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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Nam et ipsa scientia potestas es - Knowledge is power. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Nascentes morimur - From the moment we are born, we begin to die

Natale solum - Native soil

Natura abhorret a vacua - Nature abhors a vacuum

Natura in minima maxima - Nature is the greatest in the smallest things

Natura nihil fit in frustra - Nature does nothing in vain

Natura, artis magistra - Nature, the mistress of art

Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret - You can drive nature out with a pitchfork but she always comes back

Navigare necesse est - To sail is necessary

Ne cede malis - Yield not to evils

Ne nimium - Not too much

Ne plus ultra - No further. Impassable obstacle

Ne quid nimis - Nothing in excess. (Terence)

Nec laudas nisi mortuos poetas: tanti non est, ut placeam, perire - If only dead poets are praised, I'd rather go unsung

Nec mortem effugere quisquam nec amorem potest - No one is able to flee from death or love

Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te - I am able to live / I can live neither with you, nor without you. (Martial)

Nec verbum verbo curabis reddere fidus interpres - As a true translator you will take care not to translate word for word. (Horace)

Necesse est multos timeat quem multi timent - He must fear many, whom many fear. (Laberius)

Necessitas non habet legem - Necessity knows no law

Nemine contradicente (nem. con.) - With no one speaking in opposition. Unanimously

Nemine dissentiente (nem. diss.) - With no one disagreeing

Nemo ante mortem beatus - Nobody is blessed before his death. We never know what is future preparing for us!

Nemo autem regere potest nisi qui et regi - Moreover, there is no one who can rule unless he can be ruled. (Seneca)

Nemo dat quod non habet - No one gives what he does not have

Nemo gratis mendax - No man lies freely. A person with no reason to lie is telling the truth

Nemo hic adest illius nominis - There is no one here by that name

Nemo liber est qui corpori servit - No one is free who is a slave to his body

Nemo malus felix - No bad man is lucky. (Juvenal)

Nemo me impune lacessit - No one provokes me with impunity. (motto of the Kings of Scotland)

Nemo nisi mors - Nobody except death (will part us). (Inscription in the wedding ring of the Swedish Queen Katarina Jagellonica)

Nemo propheta in patria sua - No one is considered a prophet in his hometown/homeland

Nemo repente fuit turpissimus - No one ever became thoroughly bad in one step. (Juvenal)

Nemo risum praebuit, qui ex se coepit - Nobody is laughed at, who laughs at himself. (Seneca)

Nemo saltat sobrius nisi forte insanit - Nobody dances sober unless he's insane

Nemo saltat sobrius - No man dances sober

Nemo sine vitio est - No one is without fault. (Seneca the Elder)

Nemo surdior est quam is qui non audiet - No man is more deaf than he who will not hear

Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum - No man by fearing reaches the top. (Syrus)

Nervos belli, pecuniam. (Nervus rerum.) - The nerve of war, money. (The nerve of things.) (Cicero)

Nescio quid dicas - I don't know what you're talking about

Nihil ad rem - Nothing to do with the point

Nihil agere delectat - It is pleasant to do nothing. (Cicero)

Nihil aliud scit necessitas quam vincere - Necesssity knows nothing else but victory. (Syrus)

Nihil est ab omni parte beatum - Nothing is good in every part. (Horace)

Nihil est incertius volgo - Nothing is more uncertain than the (favour of the) crowd. (Cicero)

Nihil est miserum nisi cum putes - Nothing is unfortunate if you don't consider it unfortunate. (Boethius)

Nihil obstat - Nothing stands in the way

Nihil sub sole novum - Nothing new under the sun

Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit - No fort is so strong that it cannot be taken with money. (Cicero)

Nihil - Nothing

Nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum - Thinking nothing done, while anything was yet to do

Nil actum reputa si quid superest agendum - Don't consider that anything has been done if anything is left to be done. (Lucan)

Nil admirari - To admire nothing. (Horace)

Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit - Not much worth is an example that solves one quarrel with another. (Horace)

Nil desperandum! - Never despair! (Horace)

Nil homini certum est - Nothing is certain for man. (Ovid)

Nil sine numine - Nothing without the Divine Will

Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis - Unless you will have believed, you will not understand. (St. Augustine)

Nisi prius - Unless previously

Nisi - Unless

Nolens volens - Whether one likes it or not; willing or unwilling

Noli equi dentes inspicere donati - Do not look a gift horse in the mouth. (St. Jerome)

Noli me tangere! - Don't touch me! (Versio Vulgata)

Noli nothis permittere te terere - Don_t let the bastards get you down

Noli turbare circulos meos! - Don't upset my calculations! (Archimedes)

Nolle prosequi - Do not pursue

Nolo contendere - I do not wish to contend

Nomen est omen - The name is the sign

Nomina stultorum parietibus haerent - The names of foolish persons adhere to walls (Fools names and fools faces are often seen in public places.)

Nominatim - By name

Non bis in idem - Not twice for the same thing

Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat - It's not the heat, it's the humidity

Non compos mentis - Not in possession of one's senses

Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poema - I don't care. If it doesn't rhyme, it isn't a poem

Non erravi perniciose! - I did not commit a fatal error!

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via - There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. (Seneca)

Non est ei similis - There is no one like him

Non est mea culpa - It's not my fault

Non est vivere sed valere vita est - Life is not being alive but being well (life is more than just being alive)

Non ignara mali, miseris succurrere disco - No stranger to misfortune [myself] I learn to relieve the sufferings [of others

Non licet - It is not allowed

Non liquet - It is not clear

Non mihi, non tibi, sed nobis - Not for you, not for me, but for us

Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis - We do not fear death, but the thought of death. (Seneca)

Non multa, sed multum - Not many, but much. (Meaning, not quantity but quality) (Plinius)

Non nobis, Domine - Not unto us, O Lord

Non omne quod licet honestum est - Not everything that is permitted is honest. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Non omne quod nitet aurum est - Not all that glitters is gold

Non omnes qui habemt citharam sunt citharoedi - Not all those who own a musical instrument are musicians. (Bacon)

Non omnia moriar - Not all of me will die. (Horace)

Non omnia possumus omnes - Not all of us are able to do all things (We can't all do everything.) (Virgil)

Non omnis moriar - Not all of me will die. (his works would live forever) (Horace)

Non placet - It does not please

Non plus ultra! (Nec plus ultra!) - Nothing above that!

Non prosequitur - He does not proceed

Non quis, sed quid - Not who, but what

Non scholae sed vitae discimus - We do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)

Non semper erit aestas - It will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)

Non sequitur - It does not follow

Non serviam - I will not serve

Non sibi sed suis - Not for one's self but for one's people

Non sibi, sed patriae - Not for you, but for the fatherland

Non sum qualis eram - I am not what / of what sort I was (I'm not what I used to be.)

Non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum - Do not take as gold everything that shines like gold

Non uno die roma aedificata est - Rome was not built in one day (either)

Non ut edam vivo, sed vivam edo - I do not live to eat, but eat to live. (Quintilianus)

Nosce te ipsum - Know thyself. (Inscription at the temple of Apollo in Delphi.)

Nota bene (nb.) - Note well. Observe carefully

Novus homo - A new Man; a man who was the first in his family to be elected to an office

Novus ordo seculorum - A new order of the ages. (appears on the U.S. one dollar bill)

Nulla avarita sine poena est - There is no avarice without penalty. (Seneca)

Nulla dies sine linea - Not a day without a line. Do something every day! (Apeles, Greek painter)

Nulla regula sine exceptione - There is no rule/law without exception

Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est - Nothing is so expensive as that which you have bought with pleas. (Seneca)

Nulla vit melior quam bona - There's no life better than a good life

Nulli expugnabilis hosti - Conquered by no enemy. (motto of Gibraltar)

Nulli secundus - Second to none

Nullius in verba - (Rely) on the words on no one. (Horace)

Nullo metro compositum est - It doesn't rhyme

Nullum crimen sine lege, nulla poena sine lege - No crime and no punishment without a (preexisting) law

Nullum est iam dictum quod non dictum sit prius - Nothing is said that hasn't been said before. (Terence)

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae - There is no one great ability without a mixture of madness

Nullum quod tetiget non ornavit - He touched none he did not adorn

Nullum saeculum magnis ingeniis clausum est - No generation is closed to great talents. (Seneca)

Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit - There is no book so bad that it is not profitable on some part. (Pliny the Younger)

Numen - Divine power

Numero pondere et mensura Deus omnia condidit - God created everything by number, weight and measure. (Isaac Newton)

Numerus clausus - A restricted number

Numquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicit - Never does nature say one thing and wisdom say another

Numquam non paratus - Never unprepared

Numquam se minus solum quam cum solus esset - You are never so little alone as when you are alone. (Cicero)

Nunc aut nunquam - Now or never

Nunc dimittis - Now you let [your servant] depart

Nunc est bibendum - Now we must drink. (Horace)

Nunc pro tunc - Now for then retroactive