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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Cacoethes scribendi - An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)

Cadit quaestio - The question drops

Caeca invidia est - Envy is blind. (Livy)

Caeci caecos ducentes - Blind leading the blind

Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei - The heavens declare the glory of God

Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt - They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea. (Horace)

Caelum videre iussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus - He bid them look at the sky and lift their faces to the stars. (Ovid)

Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris - If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar

Camera obscvra - Hidden room

Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet - A timid dog barks more violently than it bites. (Curtius Rufus)

Carpe diem - Seize the day. (opportunity) (Horace)

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero - Seize the day, trust as little as possible in tomorrow. (Horace)

Casus belli - Event (that is the justification for, or the cause) of war

Causa mortis - Death Cause

Causarum justia et misericordia - For the causes of justice and mercy

Cave ab homine unius libri - Beware of anyone who has just one book. (Latin Epigram)

Cave canem - Beware of the dog

Cave cibum, valde malus est - Beware the food, it is very bad

Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui - Beware what you say, when, and to whom

Cave - Beware!

Caveat emptor - Let the buyer beware. (He buys at his own risk)

Caveat venditor - Let the seller beware

Caveat - Let him/her beware

Cedant arma togae - Let arms yield to the toga. (Let violence give place to law)

Cedo maiori - I yield to a greater person

Certum est, quia impossibile - It is certain, because it is impossible. (Tertullianus)

Cetera desunt - The rest is missing

Ceteris paribus - All else being equal

Christus rex - Christ the King

Cineri gloria sera venit - Fame comes too late to the dead

Circa (c.) - Approximately

Clara pacta, boni amici - Clear agreements, good friends

Codex Juris Canonici - Book of canon law

Cogito, ergo sum - I think, therefore I am. (Reni Descartes)

Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debet - No person ought to have advantage from his own wrong

Commune bonum - The common good

Commune periculum concordiam parit - Common danger brings forth harmony

Communi consilio - By common consent

Compos mentis - Of sound mind (and judgement)

Concordia discors - Discordant harmony

Concordia res parvae crescent - Work together to accomplish more

Conditio sine qua non - Condition without which not, or an essential condition or requirement

Confer (cf.) - Compare

Confiteor - I confess

Congregatio de Propaganda Fide - Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith

Coniecturalem artem esse medicinam - Medicine is the art of guessing. (Aulus Cornelius Celsus)

Coniunctis viribus - With united powers

Conlige suspectos semper habitos - Round up the usual suspects

Consensu omnium - By the agreement of all

Consensus audacium - An agreement of rash men. (a conspiracy) (Cicero)

Consuetudinis magna vis est - The force of habit is great. (Cicero)

Consule Planco - In the consulship of Plancus (In the good old days) (Horace)

Consummatum est - It is completed (Christ's last words, John 19:30)

Contra felicem vix deus vires habet - Against a lucky man a god scarcely has power

Contra mundum - Against the world

Contraria contrariis curantur - The opposite is cured with the opposite. (Hippocrates)

Coram populo - In the presence of the people. (Horace)

Cornix cornici oculos non effodiet - A crow doesn't rip out the eyes of another crow

Cornucopia - Horn of plenty

Corpus christi - The body of Christ

Corpus delicti - The body of a crime. (The substance or fundamental facts of a crime)

Corpus Juris Canonici - The body of canon law

Corpus Juris Civilis - The body of civil law

Corpus vile - Worthless body

Corrigenda - A list of things to be corrected. (in a book)

Corruptio optimi pessima - Corruption of the best is worst

Cotidiana vilescunt - Familiarity breeds contempt

Cotidie damnatur qui semper timet - The man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)

Cras amet qui nunquam amavit; Quique amavit, cras amet - May he love tomorrow who has never loved before

Credite amori vera dicenti - Believe love speaking the truth. (St. Jerome)

Credo quia absurdum - I believe it because it is absurd. (contrary to reason) (Tertullian)

Credo ut intelligam - I believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)

Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit - Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)

Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crevit - The love of wealth grows as the wealth itself grew. (Juvenalis)

Crescite et multiplicamini - Increase and multiply

Crimen falsi - Perjury

Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem - It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)

Crux - Puzzle

Cui bono? - For whose benefit is it? (a maxim sometimes used in the detection of crime) (Cicero)

Cui dono lepidum novum libellum? - To whom do I give my new elegant little book? (Catullus)

Cui malo? - Who suffers a detriment?

Cui peccare licet peccat minus - One who is allowed to sin, sins less. (Ovid)

Cuius regio, eius religio - He who rules, his religion

Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare - Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one

Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia - Patience is the cure for all suffer

Culpa - A sin

Culpam poena premit comes - Punishment closely follows crime as its companion. (Horace)

Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt - When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults

Cum grano salis - With a grain of salt. (Pliny the Elder?)

Cum laude magnum - With great success

Cum laude - With praise

Cum tacent, clamant - When they remain silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)

Cum - With

Cura nihil aliud nisi ut valeas - Pay attention to nothing except that you do well. (Cicero)

Cura posterior - A later concern

Cura ut valeas - Take care

Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent - Slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless. (minor losses can be talked away, profound ones strike us dumb)

Curriculum vitae - The course of one's life

Cursum perficio - My journey is over, or I finish my journey

Custos morum - Guardian of morals