde quod ingenuas didicisse fideliter artes emollit mores nec sinit esse feros: add the fact that to have studied faithfully the liberal arts softens behavior, not allowing it to be savage (Ovid)

adeone homines immutari ex amore, ut non cognoscas eundem esse?: that a person should be so changed by love, as not to be known again as the same person? (Terence)

adeste, fideles, læti triumphantes; venite, venite in Bethlehem: O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant; O come, ye, O come, ye, to Bethlehem (a Christian hymn)

adhuc neminem cognovi poëtam, qui sibi non optimus videretur: I have never yet known a poet who did not think himself super-excellent (Cicero)

adulandi gens prudentissima laudat sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici: the skillful class of flatterers praises the discourse of the ignorant and the face of the disfigured friend (Juvenal)

æquam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem, non secus in bonis ab insolenti temperatam lætitia: when things are steep, remember to stay levelheaded and to restrain yourself from immoderate joy in prosperity (Horace)

æstuat infelix angusto limite mundi: the unhappy man frets at the narrow limits of the world (Juvenal)

ætas parentum pejor avis tulit nos nequiores, mox daturos progeniem vitiosiorem: the age of our fathers, which was worse than that of our ancestors, produced us, who are shortly to raise a progeny even more vicious than ourselves (Horace)

agere considerate pluris est quam cogitare prudenter: it is of more consequence to act considerately than to think sagely (Cicero)

agnosco veteris vestigia flammæ: I recognize some traces of my former flame (i.e., my passion is not wholly extinguished) (Virgil)

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis, dona nobis pacem: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace (from the Catholic Mass)

ah!, quam dulce est meminisse: ah!, how sweet it is to remember ah!, vitam perdidi operose nihil agendo: alas!, I have lost my life in laboring over

nothing (Grotius) alea jacta est: the die is cast (Julius Cæsar, after crossing the Rubicon in 49 BCE) aliena negotia centum per caput, et circa saliunt latus: a hundred troubles of

other people leap through my head and at my side (Horace) aliena negotia curo, excussus propriis: I attend to the business of other people,

having lost my own (Horace) alieni appetens, sui profusus: greedy for the things of others, lavish with his own

(Sallust, in reference to Catiline) aliquod crastinus dies ad cogitandum dabit: tomorrow will give some food for

thought (Cicero) alter remus aquas, alter mihi radat arenas: let me strike the water with one oar,

and with the other scrape the sands (i.e., let me stay close to shore) (Propertius)

alter rixatur de lana sæpe caprina animoque supersunt jam prope post

alter rixatur de lana sæpe caprina propugnat nugis armatus: another frequently disputes about goat’s wool and rises in arms for trifles (Horace)

altera manu fert lapidem, panem ostentat altera (or altera panem ostentat): he carries a stone in one hand, and shows bread in the other (Plautus)

alterius sic altera poscit opem res et conjurat amice: thus one thing demands the aid of the other and both unite in friendly assistance (Horace)

alterutra clarescere fama; sive bonum, sive malum, fama est: to become famous in one way or the other; whether it be good or bad, it is fame

amabilis insania; mentis gratissimus error: a delightful insanity; a most pleasing error of the mind (Horace)

ambiguas in vulgum spargere voces: to scatter ambiguous reports among the people (Virgil)

amor et melle et felle est fœcundissimus: gustu dat dulce, amarum ad satietatem usque aggerit: love has both honey and gall in abundance: it gives sweetness to the taste, but it also brings bitterness to satiety (Plautus)

amori finem tempus, non animus facit: it is time, not the mind, that puts an end to love (Publilius Syrus)

amoto quæramus seria ludo: joking aside, let us turn to serious matters (Horace) amphora cœpit institui; currente rota cur urceus exit?: a vase was begun; why

from the revolving wheel does it turn out a worthless pitcher? (i.e., what began with great fanfare turned out to be something of little note) (Horace)

ampliat ætatis spatium sibi vir bonus; hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frui: the good man extends the terms of his life; it is to live twice to be able to enjoy one’s former life (Martial)

an dives sit omnes quærunt, nemo an bonus: everyone inquires if he is rich, no one asks if he is good

an nescis, quantilla prudentia mundus (or orbis) regatur?: do you not know with how very little wisdom the world is governed?