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tootsie
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 3:12:57 PM

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Mine are:
caveat emptor and
carpe diem
do you have some too?

I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
redgriffin
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 5:11:31 PM

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While I to like the ones that you stated yet I also like non compos mentis.
GeorgeV
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 5:34:53 PM

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In vodka veritas. Or is it vino?

Brain-washing starts in the cradle. - Arthur Koestler
Sparrow
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 5:57:58 PM

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To say that I am at ease with Latin and its quotes would be a great exaggeration, but I could probably recollect two or three of them. There is one that I indeed like, not because it is Latin but because I consider it sort of my motto.
Ubi bene ibi patria which means "Where I am at ease there is my country". Actually it is a model of another Latin expression, Ubi panis ibi patria meaning "Where is bread there is my country" where "bread" should be taken figuratevely. It may not sound very patriotic, but one shouldn't take the quote geographically or politically. Just whatever feels right for you.

All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. Lord Byron
Sparrow
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 5:59:50 PM

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GeorgeV wrote:
In vodka veritas. Or is it vino?

Or пиво. Depends on personal preferences.

All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. Lord Byron
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:50:19 PM

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Varium et mutabile semper femina

"Woman is always a changeable and capricious thing." (Virgil: Aeneid)


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GeorgeV
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 7:28:25 PM

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Воробенок - I used vodka for alliteration - vichy water wouldn't work. But I made one up just for you with пиво. Will post it in Russian later in the evening.

Brain-washing starts in the cradle. - Arthur Koestler
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 8:51:48 PM

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Sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti,
In vento et rapida scribere opportet aqua


But what a woman says to her lusting lover it is best to write in wind and swift-flowing water.

Catullus, ( c.84 - c.54 BCE ) Carmina no. 70



Somebody must really have put him through it !

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HWNN1961
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 9:21:27 PM

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Manum manus levat: one hand washes the other. Or, in the vernacular: "what's in it for me".

Aquiela non capet muscas: eagles do not catch flies. Otherwise "you or this situation isn't worth my time".

"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong". (Knight's Oath, Kingdom of Heaven)
Sparrow
Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 11:03:14 PM

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Thank you for reminding us about Guius Valeruis Catullus, Ex. We took his poetry in the Literature class in the university, and I still remember "Odi et Amo".

Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris.
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

I hate and I love. "How can it be?" you ask.
I don't know, yet I am learning it now through the torture.

Catullus died at the age of 30. When I see someone in history die that young, I always think that perhaps all the knowledge of the world, the wisdom, the talent, all is granted as a package at the moment of birth, and doesn't come and developing gradually with age as people think. We come to the world already fully equipped as much or as little the luggage is. And age doesn't matter. One can be 15 and the other one 96 and both stupid. Or genius.


All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. Lord Byron
SandraM
Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 5:09:23 AM
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Hi Latin lovers!
I quite like horresco referens, I don't know why, and of course good old Cicero's Quousque tandem abutere Catilina patientia nostra? I can imagine so well the grandiose air of exasperation Marcus Tullius took to orate in the Senate. I can imagine another version too: an exasperated mother telling off her boisterous child who once again won't tidy up his/her room ;-)
Akkuratix
Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 5:31:47 AM

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I´m not sure if this is real Latin but is is so funny that it could be: Parla non quano.

Praise a child once a day, let alone your spouse. (and see what happens)
HWNN1961
Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 11:48:10 AM

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Salus populi Suprema lex esto: the welfare of the people is to be the highest law.

An old favorite:

Sum quod eris: I am what you will be (a favorite gravestone inscription).

Ductus exemplo: leadership by example



"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong". (Knight's Oath, Kingdom of Heaven)
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 7:02:53 PM

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I'm very surprised that our friend Juvenal has not popped up yet. Oh yeah, Homeland Security, of course.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.

But then cupiditas radix malorum est, so sic transit gloria Ponzii.



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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 7:11:58 PM

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Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri?


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Sparrow
Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 9:47:48 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri?


Well, then just secundis ventis, tene cursum... I mean, tene smokeWhistle

All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. Lord Byron
Klaas V
Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:44:16 AM

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Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi

With maybe the exception of the unasked there just isn't such thing available as a dumb question - Z4us
SandraM
Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 6:06:16 AM
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ClubFavolosa, that's a good one!
Here's another one for democratically minded latinists: Vox populi, vox Dei.
B355E
Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:20:44 AM

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Ex lingua stulta veniunt incommoda multa. – Many troubles have sprung from a foolish tongue.

Only the heart can see clearly: what is important is invisible to the eyes. The Little Prince
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 7:44:02 PM

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Cogito, ergo doleo = I think, therefore I am depressed.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Klaas V
Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 6:55:35 PM

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Thank you, Sandra. Another one, not from memory, but 'stolen' - not really it's publlc domain:



A bonis bona disce. - Erasmus Roterodamus

With maybe the exception of the unasked there just isn't such thing available as a dumb question - Z4us
SandraM
Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 5:45:41 AM
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And another, a bit saucy, but I always use it to remind myself that after post, it's not ablative but accusative:
Post coitum, animal triste.
I wonder if anyone knows the origin of this one, by the way.
Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 5:54:49 AM

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Tauris excretum cerebrum vincente
money
Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 5:32:11 PM

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Carpe Diem
Sacrebleu

'Truth Alone Triumphs' (Satyameva Jayate)
SandraM
Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 6:45:44 AM
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Hi money,
"Sacrebleu" is French, not Latin. It's a corrupt ancient form of "sacré Dieu" meaning "Holy God" and is now a rather cute and old fashioned way of cursing.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 7:54:46 AM

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Should it be then "Sanctus coelestinus" or "cyaneus".
"Flavius" would relate to bleu but it means yellow.


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Akkuratix
Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011 6:51:13 AM

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Cum rideo improbatur!
Cito-longe-tarde.

Praise a child once a day, let alone your spouse. (and see what happens)
pedro
Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011 7:15:33 AM

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Is est totus Cupiditas volo

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
chuckc4th
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 1:59:13 AM
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Some of my favorites are only pseudo Latin.
Illegitimi non carborundum - "Don't let the bastards grind you down." Carborundum is the generic form of saphire/emerald/ruby, 9 on the Moh's harness scale, and often used as an industrial abrasive.
Semper gumby - "Always flexible" after the green cartoon character.
chuckc4th
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 2:12:00 AM
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The most frequently used are often abbreviated:
et cetera (etc.) "and the rest" "and others" "and so forth"
exempli gratia (e.g.) "example for free" "for example"
id est (i.e.) "that is" "said another way"
quod erat demonstrandum (q.e.d) "that was demonstrated" "which was demonstrated"
vice versa "the other way around" "the reverse"
chuckc4th
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 2:13:23 AM
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One of my pet peeves is when people use e.g. when they mean i.e. and vice versa :)
Akkuratix
Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 11:13:41 AM

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Ecce homo, homini lupus est, (S.J. Lech)

Praise a child once a day, let alone your spouse. (and see what happens)
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 6:00:17 AM

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"A horribile Haccapaelitorum agmine libera nos, Domine!" (A prayer in Roman Catholic churches in Germany during the Thirty Years' War)


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Anatolian
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:07:39 PM

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"O mâhîler ki deryâ içredür deryâyı bilmezler" - Hayâlî
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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:30:01 PM

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Loosely, " Who guards the guardians ".

Sanity is not statistical
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