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Thursday Thirteen # 19 - Latin Maxims for Beginners


Sententiae Latinae

Impress your friends and coworkers with your grasp of Latin with these 13 maxims.

My goal: to use as many of these during my conversations with family at our upcoming Canada Day barbecue on July 1.

1. Ab ovo usque ad mala.
From beginning to end.

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

3. Ars longa, vita brevis.
Art is long, life is short.

4. Audentes fortuna iuvat.
Fortune favours the brave.

5. Aurora Musis amica.
Dawn is friend of the muses. Or, the early bird catches the worm.

6. Deus nobiscum, quis contra?
If God is for us, who can be against us?

7. Dictum, factum.
Said and done.

8. Dum spiro, spero.
While I breathe, I hope.

9. Ecce homo!
Behold the man!

10. Fama volat.
The rumour has wings.

11. Homo novus
A new (self-made) man

12. In aere aedificare.
Build (castles) in the air.

13. Licentia poetica.
Poetic licence.



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Oh I'm so late, but my life's been rather hectic and sad :(

Anyway, I hardly know any Latin so this was really new to me :)

Thanks for stopping by dear.

Hey Xine!

Thanks for hitting my T13! You asked me how we kept track of how many animals we saw on our trip. We kept a minimemo book in the truck and each time we saw, say a deer we said the number count. then when we got back to our place we took out the book and wrote down everythign we saw and how many. It was well worth it. Plus it kept the kids occupied and they didnt fight as much.

See you next T13!
Donica C

Great list!!! My moto is Scientia Et Potentia .. :) I use it on my main website. Thanks for stopping by, and happy TT!

And if that post made it through when I hit the wrong keys all at the same time make that #5 and not #4. If it didn't this won't make any sense (like I ever do) so here it is again as it should have been...

"I do like #5."

It was going to be such a short comment and it ended up so long and confused. I should probably go and get some sleep...

I do like #4

These are GREAT! I have a manuscript (currently on submission) and the heroine used alot of Latin text. I have pages of quotes. As soon as I have a few minutes I'll have to pull some up.

Mind if I hold this one for consideration for my next TT?


Very interesting, and educational as usual. I've always liked
"Ad Astra per Aspra"

Thanks for visiting my TT! :-)

My favorite and new motto is:
Dum spiro, spero.
While I breathe, I hope.
Great list. Wishing you a happy Canada Day.

Happy TT

Be well and enjoy the day.

I picked nice short ones to use on my husband (Dictum, factum and Ecco homo) who is all classicsy with his Latin and Greek. Thanks! Ecco homo sounds enough like welcome home that I should be able to remember it by the time he gets home.

Great list. Happy TT.

Brilliant, Christine!! As usual... =)

I love them all, but if I picked...hmm...maybe this one:

Dum spiro, spero.
While I breathe, I hope.

Great list!
Unfortunately I didn't have latin lessons in school, so I knew only 2 or 3 of them. My favorite during my time at uni was always Carpe Noctem (because when I found time to study it was always a bit late to use Carpe Diem, LOL).

My favorite? Dictum, factum. I'm going to say it all day today at the office. "Hey you--Dictum, factum." It's the only one that I can pronounce.

Hmmm, I wonder if I can work one of these into a conversation today...I don't know but I'm trying, have to call my sis in a couple hours and this will really mess her up first thing in the morning - or she'll think I've finally lost the plot :-)

Pax darlin'!

As usual an entertaining and informative TT

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
How much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood

And my personal favourite:

Sona si latine loqueris. - Honk if you speak Latin.

Though I had seen one somewhere, can't find it now, but it was in latin "If you can read this, you a both well educated and far too close to my bumper"

Tee hee! I just love those! And you might have seen, on my blog, another of my favorite Latin phrases: it's "Nill illigitimi carborundum." ~ (Don't let the bastards grind you down).


Happy TT, my friend!

Fantastic list. :D Happy TT.

Whoa, Xine! How do you pronounce all those phrases???

Are you REALLY going to use them? Cool!

My fave is Veni Vedi Veci (or something like that.) We came, we saw, we conquered.
Oh - and Carpe Diem - seize the day.

Great TT!! (If I could only say that in Latin)