Saturday, January 08, 2011

Courage without luck

Audaces fortuna iuvat

"Fortune favors the brave."

Virgil, Aeneid

Tell me the whole story

Audiatur et altera pars.

The other part should be heard as well.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Middle of the road

Medio tutissimus ibis

"In the middle shall you walk the safest"


Monday, August 04, 2008

The divine rights of kings

A Deo rex, a rege lex

"The king is from God, the law from the king"

James I of England

Friday, February 23, 2007

Youth is wasted on the young

Gaudeamus igitur iuvenes dum sumus

"Thus let us enjoy ourselves as long as we are young."

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The power of thought

Mens agitat molem

"Mind moves the mass"

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Go on, eat another mars bar.......

Facilis descensus Averno

"The descent to hell is easy."

The Hobbesian State of Nature

Homo homini lupus est.

"Man is a wolf to man."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Stand alone

Ventis secundis, tene cursum.

"Go even against the flow."

Monday, January 15, 2007

Is it worth it?

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

"It is sweet and honorable to die for the fatherland."


Monday, January 01, 2007


Sic semper tyrannis

"Thus always to tyrants"

Friday, December 22, 2006

Self doubt

Ubi dubium, ibi libertas.

"Where there is doubt, there is freedom."

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

What terrible things old age does to us

bis pueri senes

"Old men are twice children"

careful with that hemlock

Scio me nihil scire

"I know that I know nothing"


One step at a time

Roma die uno non ædificata est

"Rome wasn't built in a day."

Monday, December 18, 2006


Quid me nutrit, me destruit.

"That which nourishes me, also destroys me."

Sleeping beauty

Qui dormit non peccat.

"He who sleeps does not sin"

Latin Rhetoric for the Desert

Qui audet vincit.

"Who dares wins"

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Angel of death

Memento mori.

"Remember your mortality."

A neglected garden

Mala herba cito crescit

"Weeds grow fast."

Saturday, December 16, 2006

A picture paints a thousand words

Verba docent, exempla trahunt.

"Words instruct, illustrations lead."

One too many

Absentem lædit, qui cum ebrio litigat.

"He who quarrels with a drunk hurts an absentee."

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Divine Right of Kings

A Deo rex, a rege lex

"The king is from God, the law from the king"

James I of England

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Maple Leaf

A mari usque ad mare

"From sea to sea,"

National motto of Canada

Things aren't always what they seem

Habitus non facit monachum

"A habit does not make a monk"

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A good start in any book

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres

"The whole of Gaul is divided into three parts."

Julius Caesar

Cultural exchange

Græcia capta ferum victorem cepit, et artes intulit agresti Latio

"Captive Greece captured her ferocious victor, and brought the arts into the rustic Latium"


Monday, December 11, 2006

Moderation in all things

Medio tutissimus ibis

"In the middle shall you walk the safest"


The eye of the beholder

Major e longinquo reverentia

"Viewed from a distance, everything is beautiful."


Sunday, December 10, 2006


Audi, vide, tace, si tu vis vivere (in pace).

"Hear, see, be silent, if you wish to live (in peace)."

Not sure I agree with this one....

Audaces fortuna iuvat

"Fortune favors the brave."


Saturday, December 09, 2006

I don't want to change

Video meliora proboque deteriora sequor

"I see the better and acknowledge it, but I follow the worse"


talking too much

Vasa vana plurimum sonant

"Empty pots make the most noise"

Monday, November 27, 2006

Lady luck

Faber est suæ quisque fortunæ

"Each is the maker of his own fortune."

Appius Claudius Caecus

A foreign country

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.

"I am human, so nothing that is human is foreign to me." Terence