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.


A diamond with a Templar Cross?

 
Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 21:09 - World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Knights Templar History
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It would have helped for the cross to be red!
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Why Latin?

 
Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 07:13 - Books, dictionaries and texts, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Latin Language, Reviews
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If anyone wishes to find out why exactly Latin maintains the position of the official language for everything that is profound and sacred, this book would be a great place to start: Francoise Waquet. Latin or the Empire of a Sign: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (London, 2003).


(The original French edition: Francoise Waquet. Le Latin, ou l'emploi d'un signe, XVIe-XXe siècle. (Paris: Albin Michel, 1998) This book also left me with one unanswered question. Waquet quotes Goethe's remarks concerning the great difficulty experienced by the German genius while learning Latin. The solution that he found was a book of rhymed Latin grammar. Thus far, I was unable to find out anything about that book.

Discite iustitiam moniti et non temnere divos!

 
I forgot to mention in the previous post that someone referred to the "Quod nutrit" motto as being Virgilian... Well, this one is truly from Virgil - A 6.620.

Discite iustitiam moniti et non temnere divos! - Having been warned, study justice and learn not to despise the gods!

This line appears over the entrance to old Law Courts (Blue Boar Street, Oxford). Here is a great article about this line: http://www.studiolum.com/en/silva2.htm

Quod me nutrit me destruit (What nourishes me also destroys me) -- Angelina Jolie's Tattoo

 
Angelina Jolie tattoo

To the best of my knowledge, this motto can be found in two places: on a portrait that is believed to be of Chistopher Marlowe, and on Angelina Jolie's belly (or thereabouts). The more familiar version of this motto is Qui me alit me extinguit - Who feeds me also extinguishes me. One emblematist in particular, Paolo Giovio (Paulus Jovius) gives quod alit etc. This version, most likely taken from an English rendition of Jovius' work by Samuel Daniel, can be also find in Shakespeare. Here is the complete entry from Daniel regarding this motto:

An amorous gentleman of Milan bare in his standard a torch figured burning and turning downward, whereby the melting wax, falling in great abundance, quencheth the flame; with this posy thereunto: Quod me alit me extinguit, alluding to a Lady whose beauty did foster his love and whose disdain did endamage his life.
The choice of a motto slightly varying in its wording (as found above or below, whichever the case may be) must be attributed to the desire to be original. At any rate, I would just like to note that in the same book there is another story with similar connotations:

A certain Gentleman having espoused a noble and virtuous wife, caused her to wear for her Impresa a Snail closed in here shell, as she remaineth all the winter, to defend her from the cold, with this posy, Proprio alitur succo: to signify that she should satisfie herself with the love of her own husband, even as the snail is nourished with her own moisture.

Proprio alitur succo - nourished with her own moisture. Pretty weird and disturbing in its own way... Anyway, just a thought, in case Angelina ever desires to tie the knot. This tattoo would go well with the one that she has. I will refrain from recommendations as to the placing of this motto on her ever so valuable real estate.

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