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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 July 15, 2019

                                                    41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                                                    41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                                                    Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

                                                    Love is one of those things.

                                                    True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

                                                    True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

                                                    supportive couple

                                                      A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

                                                      strong hug

                                                        A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                                                        running help

                                                          A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                          feeding kitten

                                                            A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                                                            It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                                                            mom and daughter selfie

                                                              A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                                                              girlfriends

                                                                Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                                                                selfies

                                                                  A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                                                                  selfie

                                                                    Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                                                                    dude selfie

                                                                      Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                                                      It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                                                        A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                                                          A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                                                          It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                                                          photobomb

                                                                            A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                                                            old man photobomb

                                                                              A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                                                              family photobomb

                                                                                Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                                                                boyfriend photobomb

                                                                                  A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                                                                  True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                                                                  shoulder to cry on

                                                                                    A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                                    flood dog

                                                                                      During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                                                                      A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                                                        A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                                                        lunch

                                                                                          A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                                                          hug

                                                                                            A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                                                            rubble

                                                                                              An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                                                              sister and brother

                                                                                                A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                                                                headstone

                                                                                                  A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                                                                  It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                                                                    A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                                                                    national guard goodbye

                                                                                                      A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                                      saying goodbye

                                                                                                        A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                                        And cherishing reunions

                                                                                                        husband home

                                                                                                          A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                                                          boyfriend home

                                                                                                            A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                                            mother hug

                                                                                                              A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                                              True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                                                              elderly women

                                                                                                                Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                                                                feeling young

                                                                                                                  A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                                                                  sprinkler dad

                                                                                                                    A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                                                                    subway couple

                                                                                                                      A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                                                                      wheelchairs

                                                                                                                        A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                                                        It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                                                        silly faces

                                                                                                                          A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                                                          vote for pedro

                                                                                                                            A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                                                            True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                                                            date night

                                                                                                                              A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                                                              playing violin

                                                                                                                                Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                                                                True love is timeless

                                                                                                                                old friends

                                                                                                                                  Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                                                                  sitting around a fire

                                                                                                                                    A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                                                                    elderly couple

                                                                                                                                      An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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