Latin quotes, sayings and words of wisdom

There is an abundant amount of great sounding phrases that are scattered throughout original Latin literature, Classical and Medieval. Only a small number can be found here. If you are looking for specific themes and words in Latin quotes, I suggest that you take a look at my searchable database of Latin phrases. Also, I maintain a separate list of legal Latin maxims, only a few of those technical expressions are duplicated in this more general compilation. And don't miss my Latin motto generator!

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Beata Virgo (Maria) - The Blessed Virgin (Mary)

Beatae memoriae - Of blessed memory

Beati pacifici - Blessed are the peacemakers

Beati pauperes spiritu - Blessed are the poor in spirit

Beati possidentes - The happy who possess. (Euripides)

Beatus - The blessed one

Bella detesta matribus - Wars, the horror of mothers. (Horace)

Bella gerant alii - Let others wage war

Bellum omium contra omnes - Everyman's war against everyman. (Thomas Hobbes)

Belua multorum es capitum - You are a beast with many heads

Bene legere saecla vincere - To read well is to master the ages. (Professor Isaac Flagg)

Bene qui latuit, bene vixit - One who lives well, lives unnoticed. (Ovid)

Bene - Good

Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere - To accept a favour is to sell freedom. (Publilius Syrus)

Bibere venenum in auro - Drink poison from a cup of gold

Bis dat qui cito dat - He gives twice who quickly gives. (Publius Syrus)

Bis in die (bid) - Twice a day

Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit - He is doubly destroyed who perishes by his own arms. (Syrus)

Bis repetita placent - The things that please are those that are asked for again and again. (Horace)

Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria - He conquers twice who in the hour of conquest conquers himself. (Syrus)

Bis vivit qui bene vivit - He lives twice who lives well

Bona fide - In good faith. i. e. well

Bona fides (noun) - Honest intention

Bona fortuna - Good luck!

Bona officia - Good services

Bonum commune communitatis - General welfare. Literally, common good of the community

Bonum commune hominis - Common good of man

Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis - Good wine gladdens a person's heart

Brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longior - Our life is short but is made longer by misfortunes. (Publilius Syrus)