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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Qua - In so far as

Quae nocent, saepe docent - What hurts, often instructs. One learns by bitter/adverse experience

Quae vide (qqv) - See these things

Quaere verum - Seek the truth

Quaere - (You might) ask. Used to introduce questions, usually rhetorical or tangential questions

Qualis artifex pereo - Such an artist dies in me (Emperor Nero's famous last words)

Qualis pater talis filius - As is the father, so is the son; like father, like son

Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu - The important thing isn't how long you live, but how well you live. (Seneca)

Quam se ipse amans sine rivali! - Himself loving himself so much

Quam terribilis est haec hora - How fearful is this hour

Quandam - Formally

Quando omni flunkus moritatus - When all else fails play dead

Quantum meruit - As much as he/she deserved

Quantum sufficit (qs) - As much as suffices

Quaque mane (qm) - Every morning

Quaque nocte (qn) - Every night

Quasi - As if

Quater in die (Q.I.D) - Take four times a day

Quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur - Whom the gods love dies young. (only the good die young)

Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est - A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands. (Seneca)

Qui bene amat bene castigat - Who loves well castigates well. Spare the rod and spoil the child

Qui bene cantat, bis orat - He who sings well, prays twice

Qui bono? - Who benfits?

Qui dedit benificium taceat; narret qui accepit - Let him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it. (Seneca)

Qui desiderat pacem praeparat bellum - Who desires peace [should] prepare [for] war

Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum - Let him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)

Qui docet discit - He who teaches learns

Qui dormit, non peccat - One who sleeps doesn't sin

Qui habet aures audiendi audiat - He who has ears, let him understand how to listen

Qui ignorabat, ignorabitur - One who is ignorant will remain unnoticed

Qui me amat, amet et canem meum - Who love mes, let him love my dog

Qui multum habet, plus cupit - He who has much desires more. (Seneca)

Qui nescit dissimlare nescit regnare - He who doesn't know how to lie doesn't know how to rule

Qui nimium probat, nihil probat - One who proves too much, proves nothing

Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit - He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow. (Ovid)

Qui omnes insidias timet in nullas incidit - He who fears every ambush falls into none. (Pubilius Syrus)

Qui potest capere capiat - Let him accept it who can

Qui pro innocente dicit, satis est eloquens - He who speaks for the innocent is eloquent enough. (Publius Syrus)

Qui scribit bis legit - He who writes reads twice

Qui tacet consentire videtur - He that is silent is thought to consent

Qui tacet consentit - Silence gives consent

Qui vivat atque floreat ad plurimos annos - May he live and flourish for many years

Qui vult dare parva non debet magna rogare - He who wishes to give little shouldn't ask for much

Quia natura mutari non potest idcirco verae amicitiae sempiternae sunt - Since nature cannot change, true friendships are eternal. (Horace)

Quid novi? - What's new? 'What's up?'

Quid nunc - What now?! (a nosy busybody)

Quid pro quo - Something for something. i.e. A favor for a favor

Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur - Anything said in Latin sounds profound

Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur - What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke's on you. (Horace)

Quidnunc? Or Quid nunc? - What now? As a noun, a quidnunc is a busybody or a gossip

Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem! - Whatever you do, do cautiously, and look to the end

Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes - Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts. (Vergil)

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur - Anything said in Latin sounds profound

Quidvis Recte Factum Quamvis Humile Praeclarum - Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble

Quieta non movere - Don't move settled things, or Don't rock the boat

Quinon proficit deficit - He who does not advance, go backwards

Quique amavit, cras amet - May he love tomorrow who has never loved before;

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes - Who shall keep watch over the guardians? (Juvenalis) Don't assign a fox to guard the henhouse

Quis separabit? - Who shall separate us?

Quis, quid, ubi, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando? - Who, what, where, with what, why, how, when?

Quo ad hoc - As much as this (to this extent)

Quo animo? - With what spirit? (or intent?)

Quo fas et gloria docunt - Where right and glory lead

Quo iure? - By what law?

Quo usque tandem abutere, catilina, patientia nostra? - How long will you abuse our patience, Catiline? (Cicero)

Quo vadis? - Where are you going? / Whither goest thou?

Quod bonum, felix faustumque sit! - May it be good, fortunate and prosperous! (Cicero)

Quod cibus est aliis, aliis est venenum - What is food to some is poison to others. One man's meat is another poison

Quod cito acquiritur cito perit - [that] which is quickly acquired [is] quickly lost. Eeasy come, easy go

Quod differtur, non aufertur - That which is postponed is not dropped. Inevitable is yet to happen. (Sir Thomas More)

Quod erat demonstrandum (QED) - Which was to be demonstrated

Quod erat faciendum (QEF) - Which was to be done

Quod erat in veniendum - Which was to be found

Quod est (qe) - Which is

Quod incepimus conficiemus - What we have begun we shall finish

Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi - What Jupiter (supreme God) is allowed to do, cattle (people) are not

Quod minimum specimen in te ingenii? - What microscopic evidence of wit can be found in you?

Quod natura non sunt turpia - What is natural cannot be bad

Quod vide (q.v) - Which see (a scholarly gloss)

Quod vide (qv) - See this thing

Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri? - How do you get your hair to do that?

Quomodo vales - How are you?

Quorum - Of whom

Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit - True love will hold on to those whom it has held. (Seneca)

Quot homines, tot sententiae - As many men, so as many opinions