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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Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas - Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses. (Ovid)

Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit - Often it is not even advantageous to know what will be. (Cicero)

Saepe stilum vertas - May you often turn the stylus (You should make frequent corrections.)

Salus populi suprema lex - The safety of the people is the supreme law. (Cicero)

Salva veritate - With truth preserved

Salve (plural salvete) - Hail; welcome

Salve sis - May you be well

Salve veritate - Saving the truth

Salve - Hello

Salve(te) - Greetings!

Sanctum sanctorum - The holy of holies

Sapere aude! - Dare to be wise! (Horace)

Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probat - A wise man states as true nothing he does not prove (don't swear to anything you don't know firsthand)

Sartor resartus - The tailor patched

Sat sapienti - Enough for a wise man. (Plautus)

Satis - Enough

Satius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis, quam innocentem damnari - It is better that a crime is left unpunished than that an innocent man is punished. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Scala Caeli - The ladder of heaven

Scala naturae - The ladder of nature

Scandalum magnatum - Scandal of magnates

Schola cantorum - School of singers

Scientia est potentia - Knowledge is power

Scientia non habet inimicum nisp ignorantem - Science has no enemies but the ignorants

Scilicet (sc.) - That is to say

Scio cur summae inter se dissentiant! Numeris Romanis utor! - I know why the numbers don't agree! I use Roman numerals!

Scio me nihil scire - I know that I know nothing. Certain knowledge cannot be obtained. (Socrates)

Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter - Your knowledge is nothing when no one else knows that you know it

Sciri facias - Cause (him) to know

Scito te ipsum - Know yourself

Scribere est agere - To write is to act

Scripsit - He/she wrote it

Sculpsit - He/she engraved it

Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who watches the watchmen? (Juvenal)

Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet - He who feared he would not succeed sat still. (For fear of failure, he did nothing.) (Horace)

Semper fidelis - Always faithful

Semper idem - Always the same thing. (Cicero)

Semper inops quicumque cupit - Whoever desires is always poor. (Claudian)

Semper letteris mandate - Always get it in writing!

Semper paratus - Always prepared

Semper superne nitens - Always striving upwards

Semper ubi sub ubi ubique - Always wear underwear everywhere

Senatus Populusque Romanus (SPQR) - The Senate and the Roman people

Sensu lato - Broadly speaking

Sensu stricto - Strictly speaking

Sensu stricto, nullo metro compositum est - Strictly speaking, it doesn't rhyme

Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare - I think some people in togas are plotting against me

Sequens (seq.) - The following (one)

Sequens mirabitur aetas - The following age will be amazed

Sequentia (seqq.) - The following (ones)

Seriatim - One after another in order

Serva me, servabo te - Save me and I will save you. (Petronius Arbiter)

Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos - If God is with us who is against us

Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit - If the end is good, everything will be good (all's well that ends well)

Si monumentum requiris circumspice - If you seek a monument, look around

Si post fata venit gloria non propero - If glory comes after death, I'm not in a hurry (if one must die to be recognised, I can wait)

Si sapis, sis apis - If you are wise, be a bee

Si tacuisses, philosophus manisses - If you had kept quiet, you would have remained a philosopher. (Boethius)

Si tu id aeficas, ei venient. Ager somnia - If you build it, they will come

Si vis amari, ama - If you wish to be loved, love. (Seneca)

Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you want peace, prepare for the war. (Vegetius)

Sic ad nauseam - And so on to the point of causing nausea

Sic erat in fatis - So it was fated

Sic faciunt omnes - Everyone is doing it

Sic friatur crustum dulce - That's the way the cookie crumbles

Sic itur ad astra - Such is the path to the stars (i.e. Gain reputation) (Vergil)

Sic passim - Thus everywhere

Sic semper tyrannis - Thus always to tyrants

Sic transit gloria mundi - So passes the glory of the world

Sic volo, sic iubeo - I want this, I order this. (Juvenalis)

Sic - Thus, just so

Silent enim leges inter arma - Laws are silent in times of war. (Cicero)

Simia quam similis, turpissimus bestia, nobis! - How like us is that very ugly beast the monkey. (Cicero)

Simplex munditiis - Unaffected by manners. (Horace)

Simpliciter - Naturally; without qualification

Sine cura - Without a care

Sine die - Without a day (indefinitely)

Sine ira et studio - Without anger or bias. (Tacitus)

Sine loco (sl) - Without place

Sine nobilitatis - Without nobility (SNOB)

Sine prole (sp) - Without a descendant

Sine qua non - Something/someone indispensable

Sine sole sileo - Without the sun I'm silent. (sundial inscription)

Siste, viator - Wait, traveler

Sit tibi terra levis - May the earth be light upon you

Sobria inebrietas - Sober intoxication

Sol omnibus lucet - The sun shines upon us all. (Petronius)

Solitudinem fecerunt, pacem appelunt - They made a desert and called it peace. (Tacitus)

Sotto voce - In soft voice

Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipsae - They come to see, they come that they themselves be seen 'to see and be seen (Ovid)

Spemque metumque inter dubiis - Hover between hope and fear. (Vergil)

Spero melior - I hope for better things

Spiritus asper - Rough breathing

Spiritus lenis - Smooth breathing

Splendide mendax - Splendidly false. (Horace)

Splendor sine occasu - Splendour without end

Stabat Mater - The mother was standing

Stare decisis - To stand by things decided

Status quo - The current state of being

Stet - Let it stand

Struit insidias lacrimis cum femina plorat - When a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears. (Dionysius Cato)

Studium discendi voluntate quae cogi non potest constat - Study depends on the good will of the student, a quality which cannot be secured by compulsion

Stultior stulto fuisti, qui tabellis crederes! - Idiot of idiots, to trust what is written!

Stultorum calami carbones moenia chartae - Chalk is the pen of fools, walls (their) paper No Graffiti please. Showing that graffiti is nothing new

Stultorum infinitus est numerus - Infinite is the number of fools. (Bible)

Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes - It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid. (Publilius Syrus)

Sua cuique voluptas - Everyone has his own pleasures

Sub dio - Under the open sky

Sub iudice - Under a judge

Sub lite - In dispute

Sub poena - Under penalty of law

Sub rosa - Under the rose. Secretly or in confidence

Sub secreto - In secret

Sub silentio - In silence

Sub sole nihil novi est - There's nothing new under the sun

Sub voce (sv) - Under the voice

Suggestio falsi - Suggestion of something false

Suggestio veri, suggestio falsi - An intimation of truth, an intimation of falcity

Sui generis - Of his/her/its kind

Sui iuris - Of one's own right

Sum, ergo edo - I am, therefore I eat

Summa cum laude - With highest honor

Summam scrutemur - Let's look at the bottom line

Summum bonum - The highest good

Summum ius, summa iniuria - The extreme law is the greatest injustice. (Cicero)

Sumptus censum ne superet - Let not your spending exceed your income (live within your means)

Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt - These are the tears of things, and our mortality cuts to the heart. (Vergil)

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

Suo iure - In one's own right

Suo jure - In one's rightful place

Suos cuique mos - Everyone has his customs. (Gellius)

Supra - Above or on an earlier page

Sursum corda - Lift up your hearts (to God)

Suum cuique pulchrum est - To each his own is beautiful. (Cicero)