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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

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      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

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            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

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                  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

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                                    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 September 12, 2019

                                                    12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                                    12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                                    Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

                                                    While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

                                                    What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

                                                    Here are 12 things to remember:

                                                    1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

                                                    The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

                                                    However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

                                                    We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

                                                    Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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                                                    2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

                                                    You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

                                                    Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

                                                    Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

                                                    3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

                                                    Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

                                                    Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

                                                    4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

                                                    Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

                                                    No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

                                                    5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

                                                    Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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                                                    Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

                                                    6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

                                                    Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

                                                    Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

                                                    Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

                                                    7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

                                                    Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

                                                    Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

                                                    And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

                                                    8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

                                                    When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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                                                    Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

                                                    9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

                                                    Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

                                                    Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

                                                    Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

                                                    10. Journal During This Time

                                                    Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

                                                    This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

                                                    11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

                                                    It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

                                                    The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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                                                    Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

                                                    12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

                                                    The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

                                                    Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

                                                    When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

                                                    Afraid to ask for help? Here’s how to change your outlook to aim high!

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

                                                    Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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