Latin phrases & quotes

Over 11,590 Latin phrases and Latin quotes with English translations to explore. Latin, the language of the ancient Roman Empire is an integral part of the English language, many of our most commonly used words and phrases are derived, partially or entirely from Latin.
A cane non magno saepe tenetur aper. - A boar is often held by a not-so-large dog. (Ovid)
A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi. - A precipice in front, wolves behind. (Between a rock and a hard place.)
Ab asino lanam. - Like getting wool from an ass. (Blood from a stone.)
Ab imo pectore. - From the bottom of the chest. (From the heart.) (Julius Caesar)
Ab ove maiori discit arare minor. - From the older ox the younger learns to plow.
Ab ovo usque ad mala. - From the egg right to the apple. (From the beginning to the end.) (Horace)
Abyssus abyssum invocat. - Hell calls hell. (One wrong doing causes another.)
Acta est fabula. - The drama has been acted out. (Augustus)
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.)
Adde parvum parvo magnus acervus erit. - Add a little to a little and there will be a great heap. (Ovid)
Adversus solem ne loquitor. - Don't speak against the sun. (Don't waste your time arguing the obvious.)
Aegrescit medendo. - The disease worsens with treatment. (The remedy is worse than the disease.) (Virgil)
Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent. - Other people's things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people. (Publilius Syrus)
Aliquando et insanire iucundum est. - It is sometimes pleasant even to act like a madman. (Seneca)
Amoto quaeramus seria ludo. - Setting games aside, let's get on 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. (Pope Julius)
Animis opibusque parati. - Prepared in minds and resources. (Ready for anything.)
Ascendo tuum. - Up yours.
Asinus asinum fricat. - The ass rubs the ass. (Two people flattering each other.)
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 outdoes both intelligence and skill. (Cicero)
Audaces fortuna iuvat. - Fortune favors the brave.
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam. - I'll either find a way or make one.
Auxilia humilia firma consensus facit. - Union gives strength to the humble. (Publilius Syrus)
Beati possidentes. - Blessed are those who possess. (Legal doctrine, possession is nine points of the law.) (Euripides)
Bella detesta matribus. - Wars, the horror of mothers. (Horace)
Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere. - To accept a favor is to sell one's freedom. (Publilius Syrus)
Bis pueri senes. - Old men are twice children.
Bona fide. - In good faith, genuine, legitimate.
Bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem. - It is not goodness to be better than the worst. (Seneca)
Braccae tuae aperiuntur. - Your fly is open.
Callida iunctura. - Skillful joining, careful workmanship. (Horace)
Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet. - A timid dog barks more violently than it bites. (Curtius Rufus)
Carpe Cerevisi. - Seize the beer.
Carpe diem. - Seize the moment. (Horace)
Casis tutissima virtus. - Virtue is the safest helmet.
Castigat ridendo mores. - One corrects customs by laughing at them.
Caveat depascor. - Browser beware.
Cicatrix manet. - The scar remains.
Cineri gloria sera est. - Glory paid to ashes comes too late. (Martial)
Cito fit quod dei volunt. - What the gods want happens soon. (Petronius)
Cogito ergo doleo. - I think therefore I am depressed.
Colossus magnitudinem suam servabit etiam si steterit in puteo. - A giant will keep his size even though he will have stood in a well. (Seneca)
Corruptisima re publica plurimae leges. - In the most corrupt state are the most laws. (Terence)
Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse. - I think we are on the same wavelength.
Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit. - Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)
Culpam poena premit comes. - Punishment presses hard onto the heels of crime. (Horace)
Cum bellum deficit, tum pax imminet. - When the war process breaks down, peace will be imminent. (Robert B. Mackay)
Damnant quod non intelligunt. - They condemn what they do not understand.
De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum. - Of two evils, the lesser is always to be chosen.
Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit. - The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn. (Horace)
Deos enim religuos accepimus, Caesares dedimus. - The gods were handed down to us, but we created the Caesars (the rulers) ourselves.
Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas. - It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. (Pliny the Younger)
Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium. - Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. (Seneca)
Dimidium facti qui coepit habet. - He who has begun has the work half done. (Horace)
Disce pati. - Learn to endure.
Divina natura dedit agros, ars humana aedificavit urbes. - Divine nature gave the fields, human art built the cities. (Varro)
Dum loquimor fugerit invida aetas. - Even as we speak, time speeds swiftly away. (Horace)
Errare humanum est. - To err is human.
Etiam capillus unus habet umbram. - Even one hair has a shadow. (Publilius Syrus)
Excitabat fluctus in simpulo. - He was stirring up billows in a ladle. (He was raising a tempest in a teapot.) (Cicero)
Exigo a me non ut optimis par sim, sed ut malis melior. - I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better than the bad. (Seneca)
Facile est inventis addere. - It is easy to add to things already invented.
Facilius per partes in cognitionem totius adducimur. - We are more easily led part by part to an understanding of the whole. (Seneca)
Fallaces sunt rerum species. - The appearances of things are deceptive. (Seneca)
Familia vita est mea ac fortitudo. - My family is my life and my strength.
Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. - Perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy.
Fortes fortuna adiuvat. - Fortune favors the brave. (Terence)
Gladiator in arena consilium capit. - The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena. (Too late) (Seneca)
Gutta cavat lapidem. - The drop of water hollows the stone. (Ovid)
Heu, modo itera omnia quae mihi nunc nuper narravisti, sed nunc anglice. - Listen, would you repeat everything you just told me, only this time say it in English.
Id legi modo hic modo illic. vero, latine loqui non est difficilissimum. - I picked it up here and there. Really, Latin isn't all that hard.
In alio pediculum, in te ricinum non vides. - You see a louse on someone else, but not a tick on yourself. (Petronius)
In consensus atque unitate stat potentia. - There is strength in unity.
In imo animo stat pulchritudo. - Beauty lies in the depths of ones soul.
In me fortitudo, virtus, amor studiumque insunt. - I have strength, courage and desire.
In omnia paratus. - Ready for anything.
In virtute sunt multi ascensus. - In excellence there are many degrees. (Cicero)
Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est. - Inhumanity is harmful in every age. (Cicero)
Ipsa scientia potestas est. - Knowledge itself is power. (Sir Francis Bacon)
Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus. - We are slaves of laws so that we can be free. (Cicero)
Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus. - The burden is made light which is borne well. (Ovid)
Libenter homines id quod volunt credunt. - Men gladly believe that which they wish for. (Julius Caesar)
Lingua speciem involutam praebet, sed sat cito eam comprehendes. - It looks like a tricky language, but you'll get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Malum consilium quod mutari non potest. - It's a bad plan that can't be changed. (Publilius Syrus)
Materiam superabat opus. - The workmanship was better than the subject matter. (Ovid)
Medici graviores morbos asperis remediis curant. - Doctors cure the more serious diseases with harsh remedies. (Curtius Rufus)
Mendacem memorem esse oportet. - A liar needs a good memory. (Quintilian)
Mus uni non fidit antro. - A mouse does not rely on just one hole. (Plautus)
Nec verbum verbo curabis reddere fidus interpres. - As a true translator you will take care not to translate word for word. (Horace)
Nil actum reputa si quid superest agendum. - Don't consider that anything has been done if anything is left to be done. (Lucan)
Noli Fumare. - No Smoking.
Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum. - Don't let the bastards grind you down.
Non est ad astra mollis e terris via. - There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. (Seneca)
Non est ars quae ad effectum casu venit. - That which achieves its effect by accident is not art. (Seneca)
Non omnes qui habemt citharam sunt citharoedi. - Not all those who own a musical instrument are musicians. (Sir Francis Bacon)
Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae. - There is no one great ability without a mixture of madness. (Seneca)
Nullum saeculum magnis ingeniis clausum est. - No generation is closed to great talents. (Seneca)
Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit. - There is no book so bad that it is not beneficial in some respect. (Pliny the Younger)
Nullum est responsum, sed solum optiones. - There are no answers, only choices.
Num barbarorum Romulus rex fuit. - Romulus was not a king of barbarians, was he. (Cicero)
Numquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicit. - Never does nature say one thing and wisdom say another.
Numquam se minus solum quam cum solus esset. - You are never so little alone as when you are alone. (Cicero)
O praeclarum custodem, ovium lupum. - An excellent protector of sheep, the wolf. (Cicero)
Omnia iam fient fieri quae posse negabam. - All the things which I denied could happen are now happening. (Ovid)
Omnia mea mecum porto. - All that is mine, I carry with me. (My wisdom is my greatest wealth.) (Cicero)
Otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultura. - Rest without reading is like dying and being buried alive. (Seneca)
Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. - Mountains will be in labour, and an ridiculous mouse will be born. (So much work and the result is ridiculous.)
Patria est communis omnium parens. - Our fatherland is the common parent of us all. (Cicero)
Per varios usus artem experientia fecit. - Through different exercises practice has brought skill. (Manilius)
Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim. - Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)
Poena par sapientia. - Pain equals wisdom.
Possunt quia posse videntur. - They can because they seem to be able to.
Potest ex casa magnus vir exire. - A great man can come from a hut. (Seneca)
Praeceptores suos adulescens veneratur et suspicit. - A young man respects and looks up to his teachers. (Seneca)
Qespondeat superior. - Let the superior answer. (A supervisor must take responsibility for the quality of a subordinate's work.)
Quaedam iura non scripta sed omnibus scriptis certiora sunt. - Some laws are unwritten but they are better established than all written ones. (Seneca)
Quam angusta innocentia est, at legem bonum esse. - What a narrow innocence it is, to be good only according to the law. (Seneca)
Quam se ipse amans-sine rivali. - Himself loving himself so much-without a rival. (Cicero)
Qui dedit benificium taceat; narret qui accepit. - Let him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it. (Seneca)
Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit. - He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow. (Ovid)
Qui suam imprimere cupiunt formam, labem solum relinquunt. - Some people wanting to make their mark on the world, merely leave a stain. (Robert B. Mackay)
Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur. - Why are you laughing? Change the name and the story is about you. (Horace)
Quidquid excusatio prandium pro. - Any excuse for lunch.
Quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum viditur. - Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.
Rerum Sapientia custos. - Wisdom is the guardian of all things.
Rident stolidi verba latina. - Fools laugh at the Latin language. (Ovid)
Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est. - There is nothing more foolish than a foolish laugh. (Catullus)
Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas. - Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses. (Ovid)
Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit. - Often it is not even advantageous to know what will be. (Cicero)
Salus populi suprema est lex. - The safety of the people is the highest law. (Cicero)
Sane, paululum linguae latinae dico. - Sure, I speak a little Latin.
Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet. - He who feared he would not succeed sat still. (For fear of failure, he did nothing.) (Horace)
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes. - If you can read this, you're over educated.
Simia quam similis, turpissimus bestia, nobis. - How like us is that very ugly beast the monkey. (Cicero)
Sona si latine loqueris. - Honk if you speak Latin.
Struit insidias lacrimis cum femina plorat. - When a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears. (Dionysius Cato)
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes. - It is foolish to fear what which you cannot avoid. (Publilius Syrus)
Tarditas et procrastinatio odiosa est. - Delay and procrastination is troublesome. (Cicero)
Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas. - Thank you for not smoking.
Timendi causa est nescire. - Ignorance is the cause of fear. (Seneca)
Trahimur omnes laudis studio. - We are all led on by our eagerness for praise. (Cicero)
Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito. - Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them.
Ut sementem feceris, ita metes. - As you sow, so shall you reap. (Cicero)
Ventis secundis. - Go with the flow.
Veritas odit moras. - Truth hates delay. (Seneca)
Vincit omnia veritas. - Truth conquers all.
Vincit qui se vincit. - She/he conquers who conquers her/himself.
Vir prudens non contra ventum mingit. - A wise man does not urinate against the wind.
Virtutem in temporibus infirmitatis inveni. - Find strength in your moments of weakness.
Vis consili expers mole ruit sua. - Brute force bereft of wisdom falls to ruin by its own weight. (Discretion is the better part of valor.) (Horace)
Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia. - Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives. (Cicero)
Vitanda est improba siren desidia. - One must avoid that wicked temptress, Laziness. (Horace)
Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores. - You cling to your own ways and leave mine to me. (Petrarch)