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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Habeas corpus - You must have the body, i.e. You must justify an imprisonment

Habemus Papam - We have a pope. (used at the announcement of a new pope)

Hac lege - With this law

Haec olim meminisse ivvabit - Time heals all things, i.e. Wounds, offenses

Hannibal ante portas! - Hannibal is at the doors! The enemy/danger is at the doors!

Haud ignota loquor - I say things that are known

Helluo librorum - A glutton for books. (bookworm)

Hic et nunc - Here and now

Hic habitat felicitas - Here dwells happiness

Hic jacet (HJ) - Here lies. (written on gravestones or tombs)

Hic jacet sepultus (HJS) - Here lies buried

Hinc illae lacrimae - Hence these tears. (Terence)

Historia est vitae magistra - The history is the tutor of life

Hoc erat in votis - This was among my prayers

Hoc est in votis - This is in my prayers

Hoc est verum et nihili nisi verum - This is the truth and nothing but the truth

Hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frvi - To live twice is to make useful profit from one's past. Experience is the best teacher, so learn from it

Hoc natura est insitum, ut quem timueris, hunc semper oderis - It's an innate thing to always hate the one we've learnt to fear

Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit - In these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate. (Terence)

Hodie mihi, cras tibi - Today for me, tomorrow for you

Homines libenter quod volunt credunt - Men believe what they want to. (Terentius)

Homines, dum docent, discunt - Men learn while they teach. (Seneca)

Homo doctus is se semper divitias habet - A learned man always has wealth within himself

Homo homini lupus - Man is a wolf to man

Homo praesumitur bonus donec probetur malus - One is innocent until proven guilty

Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit - Man proposes, but God disposes

Homo sum - I am a man

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto - I am human, therefore nothing human is strange to me

Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est - Man has been lent to life, not given. (Pubilius Syrus)

Honor virutis preamium - Honour is the reward of virtue

Honores mutant mores - The honours change the customs. (Power corrupts)

Honoris causa (h.c.) - As in doctorate, an honorary degree

Horas non numero nisi serenas - I count only the bright hours. (Inscription on ancient sundials)

Horribile dictu - Horrible to tell

Horror vacui - Fear of empty places

Hostis humani generis - Enemy of the human race