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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Da mihi basia mille - Kiss me with a thousand kisses

Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo! - Make me chaste and pure, but not yet!

Damnant quod non intellegunt - They condemn what they do not understand

Data et accepta - Expenditure and receipts

De asini umbra disceptare - To argue about the shadow of an ass. (petty things for petty mind)

De bene esse - It shall be so, as long as it is well

De die in diem - From day to day

De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum - Of two evils, the lesser must always be chosen (Thomas a Kempis)

De facto - Something that is automatically accepted

De gustibus non est disputandum - There's no accounting for taste

De integro - Repeat again from the start

De iure - By law. According to law

De minimis non curat praetor - The authority or king, or law does not care about trivial things

De minimis - With respect to trifles

De mortuis nil nisi bonum - Say nothing but good about the dead. (Chilon)

De nihilo nihil - Nothing comes from nothing. (Lucretius)

De novo - Anew

De profundis - Up from the depths (of misery)

De rerum natvra - On the nature of things. (title of Marcus Aurelius's magnum opus)

Decrevi - I have decreed

Dei gratia - By the grace of God

Delenda est carthago - Carthage must be destroyed

Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit - The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn. (Horace)

Deo adiuvante - With God's help

Deo favente - With God's favour

Deo gratias - [We give] thanks to God

Deo Optimo Maximo - To God, the Best, the Greatest

Deo vindice - God our defender. (motto of the Confederate States of America)

Deo volente - God willing

Desunt cetera - The rest is missing

Deus absconditus - A god who is hidden from man

Deus commodo muto consisto quem meus canis sententia existo - Which, in a very ham fisted way, with generosity, comes close to being

Deus et natua non faciunt frusta - God and nature do not work together in vain

Deus ex machina - A contrived or artificial solution. (literally, 'a god from a machine')

Deus misereatur - May God Have Mercy

Deus vobiscum - God be with you

Deus volent - (as) God will

Deus vult! - God wills it! (Slogan of the Crusades)

Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient

Dies Irae - Day of Wrath, or Judgment Day

Dies natalis - Birthday

Difficile est longum subito deponere amorem - It is difficult to suddenly give up a long love. (Catullus)

Difficile est saturam non scribere - It is hard not to write satire. (Juvenalis)

Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas - It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. (Pliny the Younger)

Diis aliter visum - The Gods decided otherwise

Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium - Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. (Seneca)

Diligite justitiam, o judices terrae - Cherish justice, o judges of the earth

Dimidium facti qui coepit habet - Half is done when the beginning is done. (Horace)

Dira necessitas - The dire necessity. (Horace)

Discere docendo - To learn through teaching

Disiecti membra poetae - Limbs of a dismembered poet. (Horace)

Disjecta membra - The scattered remains

Divide et impera - Divide and conquer

Dixi - I have spoken. (I will say no more on the matter, and no one else may speak further)

Do ut des - I give so that you give back

Docendo discitur - It is learned by teaching. (Seneca)

Doli capax - Capable of crime

Domine, dirige nos - Lord, direct us

Domino optimo maximo - To the Lord, the best and greatest

Dominus illuminatio mea - The Lord is my light

Dominus providebit - The Lord will provide

Dominus tecum - May the Lord be with you (Singular)

Dominus vobiscum - May the Lord be with you (Plural)

Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos - As long as you are fortunate, you will have many friends (when you are successful, everyone wants to be your friend)

Donna nobis pacem - Grant us peace

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus - Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon. (motto of Harry Potter's alma mater)

Dramatis personae - Characters of the play

Dulce bellum inexpertis - War is sweet for those who haven't experienced it. (Pindaros)

Dulce est desipere in loco - It is sweet to relax at the proper time

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - It is sweet and glorious to die for one's country. (Horace)

Dulcius ex asperis - Through difficulty, sweetness

Dum excusare credis, accusas - When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself. (St. Jerome)

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)

Dura lex, sed lex - The law is harsh, but it is the law