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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Maecenas atavis edite regibus - Maecenas, born of monarch ancestors. (Horace)

Magister artis ingeniique largitor venter - Necessity is the mother of all invention

Magister Artium (MA) - Master of arts

Magister mundi sum! - I am the master of the universe!

Magna cum laude - With great honour or academic distinction

Magna res est vocis et silentii temperamentum - The great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet

Magnas inter opes inops - A pauper in the midst of wealth. (Horace)

Magnificat - It magnifies

Magnum bonum - A great good

Magnum opus - Great work, the major work of one's life

Mala fide - In bad faith (something which is done fraudulently)

Male parta male dilabuntur - What has been wrongly gained is wrongly lost.(Cicero)

Malum consilium quod mutari non potest - It's a bad plan that can't be changed. (Publilius Syrus)

Malum prohibitum - A prohibited wrong. A crime that society decides is wrong for some reason, not inherently evil

Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono - There is, to be sure, no evil without something good. (Pliny the Elder)

Manus in manu - Hand in hand

Manus manum lavat - One hand washes the other. The favor for the favor. (Petronius)

Mare clausum - A closed sea

Mare liberum - An open sea

Mare nostrum - Our sea. (Mediterranean)

Margaritas ante porcos - Pearls before swine. To give something valuable to someone not respecting it

Mater artium necessitas - Necessity is the mother of invention

Mater dolorosa - Sorrowful mother. (Virgin Mary)

Materfamilias - Mother of family

Materia medica - Medical matter

Materiam superabat opus - The workmanship was better than the subject matter. (Ovid)

Maxima debetur puero reverentia - We owe the greatest respect to a child

Maximus in minimis - Great in little things

Me fallit - I do not know

Me iudice - In my judgement

Mea culpa - Through my fault

Mea maxima culpa - Through my very great fault

Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo - My conscience means more to me than all speech. (Cicero)

Medice, cura te ipsum! - Physician, heal thyself! (Versio Vulgata)

Medici graviores morbos asperis remediis curant - Doctors cure the more serious diseases with harsh remedies. (Curtius Rufus)

Medicus curat, natura sanat - The physician treats, nature cures

Medio tutissimus ibis - You will go safest in the middle. (Moderation in all things) (Ovid)

Meliora cogito - I strive for the best

Melius est praevenire quam praeveniri - Better to forestall than to be forestalled

Melius frangi quam flecti - It is better to break than to bend

Memento mori - Remember that you must die

Memento vivere - A reminder of life (literally remember that you have to live)

Memorabilia - Memorable things

Memorandum - A note of; a thing to be remembered

Memoria in aeterna - In everlasting remembrance

Memoriter - From memory

Mendacem memorem esse oportet - A liar needs a good memory. (Quintilianus)

Mens agitat molem - The mind moves the matter. (Vergil)

Mens rea - Guilty mind

Mens regnum bona possidet - An honest heart is a kingdom in itself. (Seneca)

Mens sana in corpore sano - A sound mind in a sound body. (Juvenalis)

Mens sibi conscia recti - A mind conscious of its rectitude

Meum pactum dictum - My word is my bond

Mihi cura futuri - My concern is the future

Millennium (millennia) - A thousand year period

Mirabile dictu - Wonderful to say/relate

Mirabile visu - Wonderful to behold

Miserere - Have mercy

Missa solemnis - Solemn Mass. (high Mass)

Mittimus - We send (to prison)

Modus agendi - Manner of operation

Modus operandi (m.o.) - Way of operating

Modus vivendi - Way of living

Monstra mihi pecuniam! - Show me the money!

Moratorium - A delay

Morituri te salutant - Those who are about to die salute you

Mors ultima linea rerum est - Death is everything's final limit. (Horace)

Mors ultima ratio - Death is the final accounting

Mortui non mordant - Dead me don't bite; Dead men tell no tale

Motu proprio - Of one's own initiative

Mulier taceat in ecclesia - Let the woman be silent in church. (Paul)

Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur - Many fear their reputation, few their conscience. (Pliny)

Multi sunt vocati, pauci vero electi - Many are called [but] few are chosen

Multis post annis - Many years later

Multum in parvo - Much in little. (small but significant)

Multum, non multa - Much, not many (quality not quantity)

Mundus vult decipi - The world wants to be deceived

Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur - The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived!

Munit haec et altera vincit - One defends and the other conquers

Mus uni non fidit antro - A mouse does not rely on just one hole. (Plautus)

Musica delenit bestiam feram - Music soothes the savage beast

Mutatis mutandis - The necessary changes having been made

Mutatis mutandis - The things that ought to have changed having been changed with the necessary substitutions having been made

Mutato nomine - The name being changed