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Classic quotes, sayings and proverbs in Latin.

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  Human Being
HoracePulvis et umbra sumus.

We are but dust and shadow.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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  World
Old TestamentFiat Lux.

Let there be light.

—  Old Testament ‐ Genesis 1:3

(from the Latin Vulgate Bible)

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  Good & Evil
Latin phraseDe malo, bonum.

Bad from the good.

—  Latin phrase

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Latin phraseNota res mala, optima.

An evil thing known is best.

—  Latin phrase

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  Life
HippocratesArs longa, vita brevis.

Art is long, life is short.

—  Hippocrates, 460-377 BC, Ancient Greek physician, the 'Father of Medicine'

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Latin phraseDum vivimus, vivamus!

While we live, let us live!

—  Latin phrase

  
  Death
Latin proverbMors ultima ratio.

Death has the last word.

—  Latin proverb

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Latin phraseMemento mori.

Remember death.

—  Latin phrase

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HoraceOmnes una manet nox.

One night awaits everyone.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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HoraceNon omnis moriar.

I shall not wholly die.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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CiceroVixere.

They lived.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

(after the execution of the participants in the Catilinarian conspiracy; meaning: “they are dead”)

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SenecaVivamus, moriendum est.

Let us live, since we must die.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

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  God
Latin phraseDeus vult.

God wills.

—  Latin phrase

(the motto of the Christian warriors in the Crusades)

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HoracePermitte divis cetera.

Leave all else to the gods.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

  
  Prayer
Ora et Labora.

Pray and Work.

—  Motto of the Benedictine Order

  
  Devil
Gospel of MarkVada retro me, Satana.

Get off my back, Satan

—  Gospel of Mark ‐ 8:33

(from the Vulgate, spoken by Jesus to Peter)

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  The Truth
JuvenalVitam impendere vero.

Dedicate your life to truth.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

  
  Time
HippocratesArs longa, vita brevis.

Art is long, life is short.

—  Hippocrates, 460-377 BC, Ancient Greek physician, the 'Father of Medicine'

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  Delay
SenecaVeritas odit moras.

Truth hates delay.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

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  Speed
Citius, Altius, Fortius.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

—  Motto of the Olympic Games

(initially, a motto of Pierre de Coubertin’s school)

  
  The End
AugustusPlaudite, amici, comedia finita est!

Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over!

—  Augustus, 63 BC-14 AD, Roman Emperor

(a little before his death)

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  Void
Latin phraseNatura abhorret a vacua.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

—  Latin phrase

  
  Road
Latin proverbVia trita, via tuta.

The beaten path is the safe path.

—  Latin proverb

  
  Beginning
CiceroOmnium rerum principia parva sunt.

The beginnings of all things are small.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

  
  Injustice
Latin phraseSummum jus, summa injuria.

Extreme justice [means] extreme injustice.

—  Latin phrase

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  Futility
Latin phraseSic transit gloria mundi.

Thus passes the glory of the world.

—  Latin phrase

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  Stagnation
CiceroSemper idem.

Always the same.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

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  New
Latin phraseNihil sub sole novum

Nothing is new under the sun.

—  Latin phrase

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