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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

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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

                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 September 20, 2018

                                                    7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

                                                    7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

                                                    What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

                                                    For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

                                                    It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

                                                    1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

                                                    The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

                                                    What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

                                                    The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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                                                    2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

                                                    Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

                                                    How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

                                                    If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

                                                    Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

                                                    3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

                                                    Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

                                                    If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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                                                    These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

                                                    What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

                                                    4. What are my goals in life?

                                                    Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

                                                    Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

                                                    5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

                                                    Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

                                                    Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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                                                    You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

                                                    Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

                                                    6. What do I not like to do?

                                                    An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

                                                    What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

                                                    Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

                                                    The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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                                                    7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

                                                    Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

                                                    But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

                                                    “What do I want to do with my life?”

                                                    So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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