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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Labor omnia vincit - Work conquers all things. (Virgil)

Lacrima Christi - Christ's tear

Lapsus calami - A slip of the pen

Lapsus linguae - A slip of the tongue

Lapsus memoriae - A slip of the memory

Lares et penates - Household gods

Latet anguis in herba - A snake lies in the grass. (Vergil)

Latine dictum - Spoken in Latin

Laudant illa, sed ista legunt - Some (writing) is praised, but other is read. (Martialis)

Laudatores temporis acti - Praisers of time past

Laudem virtutis necessitati damus - We give to necessity the praise of virtue finding the benefit in what's needful

Laus Deo - Praise be to God

Lectio brevior lectio potior - The shortest reading is the more probable reading

Lector benevole - Kind reader

Lectori Salutem (L.S.) - Greetings to the reader

Legatus a latere - Advisor from the side

Lege atque lacrima - Read 'em and weep

Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus - We are slaves of the law so that we may be able to be free. (Cicero)

Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus - The burden is made light which is borne well. (Ovid)

Lex domicilii - The law of a person's home country

Lex fori - The law of the forum (country)

Lex loci - The law of the place

Lex mala, lex nulla - A bad law is no law. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Lex non scripta - The unwritten (common) law

Lex scripta - The written law

Lex talionis - The law of revenge

Libenter homines id quod volunt credunt - Men gladly believe that which they wish for. (Caesar)

Liberae sunt nostrae cogitationes - Our thoughts are free. (Cicero)

Libera te ex inferis - Save yourself from hell

Libertas inaestimabilis res est - Liberty is a thing beyond all price. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Liberum arbitrium - Free will

Libra solidus denarius (L.S.D.) - Pounds, shillings, pence

Licentia liquendi - Liberty of speaking

Licentia poetica - Poetic licence. (Seneca)

Licet - It is allowed

Lingua franca - Universal tongue

Literati - Men of letters

Litterae humaniores - The humanities

Loco citato (lc) - In the passage just quoted

Locum tenens - One occupying the place (used as an English noun meaning 'deputy')

Locus classicus - The most authoritative source, Classical passage

Locus delicti - The scene of the crime

Locus desperatus - A hopeless passage

Locus enim est principum generationis rerum - For place is the origin of things. (Roger Bacon)

Locus in quo - The place in which something happens

Locus poenitentiae - A place for repentance

Locus sigilli (l.s.) - The place of the seal

Locus standi - Place of standing

Longo intervallo - After a long gap

Loquitur (loq.) - He/she speaks

Luctor et emergo - I struggle but I'll survive

Lumen naturale - Natural light

Lupus est homo homini - Man is wolf to man

Lupus in fabula - The wolf in the tale (i.e. Speak of the wolf, and he will come) (Terence)

Lux et veritas - Light and Truth

Lux mundi - The light of the world