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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Pace tua - With your consent

Pace - By leave of

Pacta sunt servanda - Agreements are to be kept. (Cicero)

Pactum serva - Keep the faith

Pallida mors - Pale Death. (Horace)

Palmam qui meruit ferat - Let him who has earned it bear the reward

Panem et circenses - Bread and circuses. Food and games to keep people happy. (Juvenalis)

Par pare refero - I return like for like tit for tat retaliation

Parens patriae - Parent of the country

Pares cum paribus - Like persons with like persons. Birds of a feather flock together

Pari passu - With equal pace

Pars maior lacrimas ridet et intus habet - You smile at your tears but have them in your heart. (Martialis)

Particeps criminis - Partner in crime

Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus - Mountains will be in labour, and an absurd mouse will be born. (all that work and nothing to show for it)

Parva leves capiunt animas - Small things occupy light minds (small things amuse small minds)

Parva scintilla saepe magnam flamam excitat - The small sparkle often initiates a large flame

Passim - All through

Pater familias - Father of the family

Pater historiae - The father of history

Pater noster - Our Father (The first words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin)

Pater patriae - Father of the country

Patria est communis omnium parens - Our native land is the common parent of us all. (Cicero)

Patris est filius - He is his father's son

Paucis verbis - In a few words

Paupertas omnium artium repertrix - Poverty [is the] inventor of all the arts necessity is the mother of invention

Pax et bonum! - Peace and salvation!

Pax tecum - May peace be with you (Singular)

Pax vobiscum - May peace be with you (Plural)

Pax - Peace

Peccatum tacituritatis - Sin of silence

Peccavi - I have sinned

Pecunia non olet - Money has no smell. Money doesn't stink. (don't look a gift horse in the mouth) (Vespasianus)

Pecuniate obediunt omnia - All things obey money

Pede poena claudo - Punishment comes limping. Retribution comes slowly, but surely. (Horace)

Pendente lite - While a suit is pending

Penetralia mentis - The innermost recesses of the mind. Heart of hearts

Per accidens - By accident

Per angusta in augusta - Through difficulties to great things

Per annum (p.a.) - Yearly

Per ardua ad astra - Through difficulties to the stars

Per aspera ad astra - Through the thorns to the stars

Per capita - Per head

Per cent (per centum) - Per hundred

Per contra - On the contrary

Per diem - Per day; daily allowance

Per fas et nefas - Through right or wrong

Per impossibile - As is impossible a way to qualify a proposition that cannot ever be true

Per mensem - Monthly

Per procurationem (per pro) - By delegation to

Per se - By or in itself

Per varios usus artem experientia fecit - Through different exercises practice has brought skill. (Manilius)

Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim - Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)

Periculum in mora - There is danger in delay. (Livy)

Perpetuo vincit qui utitur clementia - He is forever victor who employs clemency. (Syrus)

Perpetuum mobile - Perpetual motion

Persona (non) grata - (un)welcome person

Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes - Flatterers are the worst type of enemies

Pessimus inimicorum genus, laudantes - The worst kind of enemies, those who can praise. (Tacitus)

Petitio principii - An assumption at the start

Philosophum non facit barba! - The beard does not define a philosopher. (Plutarch)

Pictor ignotus - Painter unknown

Pinxit - He/she painted it

Placebo - I will please. Medical expression for remedies with no medical effect, which improve one's medical condition only because one believes they do

Placet - It pleases

Pleno iure - With full authority

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate - Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily (Ockham)

Plusque minusque - More or less

Poeta nascitur, non fit - The poet is born, not made

Pone ubi sol non lucet! - Put it where the sun don't shine!

Possunt quia posse videntur - They can because they think they can

Post bellum - After the war

Post coitem - After sexual intercourse

Post factum - After the fact

Post hoc ergo propter hoc - After this, therefore because of this

Post hoc - After this

Post meridiem (p.m.) - After midday

Post mortem - After death. (nowadays, the autopsy performed by a coroner)

Post obitum - After death

Post partum - After childbirth

Post proelia praemia - After the battles come the rewards

Post scriptum (ps) - After what has been written

Post tenebras lux - After the darkness, light

Potest ex casa magnus vir exire - A great man can come from a hut. (Seneca)

Potius mori quam foedari - Rather to die than to be dishonoured (death before dishonour)

Potius sero quam numquam - It's better late than never. (Livy)

Praemonitus, praemunitus - Forewarned, forearmed

Praetio prudentia praestat - Prudence supplies a reward

Prima facie - At first sight; on the face of it. (in law, an obvious case that requires no further proof)

Primum mobile - Prime mover

Primum non nocere - The first thing is to do no harm. (Hippocratic oath)

Primum viveri deinde philosophari - Live before you philosophize, or Leap before you look

Primus inter pares - First among equals

Principiis obsta - Resist the beginnings

Pro bono (pro bono publico) - For the good of the public

Pro di immortales! - Good Heavens!

Pro et contra - For and against

Pro forma - As a matter of formality

Pro hac vice - For this occaision

Pro memoria - For a memorial

Pro nunc - For now

Pro opportunitate - As circumstances allow

Pro patria - For one's country

Pro rata - In proportion to the value. (per hour for example)

Pro re nata (prn) - For an occasion as it arises

Pro se - On one's own behalf

Pro tanto - So far

Pro tempore (pro tem.) - For the time being

Probae esti in segetem sunt deteriorem datae fruges, tamen ipsae suaptae enitent - A good seed, planted even in poor soil, will bear rich fruit by its own nature. (Accius)

Probatum est - It has been proved

Probitas laudatur et alget - Honesty is praised and left in the cold. (Juvenal)

Promotor fidei - Promoter of the faith

Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris - It is human nature to hate a person whom you have injured

Proxime accessit - He/she came close

Proximo (prox.) - Of the next month

Proximus sum egomet mihi - I am closest to myself. (Charity begins at home.) (Terence)

Pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractant - Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things

Pulvis et umbra sumus - We are dust and shadow. (Horace)

Puri sermonis amator - A lover of pure speech. (Terence)

Puris omnia pura - To the pure all things are pure