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.


Names for Businesses: Never Boring!

 
As I sat down to ponder what Latin words can be used for naming a business it did not take long before an actual company name came to my attention as a good example of, let's say, dubious appropriateness of a business name...

I decided to come up with a few ideas for companies that take pride in delivering goods or services very promptly. Some good suggestions would be to use such words as celer, velox, rapidus (fast). Then there is a nice verb "festinare". A sonorous name. There is even something festive about it:) Lo and behold, there is a company that is called "Festina" ("make haste!", an imperative). Well, the problem is that this company manufactures watches. Would you really want to have a watch that is fast? The only appropriate way of using this word in this context would be in the slogan "Festina lente" (make haste slowly). Now, that would be a clever way to describe what a good mechanism for keeping time is supposed to do! Also, this was a motto used by the famed Aldus Manutius, one of the greatest Renaissance book publishers.

In general, it seems that all good Latin names for businesses are already taken (and not used wisely, I must add). My advice would be to have a good look at Greek words. In fact, I may do some research in this area myself.

See also:
Restaurant Name Suggestions

Latin Quotes About Life (and inevitably about death...)

 
Due to increased demand, here is a fairly representable selection of Latin quotes about life. Naturally, the ancients rarely thought of life without brining death into the equasion.


Ad vitam paramus - We are preparing for life
Amor est vitae essentia - Love is the essence of life. (Robert B. Mackay)
Ampliat aetatis spatium sibi vir bonus; hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frui The good man extends the period of his life; it is to live twice, to enjoy with satisfaction the retrospect of our past life. (Martial)
Aqua vitae - Water of life
Ars longa, vita brevis - Art (work) is long, but life is short
Avarus, nisi cum poritur, nil recte facit A miser, until he dies, does nothing right
Bis vivit qui bene vivit - He lives twice who lives well
Brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longior - Our life is short but is made longer by misfortunes. (Publilius Syrus)
Conveniens vitae mors fuit ista suae That was a death conformable to his life. (Ovid)
Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit - Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)
Cum dubia et fragilis sit nobis vita tributa, in morte alterius spem to tibi ponere noli Seeing that life has been given us precarious and full of uncertainty, fix not your hopes on the death of another. (Cato)
Curriculum vitae - The course of one's life
Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem - As long as we are among humans, let us be humane. (Seneca)
Dum spiramus tuebimur - While we breathe, we shall defend
Dum spiro, spero - While I breathe, I hope. (Cicero)
Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum - While we have the time, let us do good
Dum vita est spes est - While life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope
Dum vivimus, vivamus - While we live, let us live (Epicurean philosophy)
Fama semper vivat - May his/her fame last forever
Historia est vitae magistra - The history is the tutor of life
Integer vitae scelerisque purus - Blameless of life and free from crime
Luctor et emergo - I struggle but I'll survive
Memento vivere - A reminder of life (literally remember that you have to live)
Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te - I am able to live / I can live neither with you, nor without you. (Martial)
Non ignara mali, miseris succurrere disco - No stranger to misfortune [myself, F.] I learn to relieve the sufferings [of others
Non scholae sed vitae discimus - We do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)
Primum viveri deinde philosophari - Live before you philosophize, or Leap before you look
Quod differtur, non aufertur - That which is postponed is not dropped. Inevitable is yet to happen. (Sir Thomas More)
Quod incepimus conficiemus - What we have begun we shall finish
Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivas - We should learn as long as we may live. (We live and learn.) (Seneca Philosophus)
Victoria et pro victoria vita Victory, and for victory life
Victoria, et per victoriam vita Victory, and through victory life
Vita mutatur, non tollitur - Life is changed, not taken away
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est - Life is more than merely staying alive
Vita sine libris mors est - Life without books is death
Vita turpis ne morti quidem honestae colum relinquit A life of shame leaves no room even for an honorable death. (Cicero)
Vitam impendere vero - To risk one's life for the truth
Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia - Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives. (Cicero)
Viva enim mortuorum in memoria vivorum est posita The life of the dead is retained in the memory of the living. (Cicero)
Vivat, crescat, floreat! - May he/she/it live, grow, and flourish!
Vive hodie - Live today (not tomorrow)
Vive ut vivas - Live that you may live
Vivere commune est, sed non commune mereri - Everybody lives; not everybody deserves to
Vivere disce, cogita mori - Learn to live; Remember death. (sundial inscription)
Vivos voco, mortuos plango- I call the living, I mourn the dead. (church bell inscription)
Vixit - He/she has lived

Latin Quotes on Flickr

 
Sunday, May 18, 2008, 11:11 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings, Learn Latin Language
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A delightful collection of Latin inscriptions from various time periods on Flickr. When I am less busy I plan to help out with translating some of them.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/55537263@N00/pool/

Translation of the Aeneid by C.S. Lewis

 
Saturday, May 17, 2008, 00:40 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Latin Translation, Poetry, Literature, Music
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A little rumor spreading here. I heard, on pretty good authority, that a verse translation of Virgil's Aeneid by C.S. Lewis is presently "in the hands" of a renowned Classicist. It is possible that the C.S. Lewis Foundation is going to publish it?

On a related note, C. S. Lewis once wrote about the Aeneid that no one "who has once read it with full perception remains an adolescent." Personally, I find this statement extremely profound and true.

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