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Latin Phrases, Mottos and Expressions

aut viam inveniam aut faciam
I'll either find a way or make one

assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit. (M.Tullius Cicero).
Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill.

perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim
Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.


The following are some "modern-Latin" phrases that I really enjoyed but was not sure about simply sorting them alphabetically, as they clearly belong in the same group. So here they are all together (Source:

sane, paululum linguae latinae dico
Sure, I speak a little Latin.

id legi modo hic modo illic. vero, latine loqui non est difficilissimum
I picked it up here and there. Really, Latin isn't all that hard.

lingua speciem involutam praebet, sed sat cito eam comprehendes
It looks like a tricky language, but you'll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

heu, modo itera omnia quae mihi nunc nuper narravisti, sed nunc anglice?
Listen, would you repeat everything you just told me, only this time say it in English?

caveat depascor
Browser beware!

tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas.
Thank you for not smoking.

sona si latine loqueris
Honk if you speak Latin.

quidquid excusatio prandium pro
Any excuse for lunch
(Social activities motto of the Australian Fish Diseases Laboratory, part of CSIRO)


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