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351 Cool Latin Quotes – Wise words every man should know.

351 Cool Latin Quotes – Wise words every man should know.

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Anyone who’s ever wanted to come off as a bit wittier, a bit cleverer, and a bit more worldly could really use some Latin quotes.

Not only were the Romans known for their wisdom and way with words, but tossing out a bit of Latin in the middle of conversation really makes an impression.

If you’re looking to make that kind of classy, classic impression, you’re in luck.

We’ve put together the 351 best Latin quotes. Read through, pick the best ones, and start quoting away!

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80 Best Latin Quotes

These Latin quotes are the classics of the classics. Below, you’ll find some of the best lines ever uttered in any language, and often, these were uttered by some of the coolest dudes in history.

Here are the 80 best Latin quotes:

Amor Omnia Vincit - Love conquers all - Virgil, Eclogues X

1. Amor Omnia Vincit
(Love conquers all – Virgil, Eclogues X)

The ultimate romantic line, making people swoon for millennia.

2. Vivamus, Moriendum Est.
(Let us live, since we must die.)

One of the most powerful Latin quotes.

3. Alea Iacta Est.
(The die is cast.)

One of the most famous Latin quotes in history.

Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo - If I can not bend the will of Heaven, I shall move Hell. - Virgil

4. Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo
(If I can not bend the will of Heaven, I shall move Hell. – Virgil)

When moving Heaven and Earth just isn’t enough.

5. Condemnant quo non intellegunt.
(They condemn that which they do not understand.)

A constant failing of humanity.

6. Acceptissima semper munera sunt, auctor quae pretiosa facit.
(Those gifts are always the most acceptable which our love for the donor makes precious.)

All gifts welcome.

Oderint dum metuant - Let them hate so long as they fear. - Caligula

7. Oderint dum metuant
(Let them hate so long as they fear. – Caligula)

Long before Machiavelli, Caligula knew what power was all about.

8. Imperium in imperio.
(An empire within an empire.)

When one group really separates from the others.

Audentes fortuna iuvat - Fortune favors the bold. - Virgil

9.  Audentes fortuna iuvat.
(Fortune favors the bold. – Virgil)

Repeat every time you go flirt with the hottest girl in the room.

Divitae bonum non sunt - Material wealth is not the one good. - Seneca

10.  Divitae bonum non sunt
(Material wealth is not the one good. – Seneca)

Makes you feel better for driving that rundown car, right?

Non fortuna homines aestimabo, sed moribus - I do not estimate the men for their fortune, but for their habits. - Seneca

11.  Non fortuna homines aestimabo, sed moribus
(I do not estimate the men for their fortune, but for their habits. – Seneca)

Show your quality in how you behave.

Pars magna bonitatis est velle fieri bonum - Much of goodness consists in wanting to be good. - Seneca

12. Pars magna bonitatis est velle fieri bonum
(Much of goodness consists in wanting to be good. – Seneca)

Good news for those of us trying to be good guys.

Hic manebimus optime! - here we will stay, most excellently! - Livius

13. Hic manebimus optime!
(“here we will stay, most excellently! – Livius)

When you’ve found that perfect table at the bar…

Homo sum humani a me nihil alienum puto - I am a human being, so nothing human is strange to me. - Terentius

14. Homo sum humani a me nihil alienum puto
(I am a human being, so nothing human is strange to me. – Terentius)

We all have that strangeness inside.

Animus risu novatur - The spirit is refreshed with laughter. - Cicero

15. Animus risu novatur
(The spirit is refreshed with laughter. – Cicero)

A great line at the beginning of a night with friends.

Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur - One's friends are known in the hour of need. - Ennius

16. Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur
(One’s friends are known in the hour of need. – Ennius)

Anyone who’s had an “hour of need” knows the truth of such Latin quotes.

Caeca invidia est - Envy is blind. - Livius

17. Caeca invidia est
(Envy is blind. – Livius)

It’ll sneak up on us for any reason.

Cogito ergo sum - I think, therefore I am. - Descartes

18. Cogito ergo sum
(I think, therefore I am. – Descartes)

One of the most famous Latin quotes of all time.

Aequam servare mentem - Keep the mind calm. - Horace

19. Aequam servare mentem
(Keep the mind calm. – Horace)

Your mantra before a big test or interview.

Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem - It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. - Seneca

20. Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem
(It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. – Seneca)

The YOLO of the ancient world.

Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo - My conscience is more to me than what the world says. - Cicero

21. Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo
(My conscience is more to me than what the world says. – Cicero)

Be who you are, not what people tell you to be.

Nimium ne crede colori - Trust not too much to looks. - Virgil

22. Nimium ne crede colori
(Trust not too much to looks. – Virgil)

Wise counsel against being too superficial.

Odi et amo - I love and hate - Catullus

23. Tempus fugit
(Time flies. – Virgil)

And you don’t even have to be having fun.

Timendi causa est nescire - Ignorance is the cause of fear. - Seneca

24. Timendi causa est nescire
(Ignorance is the cause of fear. – Seneca)

Next time someone calls you a nerd, use this to put them in their place.

Tot homines, quot sententiae - So many men, so many opinions. - Terence

25. Tot homines, quot sententiae
(So many men, so many opinions. – Terence)

Particularly when discussing sports or the Game of Thrones finale.

Copia ciborum, subtilitas impeditur - The abundance of food hampers intelligence. - Seneca

26. Copia ciborum, subtilitas impeditur
(The abundance of food hampers intelligence. – Seneca)

Said by a man who obviously knew the temptations of a buffet.

Veritas numquam perit - Truth never dies. - Seneca

27. Veritas numquam perit
(Truth never dies. – Seneca)

…So pursue truth.

Nemo malus felix - No evil is happy. - Juvenalis

28. Nemo malus felix
(No evil is happy. – Juvenalis)

Tell that to those who wrong you.

Veni, vidi, vici - I came, I saw, I conquered. - Caesar

29. Veni, vidi, vici
(I came, I saw, I conquered. – Caesar)

The greatest cry of victory in history.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - It is sweet and fitting to die for your country. - Horace

30. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
(It is sweet and fitting to die for your country. – Horace)

Words of comfort for those who put their lives on the line for us.

Ignis aurum proat, miseria fortes viros - Fire provides proof of gold; misery, proof of strong men. - Ovid

31. Ignis aurum proat, miseria fortes viros
(Fire provides proof of gold; misery, proof of strong men. – Ovid)

We all go through it, but can you withstand it?

Labor omnia vincit - Hard work conquers all. - Virgil

32. Labor omnia vincit
(Hard work conquers all. – Virgil)

At least, that’s what your parents have always told you.

Qui totum vult totum perdit - He who wants everything loses everything -- attributed to Seneca

33. Qui totum vult totum perdit
(He who wants everything loses everything — attributed to Seneca)

The power of making choices about what you want in life.

Vive memor leti - Live remembering death. - Flaccus

34. Vive memor leti
(Live remembering death. – Flaccus)

Morbid, but the key to a life well lived.

Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu - It is how well you live that matters, not how long. - Seneca

35. Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu
(It is how well you live that matters, not how long. – Seneca)

Another of our YOLO Latin quotes out of the classical age.

Noli foras ire, in teipsum reddi; in interiore homine habitat veritas - Don't lose yourself, return to you, inside of you lives the truth. - Augustine

36. Noli foras ire, in teipsum reddi; in interiore homine habitat veritas
(Don’t lose yourself, return to you, inside of you lives the truth. – Augustine)

Words of strength for those who struggle to be themselves.

Si vis amari, ama - If you wish to be loved, love. - Augustine

37.  Si vis amari, ama
(If you wish to be loved, love. – Augustine)

Great advice for those afraid to put themselves out there.

Vestis virum reddit - The clothes make the man. - Quintilia

38. Vestis virum reddit
(The clothes make the man. – Quintilia)

…So dress well.

Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur - We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. - Syrus

39. Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur
(We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. – Syrus)

The ultimate, sad truth of millions of breakups.

Cui amat periculum in illo peribit - Whoever loves danger will perish by it. - Vulgate-Ecclesiastiscus or Sirach III

40. Cui amat periculum in illo peribit
(Whoever loves danger will perish by it. – Vulgate-Ecclesiastiscus or Sirach III)

Put that on your dashboard so you don’t speed.

Odi et amo - I love and hate - Catullus

41. Odi et amo
(I love and hate – Catullus)

Don’t we all, Catullus?

Serva me servabo te - Save me and I'll save you. - Petronius

42. Serva me servabo te
(Save me and I’ll save you. – Petronius)

The power of extending favors to others.

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam - I will find the way, or I will make one. - Anibal

43. Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
(I will find the way, or I will make one. – Anibal)

Repeat that any time someone says you can’t do something.

Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit - No mortal is wise at all times. - Pliny

44. Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit
(No mortal is wise at all times. – Pliny)

A reminder of the limits of your wisdom.

Fortis est non pertubaris in rebus asperis - The strong do not falter in adversity. - Cicero

45. Fortis est non pertubaris in rebus asperis
(The strong do not falter in adversity. – Cicero)

Show strength by keeping to the right path.

Omne quod movetur ab alio movetur - Everything that moves is moved by something else. - Aquinas

46. Omne quod movetur ab alio movetur
(Everything that moves is moved by something else. – Aquinas)

None of us are independent of our society and everyone in it.

Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore - I hope that memory of our friendship will be everlasting. - Cicero

47. Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore
(I hope that memory of our friendship will be everlasting. – Cicero)

What a line to deliver to a close friend!

Multi famam, conscientiam, pauci verentur - Many fear their reputation, few their conscience. - Pliny

48. Multi famam, conscientiam, pauci verentur
(Many fear their reputation, few their conscience. – Pliny)

Too many worry about what others think first.

Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis. - It is best to endure what you cannot change. - Seneca

49. Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis.
(It is best to endure what you cannot change. – Seneca)

Words to get through those tough times that none of us can avoid.

Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus - The load is lite, if you know how to support it. - Ovid

50. Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus
(The load is lite, if you know how to support it. – Ovid)

Life only seems tough because you’ve got the wrong perspective.

Divide et impera - Divide and conquered. - Caesar

51. Divide et impera
(Divide and conquered. – Caesar)

Advice for when life feels too full of big problems.

Fata volentem ducunt, nolentem trahunt - Fate leads the willing, and drags the unwilling. - Seneca

52. Fata volentem ducunt, nolentem trahunt
(Fate leads the willing, and drags the unwilling. – Seneca)

You’re going there anyway, so enjoy the ride!

Consuetudinis magna vis est - Old habits die hard. - Cicero

53. Consuetudinis magna vis est
(Old habits die hard. – Cicero)

…So be careful what habits you make.

Fere libenter homines, id quod volunt, credunt. - People almost always willingly believe what you want. - Caesar

54. Fere libenter homines, id quod volunt, credunt.
(People almost always willingly believe what you want. – Caesar)

The power of persuasion.

Imperare sibi maximum imperium est - To rule yourself is the ultimate power. - Seneca

55. Imperare sibi maximum imperium est
(To rule yourself is the ultimate power. – Seneca)

Tape that on every willpower-defying sweet in the house.

Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim - Be patient and tough, this pain will serve you one day. - Ovid

56. Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim
(Be patient and tough, this pain will serve you one day. – Ovid)

Broken-hearted, unemployed, or struggling, remember that it’s making you tougher.

Omnis ars naturae imitatio est - All art is but an imitation of nature. - Seneca

57. Omnis ars naturae imitatio est
(All art is but an imitation of nature. – Seneca)

A necessary reminder when we get too invested in our favorite shows.

Exigo a me non ut optimis par sim sed ut malis melior - I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better than the bad. - Seneca

58. Exigo a me non ut optimis par sim sed ut malis melior
(I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better than the bad. – Seneca)

Set the right standards so you can meet them.

Mens sana in corpore sano - A sound mind in a sound body. - Juvenal

59. Mens sana in corpore sano
(A sound mind in a sound body. – Juvenal)

The ideal we should all aspire to.

Ab alio expectes alteri quod feceris - Expect to receive such treatment as you have given. - Syrus

60. Ab alio expectes alteri quod feceris
(Expect to receive such treatment as you have given. – Syrus)

The Golden Rule in another form.

Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem - In adversity, remember to keep an even mind. - Horace

61.  Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem
(In adversity, remember to keep an even mind. – Horace)

Latin quotes love a man who keeps his head.

Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet - He who feared that he would not succeed sat still. - Horace

62. Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet
(He who feared that he would not succeed sat still. – Horace)

Get out there and try. It’s the only way you’ll ever succeed.

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit - Perhaps, one day, remembering even these things will bring pleasure. - Virgil

63. Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit
(Perhaps, one day, remembering even these things will bring pleasure. – Virgil)

Consolation in the hard times.

Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim - Be strong and endure, someday this pain will be useful to you. - Ovid

64. Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim
(Be strong and endure, someday this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid)

Live through it, and you’ll be stronger.

Dulce bellum inexpertis - War is sweet to the inexperienced. - Erasmus

65. Dulce bellum inexpertis
(War is sweet to the inexperienced. – Erasmus)

Putting those calling for wars in their place.

Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis - It is much more important what you think of yourself, than what others think of you. - Seneca

66. Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis
(It is much more important what you think of yourself, than what others think of you. – Seneca)

Powerful advice for your self-esteem from two millennia ago.

Oportet esse ut vivas, non vivere ut edas - Should eat to live, not live to eat. - Cicero

67. Oportet esse ut vivas, non vivere ut edas
(Should eat to live, not live to eat. – Cicero)

So put down that extra piece of pizza.

Nunc est bibendum - Now we drink. - Horace

68. Nunc est bibendum
(Now we drink. – Horace)

To be shouted out as you enter the bar.

Sapere aude - Dare to be wise - Horace

69. Sapere aude
(Dare to be wise – Horace)

Nerd motivation.

Vitiis nemo sine nascitur - No one is born without faults. - Horace

70. Vitiis nemo sine nascitur
(No one is born without faults. – Horace)

…including you.

Nescit vox miss reverti - The words can not return. - Horace

71. Nescit vox miss reverti
(The words can not return. – Horace)

What you say when you can’t unsend an email.

Aegroto dum anima est, spes esse dicitur - As long as there is life there is hope for the ill one, it is said. - Cicero

72. Aegroto dum anima est, spes esse dicitur
(As long as there is life there is hope for the ill one, it is said. – Cicero)

Anyone who has known a sick loved one, knows this.

Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit - Often it is not even advantageous to know what will be - Cicero

73. Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit
(Often it is not even advantageous to know what will be – Cicero)

So stop trying to guess the future and live now.

Ubi concordia, ibi victoria - Where there is unity, there is the victory. - Syrus

74. Ubi concordia, ibi victoria
(Where there is unity, there is the victory. – Syrus)

Stick together when it gets tough.

Fallaces sunt rerum species - The appearances of things are deceptive. - Seneca

75. Fallaces sunt rerum species
(The appearances of things are deceptive. – Seneca)

Don’t trust that everything is always as it seems.

Et tu, Brute? - And you, Brutus?

76. Et tu, Brute?
(And you, Brutus?” last words of Caesar after being murdered by his friend; used today to convey utter betrayal)

Still the most popular of Latin quotes about betrayal.

Quam se ipse amans, sine rivale - By loving yourself, with no rival. - Cicero

77. Quam se ipse amans, sine rivale
(By loving yourself, with no rival. – Cicero)

Your greatest strength is your self-belief.

Ferae pericula quae vident fugiunt - The beasts flee the dangers they see. - Seneca

78. Ferae pericula quae vident fugiunt
(The beasts flee the dangers they see. – Seneca)

Be at least as smart as the beasts.

Vae victis - Woe to the conquered. - Brennus

79. Vae victis
(Woe to the conquered. – Brennus)

Said before a major dodge ball game.

Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est - Man's life is lent, not given - Syrus

80. Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est
(Man’s life is lent, not given – Syrus)

None of us are entitled to another day, so use your time well.

61 Latin Quotes about Wisdom and Knowledge

Want to show off your education? Or just want some inspiration to learn more? These Latin quotes know what life is all about: gaining wisdom and knowing how to use it.

Here are 61 Latin quotes about wisdom and knowledge:

Vasa vana plurimum sonant - Empty pots make the most noise.

81. Vasa vana plurimum sonant
(Empty pots make the most noise.)

An epic putdown of fools in any era.

Historia magistra vitae et testis temporum - History is the teacher and witness of times

82. Historia magistra vitae et testis temporum
(History is the teacher and witness of times)

A reminder to crack a history book sometimes.

83. Exitus Acta Probat.
(The result justifies the deed.)

Ends justify the means.

84. Ad astra per aspera.
(Through adversity to the stars)

Stay tough and reach your dreams.

scientia ipsa potentia est - Knowledge itself is power

85. scientia ipsa potentia est
(Knowledge itself is power)

So learn for its own sake.

86. Faber est suae quisque fortunae.
(Every man is the artisan of his own fortune.)

…So craft the life you want to live.

87. Non ducor duco.
(I am not led; I lead.)

Forge your own path forward.

pecunia, si uti scis, ancilla est; si nescis, domina - If you know how to use money, money is your slave; if you don't, money is your master

88. pecunia, si uti scis, ancilla est; si nescis, domina
(If you know how to use money, money is your slave; if you don’t, money is your master)

Put that in your wallet, so you think about all those impulse purchases before you make them.

89. In absentia lucis, Tenebrae vincunt.
(In the absence of light, darkness prevails.)

So, be the light.

90. Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem.
(As long as we are among humans, let us be humane.)

There is always reason to be kind.

Disce quasi semper victurus vive quasi cras moriturus - Learn as if you're always going to live; live as if tomorrow you're going to die

91. Disce quasi semper victurus vive quasi cras moriturus
(Learn as if you’re always going to live; live as if tomorrow you’re going to die)

So study…and go out and party!

92. Ad turpia virum bonum nulla spes invitat.
(No expectation can allure a good man to the commission of evil.)

Good men stay clear of evil, always.

93. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixture dementia fuit.
(There has been no great wisdom without an element of madness.)

So let your freak flag fly! You’re a genius!

Ut avertam oculos meos ad intendum - I close my eyes in order to see

94. Ut avertam oculos meos ad intendum
(I close my eyes in order to see)

Real truth comes from a place deeper than basic observation.

Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur - That man is wise who talks little

95. Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur
(That man is wise who talks little)

Better to be quiet and thoughtful than loud and foolish.

96. Respice, adspice, prospice
(Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future)

There’s wisdom in all three directions.

97. Qui tacet consentire
(Who is silent gives consent)

So speak up if you don’t like something!

98. Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes
(Flatterers are the worst type of enemies)

Suspicions of lavish compliments can be wise.

99. Parva leves capiunt animas
(Small things occupy light minds)

Tell that to those who are always crying over spilt milk.

Mendacem memorem esse oportet - It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory

100. Mendacem memorem esse oportet
(It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory)

Shout that when someone brings up some event from way in the past.

Vox et praeterea nihil - A voice and nothing more.

101. Vox et praeterea nihil
(A voice and nothing more.)

Say it to those who are always talking and talking badly about others.

Scientia ac labore - Knowledge through hard work

102. Scientia ac labore
(Knowledge through hard work)

You worked hard to get this nerdy!

Vino vendibili hedera non opus est - A popular wine needs no ivy.

103. Vino vendibili hedera non opus est
(A popular wine needs no ivy.)

If you’ve got what people want, you don’t have to dress it up.

Veritas liberabit - The truth will make you free.

104. Veritas liberabit
(The truth will make you free.)

Try this out next time someone you now is lying to you.

Verba volant, scripta manent - Spoken words fly away, written words remain.

105. Verba volant, scripta manent
(Spoken words fly away, written words remain.)

It should be written above every English teacher’s chalk board.

Barba tenus sapientes - is literally said to be wise as far as his beard

106. Barba tenus sapientes
(is literally said to be “wise as far as his beard”)

Sure, he looks clever, but it’s really all in the beard.

Barba non facit philosophum - a beard does not make a philosopher

107. Barba non facit philosophum
(“a beard does not make a philosopher,”)

Maybe spend more time reading books than grooming the ‘stache.

Barba crescit caput nescit - meaning

108. Barba crescit caput nescit
(meaning “the beard grows, but the head doesn’t grow wiser.)

Latin quotes clearly have issues with fools with beards.

Corvus oculum corvi non eruit - meaning

109. Corvus oculum corvi non eruit
(meaning “a crow will not pull out the eye of another crow.)

When they’re like, they don’t fight.

Experientia docet - Experience teaches.

110. Experientia docet
(Experience teaches.)

It isn’t always pleasant, but we learn from the tough stuff.

Felicitas multos habet amicos - Prosperity has many friends.

111. Felicitas multos habet amicos
(Prosperity has many friends.)

Amazing how many people love you when you’ve got a bit of cash.

Nobilitat stultum vestis honesta virum - Good clothes make a stupid man look noble.

112. Nobilitat stultum vestis honesta virum
(Good clothes make a stupid man look noble.)

The power of a good shirt.

Quanti est sapere - How desirable is wisdom or knowledge.

113. Quanti est sapere
(How desirable is wisdom or knowledge.)

A rare sentiment these days, but one very much worthy of repeating.

Saepe malum petitur, saepe bonum fugitur - Evil is often sought, good is often shunned.

114. Saepe malum petitur, saepe bonum fugitur
(Evil is often sought, good is often shunned.)

The sad state of humanity.

Salva veritate - With truth preserved.

115. Salva veritate
(With truth preserved.)

Words to cling to when you’re right and no one believes you.

Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probat - A wise man states as true nothing he does not prove - do not swear to anything you do not know firsthand

116. Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probat
(A wise man states as true nothing he does not prove – do not swear to anything you do not know firsthand).

Great advice to stay quiet when you don’t know the answer.

Odi et amo - I love and hate - Catullus

117. Suum cuique
(To each his own.)

You already know the expression, now look clever using it in Latin.

Odi et amo - I love and hate - Catullus

118. Sumus quod sumus
(We are what we are)

Said by the Roman Popeye.

Actio personalis moritur cum persona - Dead men do not sue.

119. Actio personalis moritur cum persona
(Dead men do not sue.)

Probably the slogan of the Roman mafia.

Doscendo discimus - By teaching, we learn

120. Doscendo discimus
(By teaching, we learn)

Tell that to a teacher you love.

Memores acti prudentes futuri - Mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be

121. Memores acti prudentes futuri
(Mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be)

Always live in the past, present, and future.

Aut tace aut loquere meliora silentio - Be quiet or say something better than silence

122. Aut tace aut loquere meliora silentio
(Be quiet or say something better than silence)

Don’t just talk to hear your voice.

Omnes volumnus plus. Et plus, et plus et plurimus - We all want more. And more, and more and much more.

123. Omnes volumnus plus. Et plus, et plus et plurimus
(We all want more. And more, and more and much more.)

Muttered on the way to our fifth plate at the buffet.

Posside sapientiam, quia auro melior est - Possessing wisdom is better than owning gold

124. Posside sapientiam, quia auro melior est
(Possessing wisdom is better than owning gold)

For all the poor book-lovers out there.

An dives sit omnes quærunt, nemo an bonus - Every one inquires if he is rich; no one asks if he is good.

125. An dives sit omnes quærunt, nemo an bonus
(Every one inquires if he is rich; no one asks if he is good.)

A reminder how often we think of our pocket books instead of our souls.

A solis ortu usque ad occasum - From where the sun rises to where it sets.

126. A solis ortu usque ad occasum
(From where the sun rises to where it sets.)

A mic drop response to “Did you have a long day?”

Difficilius est sarcire concordiam quam rumpere - It is more difficult to restore harmony than sow dissension.

127. Difficilius est sarcire concordiam quam rumpere
(It is more difficult to restore harmony than sow dissension.)

It’s easier to break it than to fix it.

Etiam sanato vulnere cicatrix manet - Though the wound is healed, a scar remains.

128. Etiam sanato vulnere cicatrix manet
(Though the wound is healed, a scar remains.)

When we hurt people, it never wholly goes away.

Errare humanum est - It is human to err.

129. Errare humanum est
(It is human to err.)

None of us are perfect.

Laudari a viro laudato maxima est laus - To be commended by a man of high repute is the greatest possible praise.

130. Laudari a viro laudato maxima est laus
(To be commended by a man of high repute is the greatest possible praise.)

It’s why we’re so eager for our heroes to like us.

Et ipsa scientia potestas est - And knowledge itself, is power

131. Et ipsa scientia potestas est
(And knowledge itself, is power)

It’s still the secret to rising in the world.

Non qui parum habet, sed qui plus cupit, pauper est - It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

132. Non qui parum habet, sed qui plus cupit, pauper est
(It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.)

Having a lot can be it’s own curse.

Malum sed mulliere, sed necessarium malum - Women are evil, a necessary evil

133. Malum sed mulliere, sed necessarium malum
(Women are evil, a necessary evil)

Spoken by ancient men complaining of girlfriends.

Multa hospicia, nullas amicitias - Many acquaintances, no friends

134. Multa hospicia, nullas amicitias
(Many acquaintances, no friends)

A sign of a lonely life.

Hominibus plenum, amicis vacuum - Crowded with men, yet bare of friends.

135. Hominibus plenum, amicis vacuum
(Crowded with men, yet bare of friends.)

Likely an unfriendly place to be.

Desideratum - A thing desired, but regretfully wanting

136. Desideratum
(A thing desired, but regretfully wanting)

What you call that game you are saving up to buy.

Bellum se ipsum alet - War feeds itself.

137. Bellum se ipsum alet
(War feeds itself.)

Which is why it is always happening.

Eram quod es, eris quod sum - I was what you are, you will be what I am - engraved in gravestones

138. Eram quod es, eris quod sum
(I was what you are, you will be what I am – engraved in gravestones)

A powerful reminder of our mortality.

Factis ut credam facis - No need of words, trust deeds.

139. Factis ut credam facis
(No need of words, trust deeds.)

Don’t believe promises, believe people who deliver.

De hoc multi multa, omnes aliquid, nemo satis - Of this many have said many things, all something, no one enough.

140. De hoc multi multa, omnes aliquid, nemo satis
(Of this many have said many things, all something, no one enough.)

About those important issues people don’t focus enough on.

Qualis pater, talis filius - As is the father, so is the son

141. Qualis pater, talis filius
(As is the father, so is the son;)

A reminder for all the new fathers out there.

37 Latin Quotes About Overcoming Adversity

When things got tough, the Romans got tougher. These Latin quotes really distill that strength and resilience into a few words, so you can channel those qualities yourself.

Here are 37 Latin quotes about overcoming adversity:

Viris fortibus non opus est moenibus - To brave men, walls are unnecessary.

142. Viris fortibus non opus est moenibus
(To brave men, walls are unnecessary.)

..because you’ll break them down.

143. Accensa domo proximi, tua quoque periclitatur.
(When the house of your neighbour is in flames, your own is in danger.)

We’re all in this together.

144. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.
(Art is long, life is short.)

So dedicate time to making your immortal art.

Dulcius ex asperis - sweeter after difficulties

145. Dulcius ex asperis
(sweeter after difficulties)

For the nice guys who have been through a lot.

146. Omnes Una Manet Nox.
(One night awaits everyone.)

We all head the same direction in the end.

147. Nil Desperandum.
(Never despair!)

…Even in the tough times.

Virtus incendit vires - Manhood rouses one's strength.

148. Virtus incendit vires
(Manhood rouses one’s strength.)

For anyone depressed on their 18th birthday.

149. Non Omnia Possumus Omnes.
(We can’t all of us do everything.)

Wise words about marking tough choices about what we want to do.

150. Permitte Divis Cetera.
(Leave all else to the gods.)

Advice to stop worrying so much about what you can’t control.

Malum quo communius eo peius - The more common an evil is, the worse it is.

151. Malum quo communius eo peius
(The more common an evil is, the worse it is.)

…and we’re all guilty of a few of those evils.

Per angusta ad augusta - Through difficulties to honors

152. Per angusta ad augusta
(Through difficulties to honors)

Words to inspire getting over setbacks.

Igne natura renovatur integra - Through fire, nature is reborn whole.

153. Igne natura renovatur integra
(Through fire, nature is reborn whole.)

Sometimes, it’s all got to burn away.

Damnant quod non intelligunt - They condemn what they do not understand.

154. Damnant quod non intelligunt
(They condemn what they do not understand.)

It’s why you used to get teased.

Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum - To err is human, to persist in it, is diabolial.

155. Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum
(To err is human, to persist in it, is diabolial.)

Time to learn from your mistakes.

Nunquam non paratus - Never unprepared; always ready.

156. Nunquam non paratus
(Never unprepared; always ready.)

As we all should be.

Odi et amo - I love and hate - Catullus

157. Sine labore non erit panis in ore
(Without work there will not be any bread in your mouth.)

Latin quotes have no time for lazy people.

Nihil obstat - Nothing stands in the way

158. Nihil obstat
(Nothing stands in the way)

Not if you’re really determined to get somewhere.

Non progredi est regredi - To not go forward is to go backward

159. Non progredi est regredi
(To not go forward is to go backward)

Never feel like you’ve come “far enough.”

Non sum qualis eram - I am not such as I was;

160. Non sum qualis eram
(I am not such as I was; “I am not the kind of person I once was”)

Signs of growth from experience.

Fluctuat nec mergitur - It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink

161. Fluctuat nec mergitur
(It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink)

A tough ship, or a tough man.

Aut vincere aut mori - Either to conquer or die.

162. Aut vincere aut mori
(Either to conquer or die.)

For moments when there can be no compromise.

Disce aut discede - Learn or leave.

163. Disce aut discede
(Learn or leave.)

The lesson of life.

Disce pati - Learn to endure.

164. Disce pati
(Learn to endure.)

A lesson best learned early.

Sunt facta verbis difficiliora - Works are harder than words

165. Sunt facta verbis difficiliora
(Works are harder than words)

For those who are always failing to deliver on their promises.

Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus - We are slaves of the laws in order that we may be free.

166. Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus
(We are slaves of the laws in order that we may be free.)

Throw this out there next time someone asks why we even need laws.

Per me quod eritque fuitque estque patet. - That which is and was and will be lies open through me.

167. Per me quod eritque fuitque estque patet.
(That which is and was and will be lies open through me.)

We are the only conduits of time.

Volo, non valeo - I am willing but unable.

168. Volo, non valeo
(I am willing but unable.)

Your answer when asked to a party you can’t attend.

Semper ad meliora - Always towards better things

169. Semper ad meliora
(Always towards better things)

Your true north direction in life.

Audax at fidelis - bold but faithful

170. Audax at fidelis
(bold but faithful)

How you want your friends to see you.

Luctor et emergo - I struggle and emerge

171. Luctor et emergo
(I struggle and emerge)

…no matter what you throw at me.

Perveniet ad altitudinem - Reach for the heights

172. Perveniet ad altitudinem
(Reach for the heights)

No point in settling for less.

Hoc est bellum - This is war

173. Hoc est bellum
(This is war)

Use that after someone insults you.

Invictus maneo - I will die unvanquished

174. Invictus maneo
(I will die unvanquished)

A great gamer quote.

Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum - So I can’t live either without you or with you.

175. Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum
(So I can’t live either without you or with you.)

Latin quotes know how breakups work.

Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno - One for all, all for one.

176. Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno
(One for all, all for one.)

A classic line, now new (in an old language).

Mors ultima linea rerum est - Death is the ultimate limit.

177. Mors ultima linea rerum est
(Death is the ultimate limit.)

And the only one we should recognize.

Hodie mihi, cras tibi - It is my lot today, yours tomorrow

178. Hodie mihi, cras tibi
(It is my lot today, yours tomorrow)

For those who think they are immune to tough times.

81 Latin Quotes that can be used in Everyday Conversation

You don’t always have to come off as pretentious when you use Latin quotes. Plenty of Latin phrases like these 64 quotes can be thrown into your conversation completely naturally.

Here are 81 Latin Phrases that can be used in everyday conversation:

Semper Fidelis - Always faithful

179. Semper Fidelis
(Always faithful)

Whisper that to your girlfriend.

180. Semper Idem.
(Always the same.)

Say it with a yawn at the start of a boring class.

181. Et in Arcadia ego.
(Even in Arcadia, here I am.)

Words to send off loved ones.

Alis Propriis Volat - She flies with her own wings

182. Alis Propriis Volat
(She flies with her own wings)

How you describe the independent women you admire.

183. In umbra, igitur, pugnabimus.
(Then we will fight in the shade.)

A line even cooler in Latin.

184. Vir prudens non contra ventum mingit.
(A wise man does not pee against the wind.)

Somehow crass, poetic, and true.

In vino veritas - There is truth in wine

185. In vino veritas
(There is truth in wine)

Adoring bar walls for thousands of years.

186. Faber est quisque fortunae suae.
(Each man is the maker of his own fortune.)

It’s in your hands, man.

187. Male Parta Male Dilabuntur.
(What has been wrongly gained is wrongly lost.)

When someone steals your stuff.

Utile dulci - The useful with the agreeable

189. Utile dulci
(The useful with the agreeable)

The ideal type of friend.

190. Acta est Fabula, Plaudite!
(The play is over, applaud!)

Throw that out at an audience that forgets to respond.

191. Quis, Quid, Ubi, Quibus Auxiliis, Cur, Quomodo, Quando?
(Who, what, where, with what, why, how, when?)

For those who forget all the details to their stories.

Caveat Emptor - Let the buyer beware

192. Caveat Emptor
(Let the buyer beware)

Latin quotes prove Romans knew all about scammy products.

193. Factum fieri infectum non potest.
(It is impossible for a deed to be undone.)

When you’re asked if you’ll complete the project.

194. Lupus non timet canem latrantem.
(A wolf is not afraid of a barking dog.)

How you respond to those trying to intimidate you.

Ceteris paribus - All other things being equal.

195. Ceteris paribus
(All other things being equal.)

Just add that into your debate script somewhere.

196. Amore et melle et felle es fecundissimus.
(Love is rich with honey and venom.)

Love’s dual nature in one line.

197. Quid infantes sumus.
(What are we, babies?)

A classic taunt, now in Latin!

Sine qua non - An absolutely necessary component or ingredient.

198. Sine qua non
(An absolutely necessary component or ingredient.)

The friend who glues the group together.

199. Fiat Lux.
(Let there be light.)

In Latin, a fancy way to turn on the lights.

200. Vade Retro Me, Satana.
(Get off my back, Satan.)

So much cooler in Latin.

Carpe vinum - Seize the wine

201. Carpe vinum
(Seize the wine)

The correct response to carpe diem.

202. Hannibal ad portas.
(Hannibal is at the gates.)

When stuff really hits the fan.

203. Dulce periculum.
(Danger is sweet.)

Looks sweet scrawled across your motorcycle.

Mea culpa - My apology; my error

204. Mea culpa
(My apology; my error)

The classy way to apologize.

Ad infinitum - On toward infinity.

205. Ad infinitum
(On toward infinity.)

From Rome’s Buzz Lightyear.

Eo Ipso - By this act (or fact).

206. Eo Ipso
(By this act (or fact).)

Throwing down the fancy language gauntlet when debating.

In Camera - In secret.

207. In Camera
(In secret.)

That’s right, “camera” meant “secret. Boy we mixed that up.

Ne Plus Ultra - Nothing more beyond

208. Ne Plus Ultra
(Nothing more beyond)

Response to “do you have anything else to say?”

Potest Solum Unum - There can be only one.

209. Potest Solum Unum
(There can be only one.)

How you argue over the last free ticket available.

Brutum fulmen - an empty threat

210. Brutum fulmen
(an empty threat)

Mumble that the next time someone threatens you to act tough.

Sub Rosa - Under the rose. Means

211. Sub Rosa
(Under the rose. Means “private or secret”.)

Invite a girl for a meeting “sub rosa.”

Nullus agenti dies longus est - No day is long for the busy

212. Nullus agenti dies longus est
(No day is long for the busy)

Stay busy and avoid boredom.

Cui bono? - who benefits?

213. Cui bono?
(who benefits?)

Asked when looking for motive in ancient crimes.

Vox nihili - The voice of nothing

214. Vox nihili
(The voice of nothing)

A dismissal fo fools for the ages.

Ad finem - To the end; at or near the end.

215. Ad finem
(To the end; at or near the end.)

Answer to, “how long will you be binging this show?”

Amor nummi - Love of money.

216. Amor nummi
(Love of money.) phrase

Call someone greedy in a way they won’t understand.

Arcanum arcanorum - Secret of secrets.

217. Arcanum arcanorum
(Secret of secrets.)

For those secrets you really don’t want shared.

Ars amandi - The art of loving.

218. Ars amandi
(The art of loving.)

The subject you’ll study your whole life.

Deo volente - God willing.

219. Deo volente
(God willing.)

Repackage a cliched phrase in new language.

Die dulci fruere - Have a nice day.

220. Die dulci fruere
(Have a nice day.)

Test that out when leaving work next time.

Dixi - I have spoken.

221. Dixi
(I have spoken.)

End conversations like a Roman emperor.

Et nunc et semper - Now and forever.

222. Et nunc et semper
(Now and forever)

The only kind of promise that matters.

Hic jacet. - Here lies.

223. Hic jacet.
(Here lies.)

Posted above your bed.

Lege atque lacrima - Read 'em and weep.

224. Lege atque lacrima
(Read ’em and weep.)

Bet you didn’t know that line was so old.

Magister mundi sum! - I am the master of the universe!

225. Magister mundi sum!
(I am the master of the universe!)

Another masterful taunt from the ancient world.

Non plus ultra! - Nothing above that!

226. Non plus ultra!
(Nothing above that!)

Written on the edges of the world by Hercules.

Novus homo - A new man

227. Novus homo
(A new man)

Show the changed man you’ve become in the old way.

Felix culpa - happy mistake

228. Felix culpa
(happy mistake)

A far cooler way to use that phrase than the English.

Simul et dictum et factum - At the same time both said and done.

229. Simul et dictum et factum
(At the same time both said and done.)

Proving you’re a man of deeds to others.

Sine die - Unknown period of time.

230. Sine die
(Unknown period of time.)

Your answer when your parents want to know when the chores will be done.

Pro bono (publico) - For the public good

231. Pro bono (publico)
(For the public good)

Still a popular legal term today.

Tabula rasa - Blank  slate

232.  Tabula rasa
(Blank  slate)

The Romans knew how to let people start over too.

sic et non - Yes and no

233. sic et non
(Yes and no)

Latin quotes for the non-committal.

Ab imo pectore - From the bottom of the chest - from the bottom of the heart

234. Ab imo pectore
(From the bottom of the chest – from the bottom of the heart).

Showing earnestness in the old tongue.

Ab intra - From within.

235. Ab intra –
(From within.)

Where all our truth is found.

Totum dependeat - Let it all hang out.

236. Totum dependeat
(Let it all hang out.)

An invitation to complete honesty.

Fac ut vivas - Get a life.

237. Fac ut vivas
(Get a life.)

Tell people off without them ever knowing.

Ad honorem - For honor

238. Ad honorem
(For honor)

An old fashioned idea in an old fashioned language.

Amor patriae - Love of one's country : patriotism

239. Amor patriae
(Love of one’s country : patriotism)

Romans were some of the most patriotic people in history.

Dictum factum - What is said is done

240. Dictum factum
(What is said is done)

…So mind your words.

Ex animo - From the heart --

241. Ex animo
(From the heart — “sincerely”)

Sign off your letters with that.

Semper fortis - Always brave

242. Semper fortis
(Always brave)

Your new dog’s name.

Viriliter agite - Act in a manly way

243. Viriliter agite
(Act in a manly way)

Say that before you leave the house every day.

In esse - In existence

244. In esse
(In existence)

Your answer to “where’s so-and-so?”

Aut bibat, aut abeat - Either drink or go.

245. Aut bibat, aut abeat
(Either drink or go.)

For those who try to end the party early.

Ex abrupto - Without preparation.

246. Ex abrupto
(Without preparation.)

How you tend to show up for tests.

Infra dignitatem - Beneath one's dignity.

247. Infra dignitatem
(Beneath one’s dignity.)

Another thing to say when your parents ask you to do chores.

Indictum sit - Be it unsaid.

248. Indictum sit
(Be it unsaid.)

When it’s better to just drop the conversation.

Non sequiter - It does not follow

249. Non sequiter
(It does not follow)

And why don’t we ride zebras like horses?

E pluribus, unum - Out of many, one

250. E pluribus, unum
(Out of many, one)

It’s on the back of U.S. currency.

Ultima ratio - The last resort

251. Ultima ratio
(The last resort)

When all other options are exhausted.

Citius, altius, fortius - Faster, higher, stronger

252. Citius, altius, fortius
(Faster, higher, stronger)

Spoken by Rome’s Kanye West.

Vive hodie - Live today.

253. Vive hodie
(Live today.)

Advice for every day, from then to now.

Volventibus annis - As time goes by.

254. Volventibus annis
(As time goes by.)

Or, “as the years roll on.”

Amare et honorare - Love and honor

255. Amare et honorare
(Love and honor)

Two key markers in your life.

Ad astra - To the stars

256. Ad astra
(To the stars)

A great title for your sci-fi book.

Nunc aut numquam - Now or never

257. Nunc aut numquam
(Now or never)

One of the Latin quotes building courage for centuries.

Bono malum superate - Overcome evil with good

258. Bono malum superate
(Overcome evil with good)

Wise advice when we’ve been wronged.

Cuiusvis temporis homo - A man of all times

259. Cuiusvis temporis homo
(A man of all times)

Your new nickname.

40 Latin Words

You don’t always have to drop a massive, epic quote to throw a little Latin into your conversation. If nothing else, just take these 40 key Latin words and let those speak for you.

Amor - Love

260. Amor
(Love)

What it’s all about.

Fortis - Strength

261. Fortis
(Strength)

Of mind or body.

Virtus - Power

262. Virtus
(Power)

The great corruptor.

Bellator - Warrior

263. Bellator
(Warrior)

The noble profession from ancient times.

Vita - Life

264. Vita
(Life)

Your most precious resource.

Sapiencia - Wisdom

265. Sapiencia
(Wisdom)

The most desired quality in the ancient world.

Libertas - Freedom

266. Libertas
(Freedom)

What we all desire.

33 Latin Quotes about Leadership

If there’s one subject Romans knew about, it was leadership. These Latin quotes teach us how to be leaders and what it means to lead ourselves and others.

Here are 33 Latin quotes about leadership:

Virtute et armis - By virtue and arms  or by manhood and weapons

267. Virtute et armis
(By virtue and arms  or “by manhood and weapons”)

Virtue first, but there’s always the tools of last resort.

268. Creo quia absurdum est.
(I believe because it is absurd.)

The foundation of faith.

269. Vitam Impendere Vero.
(Dedicate your life to truth.)

There’s no higher calling.

Aquila non capit muscas.- An eagle does not catch [does not bother with] flies.

270. Aquila non capit muscas.
(An eagle does not catch [does not bother with] flies.)

As easy way to dismiss pesky criticism or complaints.

271. Panem et circenses.
(Bread and circuses.)

Ancient words about bad leadership.

272. Caesar non supra grammaticos.
(The Emperor is not above the grammarians.)

Which is why we get to laugh when a leader looks foolish.

Viriliter agite estote fortes - Quit ye like men, be strong

273. Viriliter agite estote fortes
(Quit ye like men, be strong)

For those moments you’re struggling with your courage.

274. Docendo disco, scribendo cogito.
(I learn by teaching, think by writing.)

So engage in both activities.

275. Corruptissima republica plurimae leges.
(The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.)

A case for a few, simple rules.

Sustinere est difficilius quam aggredi - To endure is harder to attack

276. Sustinere est difficilius quam aggredi
(To endure is harder to attack)

So attack!

278. Omnium Rerum Principia Parva Sunt.
(The beginnings of all things are small.)

So don’t feel bad starting small.

279. Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt.
(Men generally believe what they want to.)

You can only do so much to convince people.

Audere est Facere - To do is to dare

280.  Audere est Facere
(To do is to dare)

In praise of being bold.

Vincit qui se vincit - He conquers who, conquers himself.

281. Vincit qui se vincit
(He conquers who, conquers himself.)

You’re the one holding you back.

Non ducor, duco - I am not led, I lead.

282. Non ducor, duco
(I am not led, I lead.)

Stop being a follower.

Aut cum scuto aut in scuto - Either with shield or on shield.

283. Aut cum scuto aut in scuto
(Either with shield or on shield.)

A classic fight or die fighting Latin quote.

Semper paratus - Always prepared

284. Semper paratus
(Always prepared)

That’s half the battle.

Acta non verba - Actions, not words.

285. Acta non verba
(Actions, not words.)

Speak less, do more.

Animis opibusque parati. - Prepared in minds and resources (ready for anything).

286. Animis opibusque parati.
(Prepared in minds and resources (ready for anything).

Whatever comes at you, you can handle it.

Compos sui - Master of himself.

287. Compos sui
(Master of himself.)

…So you can master anything.

Lupus pilum mutat, non mentem - The wolf changes his coat, not his disposition.

288. Lupus pilum mutat, non mentem
(The wolf changes his coat, not his disposition.)

Words of warning when some people claim they changed.

Nosce te ipsum - Know thyself.

289. Nosce te ipsum
(Know thyself.)

Where knowledge starts.

Aut neca aut necare - Either kill or be killed

290. Aut neca aut necare
(Either kill or be killed)

Words to post on your Xbox One.

Ductus exemplo - Leadership by example

291. Ductus exemplo
(Leadership by example)

Latin quotes are all about proving yourself in your actions.

Humilitas occidit superbiam - Humility conquers pride

292. Humilitas occidit superbiam
(Humility conquers pride)

It seems weaker, but it’s the stronger emotion.

Praesis ut prosis ne ut imperes - Lead in order to serve, not in order to rule

293. Praesis ut prosis ne ut imperes
(Lead in order to serve, not in order to rule)

A reminder why you want to lead.

Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you want peace, prepare for war

294. Si vis pacem, para bellum
(If you want peace, prepare for war)

A sad necessity in life.

Vivere est vincere - To live is to conquer

295. Vivere est vincere
(To live is to conquer)

It’s how we move forward.

Vivere militare est - To live is to fight

296. Vivere militare est
(To live is to fight)

If you aren’t fighting, you’re giving up.

Asumpit tuas responsabilitates - Take charge

297. Asumpit tuas responsabilitates
(Take charge)

Or, “take your responsibilities.”

Ego amissus pugna sed autere bellum - I lost the battle but I won the war

298. Ego amissus pugna sed autere bellum
(I lost the battle but I won the war)

A setback doesn’t have to be the end.

Nemini cedere - Yield to no one

299. Nemini cedere
(Yield to no one)

Prove your stuff against all comers.

52 Latin Quotes to Live By

People have been using Latin quotes to tell the how to live for more than two thousand years. You may be late to the trend, but there’s still a lot of great wisdom in these words.

Here are 52 Latin quotes to live by:

Veritatis simplex oratio est. - The language of truth is simple.

300. Veritatis simplex oratio est.
(The language of truth is simple.)

So stop complicating it and speak straight.

301. Acta deos numquam mortalia fallunt.
(Mortal actions never deceive the gods.)

You aren’t fooling anyone.

302. Carthago delenda est.
(Carthage must be destroyed.)

When Rome said it, they meant business.

Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit - From nothing comes nothing

303. Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
(From nothing comes nothing)

If you don’t try, nothing happens.

304. Auribus teneo lupum.
(Holding a wolf by the ears.)

…probably not a good idea.

305. Castigat ridendo mores.
(Laughing corrects morals.)

The power of comedy.

Astra inclinant, sed non obligant - The stars incline us, they do not bind us.

306. Astra inclinant, sed non obligant
(The stars incline us, they do not bind us.)

We are the masters of our fate.

307. Magna Servitus Est Magna Fortuna.
(A great fortune is a great slavery.)

Maybe you don’t want to make it rich.

308. Quis Costodiet Ipsos Custodies?
(Who will guard the guards?)

The risks of giving anyone too much power.

Absentem laedit cum ebrio qui litigat - To quarrel with a drunk is to wrong a man who is not even there.

309. Absentem laedit cum ebrio qui litigat
(To quarrel with a drunk is to wrong a man who is not even there.)

Keep that in mind when your roommate comes home at 3 am next time.

Abundant dulcibus vitiis - Nobody's perfect.

310. Abundant dulcibus vitiis
(Nobody’s perfect.)

Including you…and everyone who fails you.

311. Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc.
(We gladly feast on those who would subdue us.)

No mercy on your enemies!

312. Mea navis aëricumbens anguillis abundant.
(My hovercraft is full of eels.)

Absit invidia - Let ill will be absent.

313. Absit invidia
(Let ill will be absent.)

Great advice when making up after an argument.

314. Natura non constristatur.
(Nature is not saddened.)

It is, unfortunately, indifferent.

315. Mea navis aëricumbens anguillis abundant.
(My hovercraft is full of eels.)

…probably not of ancient origin.

316. Caveat venditor,
(Seller beware.)

The twin to the more famous phrase.

Amici probantur rebus adversis - Friends are tested in adversity.

317. Amici probantur rebus adversis
(Friends are tested in adversity.)

That’s when you know they’re real friends.

Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui - Beware what you say, when, and to whom.

318. Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui
(Beware what you say, when, and to whom.)

Always watch your words.

Dum vivimus, vivamus - While we live, let us really live.

319. Dum vivimus, vivamus
(While we live, let us really live.)

We only have so much time, so enjoy it.

Nemo dat quod non habet - No one gives what he does not have.

320. Nemo dat quod non habet
(No one gives what he does not have.)

So don’t expect more than people can give.

Non omne quod nitet aurum est - Not everything that is shining is gold.

321. Non omne quod nitet aurum est
(Not everything that is shining is gold.)

Don’t trust appearances.

Ubi bene, ibi patria - Where you feel good, there is your home.

322. Ubi bene, ibi patria
(Where you feel good, there is your home.)

Home is where you want to be.

Ultra posse nemo obligatur - No one is obligated beyond what he is able to do.

323. Ultra posse nemo obligatur
(No one is obligated beyond what he is able to do.)

Don’t feel you are responsible beyond your limits.

Vincit omnia veritas - Truth conquers all things.

324. Vincit omnia veritas
(Truth conquers all things.)

So seek truth.

Memento vivere - Remember that you are alive

325. Memento vivere
(Remember that you are alive)

You aren’t a robot, no matter how your job makes you feel.

Dum spiro spero - While I breathe, I hope

326. Dum spiro spero
(While I breathe, I hope)

There’s still time to change things.

Homo sine amore vivere nequit - A man without love cannot live

327. Homo sine amore vivere nequit
(A man without love cannot live)

It’s why we must always seek love.

Amicitia quae desinere potest, vera nunquam fuit - A friendship that can cease, was never a true friendship

328. Amicitia quae desinere potest, vera nunquam fuit
(A friendship that can cease, was never a true friendship)

Words of comfort to those who have lost friends.

Annorum vinum, socius vetus et vetus aurum - Old wine, old friend and old gold

329. Annorum vinum, socius vetus et vetus aurum
(Old wine, old friend and old gold)

Latin quotes know a thing about the value of old things.

Veram amicitiam in adversa fortuna videbamus - We'll see true friendship in times of bad luck

330. Veram amicitiam in adversa fortuna videbamus
(We’ll see true friendship in times of bad luck)

When the going gets tough, you know who is with you.

Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace - Use your ears and eyes, but hold your tongue, if you would live in peace.

331. Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace
(Use your ears and eyes, but hold your tongue, if you would live in peace.)

Don’t say foolish things in the heat of the moment.

Abbati, medico, patrono que intima pande - Conceal not the truth from thy physician and lawyer.

332. Abbati, medico, patrono que intima pande
(Conceal not the truth from thy physician and lawyer.)

Only a fool lies to either.

Cor nobile, cor immobile - A noble heart is an immovable heart.

333. Cor nobile, cor immobile
(A noble heart is an immovable heart.)

So we aspire to that nobility.

Fit scelus indulgens per nubila sæcula virtus - In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.

334. Fit scelus indulgens per nubila sæcula virtus
(In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.)

Sometimes, we’ve got to be tough.

Crede quod habes, et habes - Believe that you have it, and you do.

335. Crede quod habes, et habes
(Believe that you have it, and you do.)

The ancient “fake it to make it.”

Hostium munera, non munera - Gifts of enemies are no gifts.

336. Hostium munera, non munera
(Gifts of enemies are no gifts.)

Don’t trust every compliment.

Forma bonum fragile est - All that is fair must fade

337. Forma bonum fragile est
(All that is fair must fade)

Beauty is temporary, so look for what is permanent.

In dubio, abstine - If you are unsure what it is best to do, do nothing at all.

334. In dubio, abstine
(If you are unsure what it is best to do, do nothing at all.)

Sometimes, it’s best not to act.

Latet enim veritas, sed nihil pretiosius veritate - Truth is hidden, but nothing is more beautiful than the truth.

335. Latet enim veritas, sed nihil pretiosius veritate
(Truth is hidden, but nothing is more beautiful than the truth.)

Even when you can’t see it, seek it.

Ignorantia non excusat - Ignorance is not an excuse

336. Ignorantia non excusat
(Ignorance is not an excuse)

Throw that out next time someone says, “But I didn’t know!”

Fortis cadere, cedere non potest - The brave may fall, but cannot yield.

337. Fortis cadere, cedere non potest
(The brave may fall, but cannot yield.)

You prove your bravery in your resilience.

Valeat quantum valere potest - Take it for what is worth.

338. Valeat quantum valere potest
(Take it for what is worth.)

Keep an open mind about it.

Parvis imbutus tentabis grandia tutus - Once you have accomplished little things, you can attempt great things

339. Parvis imbutus tentabis grandia tutus
(Once you have accomplished little things, you can attempt great things)

Start with baby steps before you take big leaps.

Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis - All things change, and we change with them.

340. Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
(All things change, and we change with them.)

We’re just a part of nature.

Omnia causa fiunt - Everything happens for a reason.

341. Omnia causa fiunt
(Everything happens for a reason.)

The classy way to deliver this consolation.

De possibilitate ad actum - From possibility to actuality

341. De possibilitate ad actum
(From possibility to actuality)

Move from dreaming it to realizing it.

Morte magis metuenda senectus - Old age should rather be feared than death

342. Morte magis metuenda senectus
(Old age should rather be feared than death)

The ancient “better to burn out than fade away.”

Luceat lux vestra - Let your light shine

343. Luceat lux vestra
(Let your light shine)

Power advice in any language.

Accipe quod tuum, alterique da suum. - Take what is yours, leave theirs to them

344. Accipe quod tuum, alterique da suum.
(Take what is yours, leave theirs to them)

Avoid overreach.

Facilius est vitae risus - Life is easier with a smile

345. Facilius est vitae risus
(Life is easier with a smile)

So why not just be happy?

Odi et amo - I love and hate - Catullus

346. Tempus edax rerum
(Time is the devourer of things.)

Tough but true words.

Verba movent, exempla trahunt - Words move people, examples draw/compel them.

347. Verba movent, exempla trahunt
(Words move people, examples draw/compel them.)

So explain with examples.

Veritas vincit - Truth prevails.

348. Veritas vincit
(Truth prevails.)

Shout this when you finally win an argument.

Vulpem pilum mutare, non mores. - A fox may change its hair, not its tricks.

349. Vulpem pilum mutare, non mores.
(A fox may change its hair, not its tricks.)

If they wronged you before, don’t listen when they say they’ve changed.

Silentium est aureum - Silence is golden

350. Silentium est aureum
(Silence is golden)

We really underrate quiet.

Otium cum dignitate. - Rest with dignity.

351. Otium cum dignitate.
(Rest with dignity.)

Fine words to send off those we love.

More Awesome Quotes

Why stop with Latin quotes? We’ve got all these in store for you as well!

  1. Go Nordic with viking quotes and phrases!
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  3. With quotes about strength and being strong during hard times, you always have the right words to say.
  4. Deploy fear quotes to crush your fears to take on any challenge.

In Conclusion

We’ve translated much of the wisdom of the ages, but nothing communicates strength, wisdom, and purpose like Latin quotes in the original language.

Use these anywhere to impress friends or throw down like an old-school gentleman. Wherever you use them, you’ll be sure to make an impression. Benediximus! (Good luck!)

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