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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Pace tua - With your consent

Pace - By leave of

Pacta sunt servanda - Agreements are to be kept. (Cicero)

Pactum serva - Keep the faith

Pallida mors - Pale Death. (Horace)

Palmam qui meruit ferat - Let him who has earned it bear the reward

Panem et circenses - Bread and circuses. Food and games to keep people happy. (Juvenalis)

Par pare refero - I return like for like tit for tat retaliation

Parens patriae - Parent of the country

Pares cum paribus - Like persons with like persons. Birds of a feather flock together

Pari passu - With equal pace

Pars maior lacrimas ridet et intus habet - You smile at your tears but have them in your heart. (Martialis)

Particeps criminis - Partner in crime

Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus - Mountains will be in labour, and an absurd mouse will be born. (all that work and nothing to show for it)

Parva leves capiunt animas - Small things occupy light minds (small things amuse small minds)

Parva scintilla saepe magnam flamam excitat - The small sparkle often initiates a large flame

Passim - All through

Pater familias - Father of the family

Pater historiae - The father of history

Pater noster - Our Father (The first words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin)

Pater patriae - Father of the country

Patria est communis omnium parens - Our native land is the common parent of us all. (Cicero)

Patris est filius - He is his father's son

Paucis verbis - In a few words

Paupertas omnium artium repertrix - Poverty [is the] inventor of all the arts necessity is the mother of invention

Pax et bonum! - Peace and salvation!

Pax tecum - May peace be with you (Singular)

Pax vobiscum - May peace be with you (Plural)

Pax - Peace

Peccatum tacituritatis - Sin of silence

Peccavi - I have sinned

Pecunia non olet - Money has no smell. Money doesn't stink. (don't look a gift horse in the mouth) (Vespasianus)

Pecuniate obediunt omnia - All things obey money

Pede poena claudo - Punishment comes limping. Retribution comes slowly, but surely. (Horace)

Pendente lite - While a suit is pending

Penetralia mentis - The innermost recesses of the mind. Heart of hearts

Per accidens - By accident

Per angusta in augusta - Through difficulties to great things

Per annum (p.a.) - Yearly

Per ardua ad astra - Through difficulties to the stars

Per aspera ad astra - Through the thorns to the stars

Per capita - Per head

Per cent (per centum) - Per hundred

Per contra - On the contrary

Per diem - Per day; daily allowance

Per fas et nefas - Through right or wrong

Per impossibile - As is impossible a way to qualify a proposition that cannot ever be true

Per mensem - Monthly

Per procurationem (per pro) - By delegation to

Per se - By or in itself

Per varios usus artem experientia fecit - Through different exercises practice has brought skill. (Manilius)

Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim - Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)

Periculum in mora - There is danger in delay. (Livy)

Perpetuo vincit qui utitur clementia - He is forever victor who employs clemency. (Syrus)

Perpetuum mobile - Perpetual motion

Persona (non) grata - (un)welcome person

Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes - Flatterers are the worst type of enemies

Pessimus inimicorum genus, laudantes - The worst kind of enemies, those who can praise. (Tacitus)

Petitio principii - An assumption at the start

Philosophum non facit barba! - The beard does not define a philosopher. (Plutarch)

Pictor ignotus - Painter unknown

Pinxit - He/she painted it

Placebo - I will please. Medical expression for remedies with no medical effect, which improve one's medical condition only because one believes they do

Placet - It pleases

Pleno iure - With full authority

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate - Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily (Ockham)

Plusque minusque - More or less

Poeta nascitur, non fit - The poet is born, not made

Pone ubi sol non lucet! - Put it where the sun don't shine!

Possunt quia posse videntur - They can because they think they can

Post bellum - After the war

Post coitem - After sexual intercourse

Post factum - After the fact

Post hoc ergo propter hoc - After this, therefore because of this

Post hoc - After this

Post meridiem (p.m.) - After midday

Post mortem - After death. (nowadays, the autopsy performed by a coroner)

Post obitum - After death

Post partum - After childbirth

Post proelia praemia - After the battles come the rewards

Post scriptum (ps) - After what has been written

Post tenebras lux - After the darkness, light

Potest ex casa magnus vir exire - A great man can come from a hut. (Seneca)

Potius mori quam foedari - Rather to die than to be dishonoured (death before dishonour)

Potius sero quam numquam - It's better late than never. (Livy)

Praemonitus, praemunitus - Forewarned, forearmed

Praetio prudentia praestat - Prudence supplies a reward

Prima facie - At first sight; on the face of it. (in law, an obvious case that requires no further proof)

Primum mobile - Prime mover

Primum non nocere - The first thing is to do no harm. (Hippocratic oath)

Primum viveri deinde philosophari - Live before you philosophize, or Leap before you look

Primus inter pares - First among equals

Principiis obsta - Resist the beginnings

Pro bono (pro bono publico) - For the good of the public

Pro di immortales! - Good Heavens!

Pro et contra - For and against

Pro forma - As a matter of formality

Pro hac vice - For this occaision

Pro memoria - For a memorial

Pro nunc - For now

Pro opportunitate - As circumstances allow

Pro patria - For one's country

Pro rata - In proportion to the value. (per hour for example)

Pro re nata (prn) - For an occasion as it arises

Pro se - On one's own behalf

Pro tanto - So far

Pro tempore (pro tem.) - For the time being

Probae esti in segetem sunt deteriorem datae fruges, tamen ipsae suaptae enitent - A good seed, planted even in poor soil, will bear rich fruit by its own nature. (Accius)

Probatum est - It has been proved

Probitas laudatur et alget - Honesty is praised and left in the cold. (Juvenal)

Promotor fidei - Promoter of the faith

Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris - It is human nature to hate a person whom you have injured

Proxime accessit - He/she came close

Proximo (prox.) - Of the next month

Proximus sum egomet mihi - I am closest to myself. (Charity begins at home.) (Terence)

Pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractant - Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things

Pulvis et umbra sumus - We are dust and shadow. (Horace)

Puri sermonis amator - A lover of pure speech. (Terence)

Puris omnia pura - To the pure all things are pure