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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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                                                    How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

                                                    How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

                                                    Do you say yes so often that you no longer feel that your own needs are being met? Are you wondering how to say no to people?

                                                    For years, I was a serial people pleaser[1]. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time, especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

                                                    But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

                                                    It took a long while, but I learned the art of saying no. Saying no meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. When that happened, I became a lot happier.

                                                    And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

                                                    The Importance of Saying No

                                                    When you learn the art of saying no, you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

                                                    In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

                                                    Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey, considered one of the most successful women in the world, confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything.

                                                    Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

                                                    Warren Buffett views “no” as essential to his success. He said:

                                                    “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

                                                    When I made “no” a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success, focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

                                                    How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

                                                    It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say no.

                                                    From an early age, we are conditioned to say yes. We said yes probably hundreds of times in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work, to get a promotion, to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

                                                    We say yes because we feel good when we help someone, because it can seem like the right thing to do, because we think that is key to success, and because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist.

                                                    And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves.

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                                                    At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we are feeling bad that we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

                                                    The message, no matter where we turn, is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

                                                    How Do You Say No Without Feeling Guilty?

                                                    Deciding to add the word “no” to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say no, but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of no that you could finally create more time for things you care about.

                                                    But let’s be honest, using the word “no” doesn’t come easily for many people.

                                                    3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

                                                    1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

                                                    Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time, especially you haven’t done it much in the past, will feel awkward. Your comfort zone is “yes,” so it’s time to challenge that and step outside that.

                                                    If you need help getting out of your comfort zone, check out this article.

                                                    2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

                                                    When you want to learn how to say no, remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it: who else knows about all of the demands in your life? No one.

                                                    Only you are at the center of all of these requests. You are the only one that understands what time you really have.

                                                    3. Saying No Means Saying Yes to Something That Matters

                                                    When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else that we may care more about. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

                                                    6 Ways to Start Saying No

                                                    Incorporating that little word “no” into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

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                                                    1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

                                                    One of the biggest challenges to saying no is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no will reflect poorly on you?

                                                    Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

                                                    2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

                                                    Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because of FOMO, even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

                                                    Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better[2].

                                                    3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say No

                                                    Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say yes because we worry about how others will respond or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose their respect. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

                                                    Keep in mind that saying no can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way.

                                                    You might disappoint someone initially, but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to. And it will often help others have more respect for you and your boundaries, not less.

                                                    4. When the Request Comes in, Sit on It

                                                    Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

                                                    Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say no. There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

                                                    5. Communicate Your “No” with Transparency and Kindness

                                                    When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest[3] to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

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                                                      Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

                                                      Clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

                                                      6. Consider How to Use a Modified No

                                                      If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” as this will give you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

                                                      Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task, but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                      Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

                                                      Use the request as a way to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself.

                                                      Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project, but not by working all weekend. You’ll find yourself much happier.

                                                      More Tips on How to Say No

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                                                      Reference

                                                      [1] Science of People: 11 Expert Tips to Stop Being a People Pleaser and Start Doing You
                                                      [2] Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Tips to Get Over Your FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out
                                                      [3] Cooks Hill Counseling: 9 Healthy Ways to Say “No”

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