My Favorite Latin Phrases

Latin is technically a dead language but it is still around in a lot of ways.

Latin was originally spoken in Latium, Italy (Lazio). Vulgar Latin developed into the romance languages like French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, And Romanian.

And although the English language is Germanic, it is heavily influenced by Latin.

My favorite Latin phrases.


SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM

Translation: If you want peace, Prepare for war

- Said by Thomas Jane in the Punisher, Just before he went into a killing frenzy!


FORTES FORTUNA ADIUVAT

Translation: Fortune favors the bold


FORTES FORTUNA JUVAT

Latin Equivalent

Translation: Fortune favors the brave


AUT CUM SCUTO AUT IN SCIUTO

Translation: Either with shield or on shield -- "Do or die", "No retreat"

-Said by Spartan Mother to son as they departed for battle.


INVICTA

Translation: Unconquered


HOC EST BELLUM

Translation: This is war


AUT NECA AUT NECARE

Translation: Either kill or be killed


MORIOR INVICTUS

Translation: Death before defeat -- " I die undefeated"


Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

Translation: When the Republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.


DISCE QUASI SEMPER VICTURUS VIVE QUASI CRAS MORITURUS

Translation: Learn as if you're always going to live, Live as if tomorrow you're going to die.


VIVERE MILITARE EST

Translation: To live is to fight.


AUDEMUS JURA NOSTRA DEFENDERE

Translation: We dare to defend our rights

- My State's motto <3


AMOR VINCIT OMNIA


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What Girls Said 2

  • this is awesome.

    VIVERE MILITARE EST <3

    love that one.

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  • I love latin phrases, but latin is not dead language, it's an official language in Vatican, the smallest country in the world :P
    My favorite phrases here are Morior Invictus and Amor Vincit Omnia ;)

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What Guys Said 8

  • Latin is a dirty barbarian language and frankly it is kind of funny how the Roman Catholic Church opposed services and texts being translated into the common language for so long when Latin itself was just a translation of the original Greek that we used in the East. The Septuagint is/was older than the Vulgate, and the Ecumenical Councils were in Greek.

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  • Here are some of my favorite

    Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit.

    Quid me nutrit me destruit.

    Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

    Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur.

    Auribus teneo lupum

    Imperium in imperio

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

    And of course my favorite of all the motto of my state of Kansas
    Ad Astra per Aspera, which means To the Stars through Difficulty

    This motto refers not only to the pioneering spirit of the early settlers and represents the aspirations and hard-working spirit of the state, but also the difficult times Kansas went through before becoming a state. The anti-slavery forces and slavery proponents waged battles in the electoral process as well as on the battlefield. Kansas earned the nickname “Bloody Kansas” because of the war regarding slavery, much of which was fought on Kansas' soil.

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  • Nice take - I like the phrases on corruption, learning and the last one and love conquers all.

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  • Tempus Fugit - Time flies
    Orbis non Sufficit - The world is not enough
    Semper Occultus - Always Secret ( Motto of MI6 or British Intelligence)
    Qui audet adipiscitur - Who dares, wins
    E pluribus unum - One out of many

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  • Quotes are the best things to read.
    Loved it. :)

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  • Nice Take, I can speak latin, and my favorite phrase is: De gustibus non disputandum est (it means: "In matters of taste, there can be no disputes") :)

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  • My favorite is this,

    "Vi Veri Universum Vivus Vici" meaning "by the power of truth, I, a mortal, have conquered the universe."

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