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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Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas - The love of money is the root of all evil. Avarice is the problem, money itself is not evil

Rara avis - A rare bird, i.e. An extraodinary or unusual thing. (Juvenal)

Ratio decidendi - The reason for the decision

Ratio et consilium propriae ducis artes - Reason and deliberation are the proper skills of a general

Ratio legis est anima legis - The reason of the law is the soul of the law

Re - Concerning

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem! - Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business!

Recto - On the right

Redde Caesari quae sunt Caesaris - Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's

Redivivus - Come back to life

Redolet lucernam - [it] smells of the lamp

Reductio ad absurdum - Reduction to the absurd. (proving the truth of a proposition by proving the falsity of all its alternatives)

Referendum - Something to be referred

Regnat non regitur qui nihil nisi quod vult facit - He is a king and not a subject who does only what he wishes. (Syrus)

Regnat populus - Let the People rule

Relata refero - I tell what I have been told. (Herodotos)

Rem tene, verba sequentur - Keep to the subject and the words will follow. (Cato Senior)

Repetitio est mater memoriae/ studiorum/ - Repetition is the mother of memory/studies

Requiescat in pace (RIP) - May he/she rest in peace

Rerum concordia discors - The concord of things through discord. (Horace)

Res firma mitescere nescit - A firm resolve does not know how to weaken

Res gestae - Things done

Res in cardine est - The matter is on a door hinge things are balanced on a knife's edge

Res inter alios - A matter between others it's not our busines

Res ipsa loquitur - The thing speaks for itself

Res judicata - Thing already judged upon

Res publica - The public thing

Res severa est verum gaudium - True joy is a serious thing. (Seneca)

Res tantum valet quantum vendi potest - A thing is worth only what someone else will pay for it

Respice finem - Look to the end

Respice post te, mortalem te esse memento - Look around you, remember that you are mortal. (Tertullianus)

Respice, adspice, prospice - Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future (look to the past, the present, the future)

Respondeat superior - Let the superior answer (a supervisor must take responsibility for the quality of a subordinate's work)

Resurgam - I shall rise again

Rex non potest peccare - The king cannot sin

Rex regnant sed non gubernat - The king reigns but does not govern

Rident stolidi verba latina - Fools laugh at the Latin language. (Ovid)

Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat? - What forbids a laughing man from telling the truth? (Horace)

Rigor mortis - The rigidity of death

Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est - There is nothing more foolish than a foolish laugh. (Catullus)

Risus abundat in ore stultorum - Abundant laughs in the mouth of the foolish

Roma locuta est. Causa finita est - Rome has spoken. The cause is finished

Rosa rubicundior, lilio candidior, omnibus formosior, semper in te glorior - Redder than the rose, whiter than the lilies, fairer than everything, I will always glory in thee

Rumores volant. / Rumor volat - Rumors fly. / Rumor flies