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25 Latin Proverbs About Life That Will Enlighten You

25 Latin Proverbs About Life That Will Enlighten You

Thirty-five Latin proverbs about life that will enlighten you is all about what a bunch of really old guys thought about living and life. Latin guys, like Cicero or Horace, had a lot to say about life. Some Latin sayings are not attributed to anyone at all.  Phrases like Semper Fidelis (forever faithful) and e pluribus unum (out of many, one), are well known. Some may think of Latin as a dead language and of no use to anyone at all. The truth is quite the opposite, as can be seen on American coinage and with the United States Marine Corps. Read on for some wise words from the ancient world of Rome.

25. Sometimes It Really Is Best To Tell The Whole Truth.

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    Abbati, medico, patrono que intima pande ~Unknown

    • English equivalent: Conceal not the truth from thy physician and lawyer.

    24. Guys, Dress Nice ‘Cause It Looks Nice

    man
      Vestis virum reddit

      ~Quintilianus

      • English equivalent: The clothes make the man

      23. It’s Time To Quit, But. . .

      bad-habit

        Consuetudinis magna vis est~Cicero

        • English equivalent: Old habits die hard

        22. It’s Ok To Pretend

        girl

          Crede quod habes, et habes~Moore

          • English equivalent: Fake it till you make it.

          21. Learn From Your Mistake

          mistake

            Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare~Cicero

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            • Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one.

            20. Keep Learning

            learn

              Et ipsa scientia potestas est~Bacon, Francis

              • English Translation: And knowledge itself, is power

              19. Why Not Just Be Nice? AKA: Karma

              karma

                Hodie mihi, cras tibi~Unknown

                • English equivalent: The door swings both ways; What goes around comes around

                18. People Gossip

                gossip

                  Homines quod volunt credunt~Caesar, Julius

                  • English Translation: Men believe what they want to.

                  17. Know Who Your Friends Are

                  horse

                    Hostium munera, non munera~Unknown

                    • Translation: Gifts of enemies are no gifts.
                    • Note: This advice has its root in the story of the Trojan Horse, the treacherous subterfuge by which the Greeks finally overcame their Trojan adversaries at the end of the Trojan War.
                    • English equivalent: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

                     16. Work Is Still A Four Letter Word

                    navy

                      ex nihilo nihil fit~Shakespeare

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                      • English Translation: Nothing comes from nothing (you need to work for something)

                       15. You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are

                      hope

                        Aegroto dum anima est, spes est~Erasamus

                        • English equivalent: As long as there is life there is hope.

                        14. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

                        kindness

                          Factis ut credam facis~Unknown

                          • English equivalent: No need of words, trust deeds.

                          13. Nothing Lasts Forever

                          greek

                            Forma bonum fragile est~Unknown

                            • English equivalent: All that is fair must fade

                            12. Mind Your Own Business

                            owl

                              mperare sibi maximum imperium est~Seneca

                              • Translation: To rule yourself is the ultimate power.

                              11. Doing Nothing Is Sometimes For The Best

                              bok

                                In dubio, abstine~Uknown

                                • English equivalent: If you are unsure what it is best to do, do nothing at all

                                10. The truth is absolutely lovely

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                                blooms

                                  Latet enim veritas, sed nihil pretiosius veritate~Sanchez de las Brozas

                                  • English Translation: Truth is hidden, but nothing is more beautiful than the truth

                                  9. Remember No One Gets Out Of This Life, Alive

                                  ded

                                    Memento mori~Unknown

                                    • English Translation: Remember that you are going to die
                                    • “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” Jobs, Steve

                                    8. How You Live Your Life Matters

                                    create

                                      Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu~Seneca

                                      • English Translation: How well you live makes a difference, not how long

                                      7. Take A Chance

                                      risk

                                        Sapere aude~Horace

                                        • English Translation: Dare to be wise

                                        6. Everyone’s Life Is Uniquely Their Own

                                        unique

                                          Si hîc esses, seires qua me vellicent~Unknown

                                          • English meaning: Nobody can fully understand another person’s hardship or suffering

                                          5. Just ‘Cause Something Happens Once, It Doesn’t Mean Anything New Is Happening

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                                          bird

                                            Una hirundo non facit ver~Unknown

                                            • English Translation: “One swallow doesn’t make spring”
                                            • English Meaning: A solitary event is no indication that a major change is taking place

                                            4. Don’t Brag About Yourself

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                                              Vasa vana plurimum sonant~Unknown

                                              • Translation: Empty pots make the most noise

                                              3. Any Time Spent Reading Is Well Spent

                                              read

                                                Tolle, lege; Tolle, lege!~Augustinus

                                                • English Translation: Take up and read; take up and read!

                                                2. It’s Always Easier To Say Than Do

                                                easy

                                                  Sunt facta verbis difficiliora~Cicero Translation: Works are harder than words

                                                  1. No Fear

                                                  fear

                                                    Timendi causa est nescire~Seneca

                                                    • Translation: The cause of fear is ignorance

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                                                    Last Updated on August 12, 2020

                                                    When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

                                                    When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

                                                    Learning how to trust your gut, otherwise known as your intuition, can keep you safe. Your gut can guide you and help you build your confidence and resilience. My own gut instinct has saved me on more than one occasion. It has also guided me into making sound career choices and other exciting, big decisions. I’m also aware of the times when I’ve gone against my instincts and really regretted it later, wondering why I didn’t tune in to that valuable internal voice that we all have within us.

                                                    In this article, we’re going to explore why and how you should listen to your gut, as well as some concrete tips on how to make sure you’re making the most out of your gut instincts.

                                                    How to Listen to Your Gut

                                                    The key when making any big decision is to always take a minute to listen well to yourself and your inner compass. If you hear your actual voice saying yes while inside you’re silently screaming no, my advice is to ask for some time to think, or simply take a breath and pause before the yes or no escapes your mouth.

                                                    Use that moment to breathe, check in with yourself, and give the answer that feels congruent with who you are and what you want, not the one that always involves following the herd. Trusting your gut means having the courage to not simply go with the majority. It can be about holding your own. Here’s how to hone that skill for yourself and reap the rewards.

                                                    1. Tune Into Your Body

                                                    Your body gives you clues when you’re faced with a big decision. There are many visible and obvious symptoms that we feel in uncomfortable situations. Our body’s reaction is often something that we might try to hide, for example, blushing, being lost for words, or shaking. There are things we might do to try and hide that physical reaction, whether it’s wearing makeup, having a glass of wine or coffee to perk us up a bit, or learning to control our nerves.

                                                    However, paying attention to your body when you experience these feelings of anxiety can teach you so much and help you to make sound choices. Some people will experience an actual “gut” feeling of stomach ache or indigestion in an uncomfortable situation.

                                                    Ask yourself what’s really going on here, and explore what is happening behind your body’s response to the situation. What can your reaction or instinct teach you? Understanding that can be a clue and can help you either learn something about yourself, the situation, or other people. The answers are often within us.

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                                                    Sometimes we’ll get this “something’s not right here” feeling and cannot quite put our finger on it or explain it. That can still be incredibly useful and really guide us away from danger, even if we don’t know the reason.

                                                    In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell also argues this, making the point that sometimes our subconscious is better at processing the answer we need, and that we don’t necessarily need to take time to collect hours and hours of information to come to a reliable conclusion[1].

                                                    2. Ensure Your Head Is Clear Before Making a Decision

                                                    Energy, sleep, and good nutrition are so vital to nourishing our minds, as well as our bodies. There are times when your instinct could lead you astray, and one of these is when you are hungry, “hangry” (angry because you’re hungry!), tired, or anxious. If this is the case–and it may sound obvious–do consider sleeping or eating on it before making an important choice.

                                                    There is, in fact, a connection between our gut and our brain[2], which is where terms like “butterflies in the stomach” and “gut-wrenching” originate from. Stress and emotions can cause physical feelings, and ignoring them might do more harm than good.

                                                    3. Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You Think and Feel

                                                    Listening to your gut and really paying attention to it might involve standing up and being counted, calling something out, or taking a stand. As someone who works for myself, I’ve become used to following the less-travelled road, and that’s given me the chance to strike out on my own in other ways, too.

                                                    As they tell you in the planes, “put your own oxygen mask on first,” and part of that self-reliance is knowing what you really want and like and what is safe and good for you, including what resonates with your personal and business values. Making good decisions with this in mind means making choices that do not go against your own beliefs, even when it may mean taking a stand. This is part of trusting yourself and trusting your instincts.

                                                    This does not always mean taking the “safe” option, although keeping ourselves safe is an important part of the process. This is how we learn and grow, by following our own inner compass. When you do take risks, go outside of your comfort zone, or choose the less popular option, spending some time researching the facts can stand us in good stead, too.

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                                                    4. Do Your Research If Something Feels Off

                                                    As well as listening to our instincts, we can also back up the evidence for our chosen course of action before taking the leap. I had a gut feeling about the need for a learning and development network when I noticed my clients getting stuck with the same problems. I set up and now run such a network, but instead of simply going for it, without evidence, I followed up on my instinct with research.

                                                    Having confidence in your gut instinct through these kinds of tests can help to minimize your risks, as well as spur you on. It will encourage you to trust your gut again in the future and trust that you are an expert with foresight and experience. You are!

                                                    5. Challenge Your Assumptions

                                                    When you look at the assumptions your making, this could be the clue to mistakes you are making.

                                                    In order to check that our instincts are wise, we need to ask ourselves what blanks we might be filling in, either consciously or unconsciously. This is true not just when it comes to our own decision-making. It’s also true when we are listening to someone explain a problem or situation, and we’re about to jump in and give some advice. If we can learn to be aware of our own assumptions, we can become better listeners and better decision makers, too.

                                                    A useful tool to become more aware of your assumptions before making a final decision is simply to ask yourself, “What assumptions am I making about this situation or person?”

                                                    6. Educate Yourself on Unconscious Bias

                                                    Unconscious bias is something we all have, and it can trip us up big time!

                                                    There is a vital caveat to bear in mind when wondering about whether you can trust your gut and the feelings your body gives you, and that’s having an awareness of your unconscious bias. Understanding your own bias–which is hard to do because it literally does happen in our subconscious–can help you to make stronger, better, decisions instead of re-confirming your view of the world over and over again.

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                                                    Bias exists, and it’s part of the human condition. All of us have it, and it colors our decisions and can impact on our performance without us realizing.

                                                    Unconscious bias happens at a subconscious level in our brains. Our subconscious brain processes information so much faster than our conscious brain. Quick decisions we make in our subconscious are based on both our societal conditioning and how our families raised us.

                                                    Our brains process hundreds of thousands of pieces of information daily. We unconsciously categorize and format that information into patterns that feel familiar to us. Aspects such as gender, disability, class, sexuality, body shape and size, ethnicity, and what someone does for a job can all quickly influence decisions we make about people and the relationships we choose to form. Our unconscious bias can be very subtle and go unnoticed..

                                                    We naturally tend to gravitate towards people similar to ourselves, favoring people who we see as belonging to the same “group” as us. Being able to make a quick decision about whether someone is part of your group and distinguish friend from foe was what helped early humans to survive. Conversely, we don’t automatically favor people who we don’t immediately relate to or easily connect with.

                                                    The downside of that human instinct to seek out similar people is the potential for prejudice, which seems to be hard-wired into human cognition, no matter how open-minded we believe ourselves to be. And these stereotypes we create can be wrong. If we only spend our time with and employ people similar to ourselves, it can create prejudices, as well as stifle fresh thinking and innovation.

                                                    We may feel more natural or comfortable working with other people who share our own background and/or opinions than collaborating with people who don’t look, talk, or think like us. However, diversity is not just morally right; having a mix of different people and perspectives that can be genuinely heard is also a valuable way to counter groupthink. Diversity stretches us to think more critically and creatively.

                                                    7. Trust Yourself

                                                    It is possible to learn how to truly trust yourself[3]. Like any talent or skill, practicing trusting your gut is the best way to get really good at it. When people talk about having great intuition or being good decision-makers, it’s because they’ve worked at honing those skills, made mistakes, learned from them, and tried again.

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                                                    Looking back at decisions you’ve made, what you did, what the outcome was, and what you’ve learned can help you become a stronger decision maker and develop solid self-trust and resilience. Making a mistake does not mean you are not great at decision-making; it’s a chance to grow and learn, and the only mistake is to ignore the lesson in that experience.

                                                    If you are in the habit of asking others for their input, then the trick here is to choose your inner circle wisely. Having a sounding board of people who have your best interests at heart is a valuable asset, and, combined with your own excellent instincts, can make you a champion decision maker.

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    The above tips are all actionable and easy to start immediately. It’s simply about switching your thinking around, slowing down, and taking great care of this amazing machine that is your body and mind!

                                                    Learning how to trust your gut is one of the most fundamental ways to make decisions that will help you lead the life you want and need. Tune into what your body is telling you and start making good decisions today.

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                                                    Featured photo credit: Acy Varlan via unsplash.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Science of People: Learn to Trust Your Gut Instincts: The Science Behind Thin-slicing
                                                    [2] Harvard Health Publishing: The gut-brain connection
                                                    [3] Psych Central: 3 Ways to Develop Self-Trust

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