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.
- English equivalent: Conceal not the truth from thy physician and lawyer.
24. Guys, Dress Nice ‘Cause It Looks Nice
- English equivalent: The clothes make the man
23. It’s Time To Quit, But. . .
- English equivalent: Old habits die hard
22. It’s Ok To Pretend
Crede quod habes, et habes~Moore
- English equivalent: Fake it till you make it.
21. Learn From Your Mistake
Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare~Cicero
- Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one.
20. Keep Learning
- English Translation: And knowledge itself, is power
19. Why Not Just Be Nice? AKA: Karma
- English equivalent: The door swings both ways; What goes around comes around
18. People GossipCaesar, Julius
- English Translation: Men believe what they want to.
17. Know Who Your Friends Are
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 WordShakespeare
- English Translation: Nothing comes from nothing (you need to work for something)
15. You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are
Aegroto dum anima est, spes est~Erasamus
- English equivalent: As long as there is life there is hope.
14. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
- English equivalent: No need of words, trust deeds.
13. Nothing Lasts Forever
- English equivalent: All that is fair must fade
12. Mind Your Own Business
mperare sibi maximum imperium est~Seneca
- Translation: To rule yourself is the ultimate power.
11. Doing Nothing Is Sometimes For The Best
- English equivalent: If you are unsure what it is best to do, do nothing at all
10. The truth is absolutely lovelySanchez 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
- 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 MattersSeneca
- English Translation: How well you live makes a difference, not how long
7. Take A Chance
- English Translation: Dare to be wise
6. Everyone’s Life Is Uniquely Their Own
- 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
- 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
- Translation: Empty pots make the most noise
3. Any Time Spent Reading Is Well SpentAugustinus
- English Translation: Take up and read; take up and read!
2. It’s Always Easier To Say Than DoCicero Translation: Works are harder than words
1. No FearSeneca
- Translation: The cause of fear is ignorance