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bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem
It is not goodness to be better than the worst.
exitus acta probat
The result validates the deeds.
errare humanum est
To err is human
eheu fugaces . labuntur anni
Alas, the fleeting years slip away
fabas indulcet fames
Hunger sweetens the beans.
facta non verba
Deeds, not words (Actions speak louder than words)
fallaces sunt rerum species
The appearances of things are deceptive.
flat justitia ruat coelum
Let justice be done through the heavens fall
in vino veritas
There is truth in wine
(truth is told by him who has drunk wine)
lex non distinguitur nos non distinguere debemus
The law does not distinguish and so we ought not distinguish.
legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus
We are slaves of the law in order that we may be able to be free.
mutantur omnia nos et mutamur in illis
All things change, and we change with them.
multum in parvo
Much in little
Remember that you will die
mendacem memorem esse oportet
It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory
(liars should have good memories)
mens sana in corpore sano
A sound mind in a sound body
minima maxima sunt
The smallest things are most important.
nemo liber est qui corpori servit
No one is free who is a slave to his body
non est vivere sed valere vita est
Life is not being alive but being well (life is more than just being alive)
non semper erit aestas
It will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)
non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum
Do not take as gold everything that shines like gold
ne quid nimis
Nothing in excess.
nemo dat quod non habet
No one gives what he does not have.
non est ad astra mollis e terris via
There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.
nosce te ipsum
omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
All things change, and we change with them
omnia causa fiunt
Everything happens for a reason
parva leves capiunt animas
Small things occupy light minds
(small things amuse small minds)
pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes
Flatterers are the worst type of enemies
possunt quia posse videntur
They can because they seem to be able to
(they can do it because they think they can do it - the power of positive thinking)
proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris
It is human nature to hate a person whom you have injured
perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim
Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.
quod me nutrit me destruit.
What nurishes me also destroys me.
qui tacet consentire
Who is silent gives consent.
quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who will watch the watchers themselves?
radix omnium malorum est cupiditas
The love of money is the root of all evil.
Avarice is the problem, money itself is not evil.
respice, adspice, prospice
Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future
(look to the past, the present, the future)
sic transit gloria mundi
So passes away earthly glory
sedit qui timuit ne non succederet.
He who feared he would not succeed sat still.
struit insidias lacrimis cum femina plorat.
When a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears.
timendi causa est nescire
Ignorance is the cause of fear.
una salus victis nullam sperare salutem
The one safety for the vanquished is to abandon hope of safety
(knowing that there is no hope can give one the courage to fight and win).
ut sementem feceris ita metes
As you sow so will you reap.
veritas vos liberabit
The truth shall make you free
vincit qui se vincit
He conquers who conquers himself.
vir sapit qui pauca loquitur
That man is wise who talks little
(know when to hold your tongue)
verbum sat sapienti
A word is enough for a wise man.
vox populi vox dei
The voice of the people is the voice of god