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.


"Latin" inscription on a dog bowl

 
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 12:39 - Bad Latin Quote Alerts
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Bought this the other day without looking too closely. Nice fleur-de-lis bowl. Imagine my surprise when I realized that this object proudly displays a small heraldic achievement with this motto: Diligo meus canis - Love my dog - Diligo meus canis. If you know any Latin at all you should notice two glaring grammatical errors. Meus and canis are taken in their standard dictionary forms, as is diligo, but the gods of Latin smiled upon the creators of the bowl, because the dictionary form for verbs just happens to be grammatically correct in this context... Diligo meum canem would be much better. As ridiculous as Google Translate is, it would have produced a much more acceptable result.

Liberation Philology Apps for Latin and Greek

 
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 18:26 - Ancient Greek Language, Latin Language
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Greek and Latin apps for iOS are often somewhat disappointing. "Liberation Philology" apps don't promise much, but they certainly deliver. They actually make several apps for a number of languages, all based on the same engine. Even Old Norse can now be studied on an iPad. For our purposes, Latin and Greek are sufficient. The design of the apps is very simple. You can choose to study Vocabulary, Nouns or Verbs. There are also paradigms that you can review. The app has a nice flow to it (I tested the Greek version). You don't have to make too many selections while using it. I did not see any errors, although at first I missed the fact that there are two types of questions for verb parsing. Sometimes you have to identify a form and sometimes you are asked to pick the form that corresponds to a specific morphological description.

Liberation philology apps easily get lost when you simply search the AppStore for Latin or Greek. So, if this is something that you might be interested in, check them out. They are not free, but still not expensive ($2.99).

Searchable database of Latin phrases

 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 15:59 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings, Software
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Happy to announce that my new searchable database of Latin quotations is up and running! The interface is very simple and intuitive, you only need Flash installed on your computer (a standalone version is possible, but I am not currently planning on making one). You can search for Latin or English words. Please, try it out and let everybody know about this new tool:

Latin phrases. A searchable database.

If you have ideas for other Latin software projects, don't hesitate to contact me.

Past, Present and Future. Quote from Augustine?

 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 15:35 - Church (Christian, Ecclesiastical etc.) Latin, Philosophy
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This phrase is often attributed to St. Augustine: "Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love, and the future to God's providence."

Here's the scoop. I simply cannot find any direct match for this quote in Latin, in Augustine or elsewhere. The earliest date that I could find for the use of the English version is 1906 ("The Manual of the Holy Catholic Church" by James McGovern). The quote has no attribution there, but it is followed by a quote from St. Augustine! The vast majority of French versions are unattributed. Interestingly, François de Sales is quoted as the originator of this particular phrase: "il faut abandonner le passé à la miséricorde de Dieu, le présent à notre fidélité, l'avenir à la Divine Providence." Note how the middle is changed from God's love to our faithfulness. This would seem to indicate that de Sales knew a similar quote and simply modified it. Unfortunately, I cannot find his French quote in a complete French edition and there is no Latin edition available. Also, in 19th century French texts there is a phrase that only contains references to past and future. Nothing too interesting came out of my research on the Italian and German versions of the phrase.

It looks as if at some point a rather commonplace phrase was ascribed to Augustine, or perhaps someone felt that it expressed his understanding of things. Just like Tertullian never actually said, "Credo quia absudrum." I think, we have a modern-day Pseudo-Augustine quote!

See also:
Church Latin Introduction
Latin quotes and sayings


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