Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

Most texts and materials on this site have to do with the Latin language, including its perception in popular culture: movies, tattoos, inscriptions, engravings, bits of ancient philosophy, online Latin resources and company names. There is also information about learning Latin and Greek: textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs and software that can be used in a homeschooling environment.


King Charles' motto

 
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 13:44 - Poetry, Literature, Music, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Not talking about any historic King Charles here, but rather about the British musician whose stage name betrays his royal aspirations (actually, this makes me wonder whether England has any laws that discourage individuals who call themselves kings or queens). King Charles was part of the opening act during the recent Mumford & Sons tour. Did a pretty nice job, I think. On his MySpace site there is a header with a Latin motto: In mundo, sed non de mundo. - In the world, but not of the world. Note the distinct Christian connotations. Just another idea for someone researching Latin quotes for tattoos, mottos and what have you.

By the way, if anyone finds King Charles' mp3s for sale other than the EP entitled "Alone on the throne", I'd like to know about that.

Fireplace inscription

 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 02:13 - Legal Phrases and Expressions
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It appears that fireplaces, not unlike sundials were sometimes decorated with Latin inscriptions. This particular one reads IGNEM IN SINU NE ABSCONDAS. At least one source claims that this inscription can be found on many fireplaces. So far, I found no evidence of that.

Antique maps and compasses on CD

 
Saturday, October 30, 2010, 20:14 - World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern
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People often ask me about the source of the beautiful antique compass image that I use on this site. Well, today it will be revealed!

I have an old CD (practically antique in its own right) published in 1995, entitled "Extraordinary Cartographic Motifs". It has several compass images (some are possibly even more stunning than the one I used, but I like mine because of its black background). The images are in fairly good resolution. I might use them to make mugs or calendars one day :)

The closest thing I was able to find on Amazon is this:

Antique/Historical Clip Art Maps


Pulvis et umbra sumus

 
Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:15 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings
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Pulvis et umbra sumus
Translation: we are dust and shadows.

A few days ago I caught a little bit of "Gladiator" on television. Maximus is being told by his master to take it easy, if I remember correctly. "We are only dust and shadows," adds he. Not bad for a freedman, because the phrase is actually from Horace: Carm. 4.7.16. Movie makers (with the help of their consultants, of course) like going to Rome's great poets whenever they are stuck writing a dialogue. I suppose, this beats the alternative of regurgitating all the usual cliches...

You can find more uplifting Latin phrases here:
Sad quotes and locutions in Latin

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