45+ Great Latin Proverbs & Sayings

45+ Great Latin Proverbs & Sayings

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Impressive Latin Proverbs

“Act now, the chance on profit is short.” ; more commonly known as: “Strike while the iron is hot”

“You acquire what you reap (or take by force)”, often mistranslated as: “you reap what you sow”

“He who preserves something, will have something”; more commonly known as: “Sparing is the first gaining”

“So ends the story.” or “The story has been completed.”
Meaning – “What has happened was a story/fable.”
Note : (Caesar Augustus’s last words)

“Deeds, not words” – motto of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, at Kings Point, New York, USA.

“It is all over with the state/republic”

“To the stars through adversity” – motto of Kansas
Note : (more frequently as “per ardua ad astra”, which is the motto of the Royal Air Force)



“To high places by narrow roads.”

“It is very important to be well trained in your youth”; more commonly known as: “Who learns young, forgets not when he is old.”

“The intellect (of the knower) must be adequate to the thing (known)”, also meaning the thought must be based on the thing.
Note : From St. Thomas Aquinas

“Your crops are still in grass”
Note : Equivalent to: “There is still a lot to be done”

“No one is obliged to do the impossible.” (or) “No one is held to impossible [things].”

Mind Blowing Latin Proverbs

“For the greater glory of God.”
Note : Motto of the Jesuits / St. Ignatius of Loyola

“Add little to little and there will be a big pile”
Note : Ovid.

“Here I am who did it”

“As long as a sick person is conscious, there is still hope.” Commonly “While there’s life there’s hope.”

From a thing’s reality one can be certain of its possibility, from its possibility one cannot be certain of its reality.”

“To take fire from fire or To fight fire with fire.”
Note : Cicero

“The resistance only makes him attack more ferociously.”

“From the egg to the apples.”; “From the beginning to the end.”
Note : (The Roman meal usually started with eggs and ended with fruit.)

“From the founding of the city”, ‘city’ meaning Rome

“What one trains frequently, will become part of his character
Note : Ovidius

“You’re finished, sweet figs”
Note : Petronius




“He has been gone for long and must once return.”
Note : Tertullianus

“The absent will not be an heir.”, “Out of sight, out of mind”

“He who fights with a drunken person hurts an absentee.”
Note : (I.e., the “sober” version of the drunken person)

“Insults shouldn’t be made when people are celebrating.”

“Let injury by words be absent.”

“Don’t take this the wrong way.”

“May this not be an omen.”

Great Latin Proverbs

“The truth shouldn’t be silenced to spare someone.”

“Without money, all efforts are in vain.”

“He who gave it, took it.”

“Judge all by this one”

“Abuse is no argument against proper use”, legal phrase meaning that just because something can be abused there is no reason for putting an end to its legitimate use

“Deep calleth unto deep”
Note : (Psalm 42:7)

“History is the tutor of life.”

“Weariness loves a wrangle”, “It is the weary one who picks a quarrel”.
Note : Seneca

“From sea to sea,” national motto of Canada.

“From the old ox, the young one learns to plow.”; “A good example makes a good job.”

“The king is from God, the law from the king”.
Note : Attributed to James I of England

“From a thing’s possibility one cannot be certain of its reality.”
Note : See also Ab esse ad posse.

“One should only ask from a friend what he is capable of.”
Note : Cicero

“A boar is often held by quite a small dog.”

“From head to heel

“These days (lit.: in our days) simplicity is very rare”

“Do what you do”, in the sense of “Do well what you do”, “Do well in whatever you do” or “Be serious in what you do”

“Do when you do something”, “If you do something, do it well” see also “Age quod agis




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