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A Deo lux nostra

“Our light comes from God.”

Ab/Ex uno disce omnes.

“From one person, learn all people.”

Adeste Fideles

“Be present, faithful ones.”

Alea iacta est.

“The die has been cast.” (Caesar at the Rubicon River when he determined to return to Rome with his army, contrary to orders of the senate to leave his army in Gaul)

Arma virumque canto.

“Arms and a man I sing / I sing about.” (First line of Virgil's Aeneid)

Ars longa, vita brevis

“Art is long, life is short.”

Auget largiendo.

“He increases by giving liberally.”

Auribus teneo lupum.

“I hold a wolf by the ears.” (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.) (Terence)

Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutamus.

“Hail Caesar! We, about to die, salute you.” (Gladiators before beginning to fight in the arena)

Bis vivit qui bene vivit.

“He lives twice who lives well.”

Carpe diem.

“Seize the day (opportunity).” (Horace)

Cave canem.

“Beware the dog.”

Caveat emptor.

“Let the buyer beware.” (He buys at his own risk.)

Caveat venditor.

“Let the seller beware.” (He sells at his own risk.)

Cedant arma togae.

“Let arms yield to the toga. / Let the military yield to civil power.” (Cicero)

Christi crux est mea lux.

“The Cross of Christ is my light.”

Cogito, ergo sum.

“I think, therefore I am/exist.” (Descartes)

Commune periculum concordiam parit.

“Common danger brings forth harmony.”

Credo quia absurdum.

“I believe it because it is absurd (contrary to reason).”

Cui bono?

“To whom is it for good / for an advantage?” (Cicero)

Cui malo?

“To whom is it for evil / will it do harm?”

Cum jocus est verus,
jocus est malus atque severus.

“When a joke is true, the joke is bad and severe.” (Medieval)

Cum tacent clamant

“While they are silent they shout.” (Their silence speaks louder than words.)

Damnant quod non intellegunt.

“They condemn what they do not understand.”

De duobus malis,
minus est semper eligendum.

“From two evil things the less is always to be chosen.”

De gustibus non disputandum.

“Concerning tastes there must not be disputing.”

De mortuis nil nisi bonum.

“Concerning the dead, people should say nothing except good.” (Diogenes Laertius)

Delenda est Carthago

“Carthage must be destroyed.” (Cato, after the Second Punic War)

Deus vobiscum

“May God be with you.”

Dictum sapienti sat est.

“A word to a wise person is sufficient.”

Diem perdidi.

“I have lost a day.” (Titus)

Dimidium facti qui bene coepit habet.

“He who has begun has half of the deed. / Well begun is half done.”

Docendo discimus.

“We learn by teaching.”

Docendo discitur.

“It is learned by teaching.” (Seneca)

Dominus tecum.

“May the Lord be with you.” (Singular)

Dominus vobiscum.

“May the Lord be with you.” (Plural)

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

“It is sweet and glorious to die for the country.”

Dulcis amor patriae.

“Sweet is the love of country.”

Dum vita est spes est.

“While life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope.”

Dum vivimus, vivamus.

“While we live, let us live.” (Epicurean philosophy)

Ecce homo.

“Behold, the Man.”

Ego spem pretio non emo

“I do not purchase hope for a price.” (I do not buy a pig in a poke.)

Emitte lucem et veritatem.

“Send out light and truth.”

Errare humanum est.

“To err is human. / It is human to err.” (Seneca)

Est modus in rebus

“There is a medium in things.” (Horace)

Ex malis moribus bonae leges natae sunt.

“From bad ways/customs good laws were born.”

Ex nihilo nihil

“Out of nothing, nothing comes / is made.”

Ex pede Herculem

“From the foot (we recognize) Hercules.” (We judge the whole from the specimen.)

Ex ungue leonem

“From the claw (we recognize) a lion.” (We judge the whole from the part.)

Ex uno disce omnes.

“From one person learn all persons.” (From one we can judge the rest.)

Exeunt omnes.

“All go out” (Direction for actors in a play)


“He/She goes out.” (The noun, exit, names the place to go out.

Experientia docet stultos.

“Experience teaches fools.”

Experto crede.

“Trust/Believe the expert.” “Trust the one who has experience.”


“The book ends / is ended.” (Used on parchments and in books to indicate the end of a book of the Bible. See Incipit.)

Facilis descensus Averno.

“The descent to Avernus (the lower world) is easy.” (Virgil)

Factum fieri infectum non potest.

“It is not possible for a deed to be made not done.” (You can't undo what's done.) (Terence)


“He/She made it.” (Follows the artist's name on a picture)

Fiat Dei voluntas.

“May God's will be done.”

Fiat justitia, ruat coelum.

“Let justice be done, let the sky fall.” (Let justice be done even though the heavens should fall.)

Fiat lux.

“Let there be light.”

Finis coronat opus.

“The end crowns the work.” (Ovid)

Fortes fortuna adiuvat.

“Fortune helps brave men. / Fortune helps the brave.” (Terence)

Fortuna caeca est.

“Fortune is blind.” (Cicero)

Fortuna favet fortibus.

“Fortune favors the bold/strong/brave.”

Gaudeamus Igitur.

“Let us rejoice therefore.” (Medieval song)

Gloria virtutis umbra.

“Glory (is) the shadow of virtue.”

Humanum est errare.

“To err is human. / It is human to err.”


“It begins.” (Used on parchments and books to show the beginning of a book of the Bible)

In cruce spero.

“In the Cross I hope.”

In hoc signo spes mea.

“In this sign (the Cross) is my hope.”

In hoc signo vinces

“In this sign you will conquer” (Emperor Constantine made this statement concerning the emblem of the Cross.)

In medio tutissimus ibis.

“In the middle of things you will go most safe.” (Ovid)

In vino veritas.

“In wine is truth.” (Truth is told under the influence of wine.)

Ipse dixit.

“He himself said it.” (Cicero)

Jubilate Deo.

“Rejoice in God.”

Labor omnia vincit.

“Work conquers all things.” (Virgil)

Laborare est orare.

“To labor is to pray.” (Work is worship.)

Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.

“The burden is made light which is borne well.”

Lex rex.

“The law is king.”

Lupus non mordet lupum.

“A wolf does not bite a wolf.”

Magna est veritas et praevalet.

“Great is truth and it prevails.”

Manus manum lavat.

“The hand washes the hand. / One hand washes the other.”

Medio tutissimus ibis.

“You will go safest in the middle.” (Moderation in all things.)

Memento mori

“Remember to die / that you must die.” (A reminder of death)

Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te.

“I am able to live / I can live neither with you, nor without you.” (Martial)

Necessitas non habet legem.

“Necessity does not have a law.”

Nemo malus felix.

“No one bad is happy.”

Nil homini certum est.

“Nothing is certain for man.” (Ovid)

Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis.

“Unless you will have believed, you will not understand.” (St. Augustine)

Nomina stultorum parietibus haerent.

“The names of foolish persons adhere to walls.” (Fools names and fools faces are often seen in public places.)

Non omnia possumus omnes.

“Not all of us are able to do all things.” (We can't all do everything.) (Virgil)

Non omnis moriar.

“Not all of me will die.” (Horace)

Non sum qualis eram.

“I am not what / of what sort I was.” (I'm not what I used to be.)

Nulla regula sine exceptione.

“There is no rule/law without exception.”

Numquam aliud natura,
aliud sapientia dicit.

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom say another.” (Stoic philosophy, stated by Marcus Aurelius in Meditations.)

Omnia mors aequat.

“Death equals all things.”

Omnia mutantur.

“All things are changed. / All things change.” (Ovid)

Omnia vincit amor.

“Love conquers all things.”

O quam cito transit gloria mundi!

“O how quickly passes the glory of the world!”

O tempora, O mores!

“O the times, O the customs!” (Cicero)

Pactum serva.

“Keep the faith.”

Pares cum paribus facillime congregantur.

“Equals most easily are mixed with equals.” (Birds of a feather flock together.) (Cicero)

Pax tecum.

“May peace be with you.” (Singular)

Pax vobiscum.

“May peace be with you.” (Plural)

Periculum in mora.

“There is danger in delay.” (Livy)

Poeta fit, non nascitur.

“A poet is made, he is not born.”

Qualis rex, talis grex.

“Of what sort is the king, of that sort is the flock/people.”

Qui docet discit.

“He who teaches learns.”

Quid scripsi scripsi.

“What I have written I have written.” (Pilate, speaking of his inscription on the Cross)

Quo vadis?

“Where are you going? / Whither goest thou?”

Quot homines, tot sententiae.

“As many men, so many opinions. / There are as many opinions as there are men/people.”

Regnat populus.

“The people rules.” (People is a collective noun here.)

Requiescat in pace.

“Let him/her rest in peace. / May he/she rest in peace.”

Rumores volant. / Rumor volat.

“Rumors fly. / Rumor flies.”

Saepe stilum vertas.

“May you often turn the stylus.” (You should make frequent corrections.)

Salus publica suprema lex.

“Public safety is the supreme law.”

Si vis amari, ama.

“If you wish to be loved, love.”

Si vis pacem para bellum.

“If you wish peace, prepare war.”

Sic transit gloria mundi.

“Thus passes the glory of the world.”

Soli Deo Gloria.

“To God alone be the glory.”

Spes mea in Deo.

“My hope is in God.”


“Let it stand.” (The word(s) is/are correct and should not be changed.)

Tempus edax rerum.

“Time is the devourer of things.”

Tempus fugit.

“Time flies.”

Timeo Danaos et bona ferentes.

“I fear Greeks even ones bearing good things (gifts).” (Virgil)

Tu, Domine, gloria mea.

“Thou, Lord, art my glory.”

Ubicumque homo est,
ibi benefici locus est.

“Wherever there is a man, there is a place of/for kindness/service.”

Ubi spiritus est cantus est.

“Where there is spirit there is song.”

Ultra posse nemo obligatur.

“No one is obligated beyond what he is able to do.”

Vade in pace.

“Go in peace.”

Vade mecum.

“Go with me.”

Vae victis.

“Woe be to the conquered (vanquished).” (Livy)

Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas.

“Vanity of vanities, even all things are vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

Veni, vidi, vici.

“I came, I saw, I conquered.” (Julius Caesar's message to the senate, brief because it was borne by a runner.)

Ventis secundis, tene/tenete cursum.

“The winds being favorable, hold the course. / If the winds are favorable. . . . / When the winds are favorable. . . .”)

Verbum sapienti sat.

“A word to the wise is enough.”

Veritas vincit.

“Truth conquers.”

Vestis virum facit.

“Clothes make the man.”

Vigilando, agendo, bene consulendo, prospera omnia cedunt.

“By watching, by doing, by consulting well, these things yield all things prosperous.” (Sallust)

Vires acquirit eundo.

“It gains strength by going / as it goes).” (Virgil)

Vita brevis, ars longa.

“Life is short, art is long.”

Vultus est index animi.

“The face is the index of the soul/mind.”

Collected by Edith E. Smith, M.A.

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