Many Latin expressions are used in books and in everyday English speech, and you will certainly find most those phrases listed and translated on my site. However, the existing body of Latin literature, both Classical and Medieval is extremely vast. There are many undiscovered gems of wit and wisdom, so I encourage you to study Latin :) The source for a quote is sometimes indcated, but one must remember that Latin quotations are often used as if they were anonymous maxims of universal wisdom. Unlike the collections of quotes that you will find on some other websites, these lines have been actually looked at more than once by someone who knows Latin. I am sure, however, that some typos have not been fixed, so do not assume that anything you find here is safe and good enough to be tattooed on your person! Always ask a Latinist before using a Latin quote for any permanent purpose.

This site also hosts a plethora of imporant resources about Latin, as well as some other languages. Most notably, there a list of legal Latin maxims. Elsewhere on this site there are Latin phrases used in medicine, heraldry, jewelry engravings, sundials and Latin love poems. There is even a motto generator that lets you create Latin phrases without knowing Latin!

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Habeas corpus - You must have the body, i.e. You must justify an imprisonment

Habemus Papam - We have a pope. (used at the announcement of a new pope)

Hac lege - With this law

Haec olim meminisse ivvabit - Time heals all things, i.e. Wounds, offenses

Hannibal ante portas! - Hannibal is at the doors! The enemy/danger is at the doors!

Haud ignota loquor - I say things that are known

Helluo librorum - A glutton for books. (bookworm)

Hic et nunc - Here and now

Hic habitat felicitas - Here dwells happiness

Hic jacet (HJ) - Here lies. (written on gravestones or tombs)

Hic jacet sepultus (HJS) - Here lies buried

Hinc illae lacrimae - Hence these tears. (Terence)

Historia est vitae magistra - The history is the tutor of life

Hoc erat in votis - This was among my prayers

Hoc est in votis - This is in my prayers

Hoc est verum et nihili nisi verum - This is the truth and nothing but the truth

Hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frvi - To live twice is to make useful profit from one's past. Experience is the best teacher, so learn from it

Hoc natura est insitum, ut quem timueris, hunc semper oderis - It's an innate thing to always hate the one we've learnt to fear

Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit - In these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate. (Terence)

Hodie mihi, cras tibi - Today for me, tomorrow for you

Homines libenter quod volunt credunt - Men believe what they want to. (Terentius)

Homines, dum docent, discunt - Men learn while they teach. (Seneca)

Homo doctus is se semper divitias habet - A learned man always has wealth within himself

Homo homini lupus - Man is a wolf to man

Homo praesumitur bonus donec probetur malus - One is innocent until proven guilty

Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit - Man proposes, but God disposes

Homo sum - I am a man

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto - I am human, therefore nothing human is strange to me

Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est - Man has been lent to life, not given. (Pubilius Syrus)

Honor virutis preamium - Honour is the reward of virtue

Honores mutant mores - The honours change the customs. (Power corrupts)

Honoris causa (h.c.) - As in doctorate, an honorary degree

Horas non numero nisi serenas - I count only the bright hours. (Inscription on ancient sundials)

Horribile dictu - Horrible to tell

Horror vacui - Fear of empty places

Hostis humani generis - Enemy of the human race