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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E contrario - From a contrary position

E pluribus unum - From many, one (motto of the USA)

E re nata - As circumstances dictate

E vestigio - From where one stands

Ecce homo - Behold the man

Ecce signum - Behold the proof

Editio princeps - First printed edition

Ego et rex meus - I and my King

Ego me bene habeo - With me all is well. (last words) (Burrus)

Ego nolo caesar esse - I don't want to be Caesar. (Florus)

Ego spem pretio non emo - I do not purchase hope for a price. (I do not buy a pig in a poke.)

Ego - Consciousness of one's own identity

Eheu fugaces labuntur anni - Alas, the fleeting years slip by. (Horace)

Eiusdem generis - Of the same kind

Emeritus - Honorary; by merit

Emitte lucem et veritatem - Send out light and truth

Ense et aratro - With sword and plow

Eo ipso - By that very act

Eo nomine - Under that name

Epistula non erubescit - A letter doesn't blush. (Cicero)

Eram quod es, eris quod sum - I was what you are, you will be what I am. (grave inscription)

Ergo bibamus - Therefore, let us drink

Ergo - Therefore

Errare humanum est - To err is human. / It is human to err. (Seneca)

Errata - A list of errors (in a book)

Erratum (errata) - Error (errors)

Esse est percipi - Being is perception. (It is a standard metaphysical) (Mauser)

Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem (state motto of North Carolina)

Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis - Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. (St. Augustine)

Est deus in nobis - There is a god inside us

Est modus in rebus - There is a middle ground in things. (Horace)

Est queadam fiere voluptas - There is a certain pleasure in weeping. (Ovid)

Esto perpetue - May you last for ever

Et alii/aliae - Other persons/things

Et cetera/etcetera (etc.) - And the rest

Et in arcadia ego - I, also, am in Arcadia

Et sequens (et seq.) - And the following

Et sequentes (et seq. Or seqq.) - And those that follow

Et sic de ceteris - And so to of the rest

Et tu, Brute - And you, Brutus

Et uxor (abbreviated et ux.) - And wife

Etiam capillus unus habet umbram - Even one hair has a shadow. (Publilius Syrus)

Eventus stultorum magister - Events are the teacher of the stupid persons. Stupid people learn by experience, bright people calculate what to do

Ex abrupto - Without preparation

Ex abundancia cordis, os loquitor - From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

Ex animo - From the heart (sincerely)

Ex ante - Before the event, beforehand. (economics: based on prior assumptions)

Ex cathedra - From the chair. With authority (without argumentation)

Ex cearulo - Out of the blue

Ex curia - Out of court

Ex dolo - Intentionally

Ex gratia - Purely as a favour

Ex hypothesi - From the hypothesis. (i.e. The one under consideration)

Ex libris - From the Library (of)

Ex luna, scientia - From the moon, knowledge. (motto of Apollo 13)

Ex mea sententia - In my opinion

Ex more - According to custom

Ex nilhilo nihil fit - Nothing comes from nothing

Ex officio - By virtue of his office

Ex opere operato - By the work having been worked

Ex parte - By only one party to a dispute in the absence of the other

Ex post facto - After the fact, or Retrospectively

Ex proprio motu - Voluntarily

Ex silentio - From silence. (from lack of contrary evidence)

Ex tempore - Off the cuff, without preparation

Ex uno disce omnes - From one person learn all persons. (From one we can judge the rest)

Ex vi termini - By definition

Ex voto - According to one's vow

Ex - Out of

Excelsior - Ever upward. (state motto of New York)

Exceptio probat regulam de rebus non exceptis - An exception establishes the rule as to things not excepted

Exceptis excipiendis - Excepting what is to be excepted

Excitabat fluctus in simpulo - He was stirring up billows in a ladle. (He was raising a tempest in a teapot) (Cicero)

Excusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta - He who excuses himself, accuses himself (qui s'excuse, s'accuse)

Exeat - Permission for a temporary absence

Exegi monumentum aere perennius - I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze. (Horace)

Exempli gratia (e.g) - For the sake of example

Exeunt omnes - All go out. (A common stage direction in plays)

Exeunt - They go out

Exit - He/she goes out

Exitus acta probat - The outcome proves the deeds. (the end justifies the means) (Ovid)

Experientia docet stultos - Experience teaches fools

Experientia docet - Experience is the best teacher

Expressio unius est exclusio alterius - The mention of one thing may exclude others

Extempore - Without premeditation

Extinctus amabitur idem - The same [hated] man will be loved after he's dead. How quickly we forget. (Horace)

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus - Outside the Church [there is] no salvation. (A phrase of much disputed significance in Roman Catholic theology)

Extra territorium jus dicenti impune non paretur - The judgment (or the authority) of one who is exceeding his territorial jurisdiction is disobeyed with impunity