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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Vade in pace - Go in peace

Vade mecum - Come with me. A constant companion

Vae victis! - Woe to the conquered! (vanquished) (Livy)

Vale - Farewell

Vanitas vanitatum, omnis vanitas - Vanity of vanities, all is vanity

Varia lecto (v.l.) - Variant reading

Variatio delectat - There's nothing like change! (Cicero)

Variorum - Of various people

Velle est posse - To be willing is to be able

Veni, vidi, vici - I came, I saw, I conquered. (Julius Caesar)

Veni, Vidi, volo in domum redire - I came, I saw, I want to go home

Venienti occurrite morbo - Meet the misfortune as it comes. (Persius)

Venire facias - You must come

Ventis secundis, tene cursum - Go with the flow

Ventis secundis, tene/tenete cursum - The winds being favorable, hold the course

Verba de futuro - Words about the future

Verba movent, exempla trahunt - Words move people, examples draw/compel them. Deeds, not words, give the example

Verba volant, (littera) scripta manet - Words fly away, the written (letter) remains

Verbatim et litteratim - Word for word and letter for letter

Verbatim - Exactly as said

Verbum sapienti satis est (verb. sap.) - A word to the wise is sufficient. Enough said

Veritas Lux Mea - The truth enlightens me / The truth is my light

Veritas numquam perit - Truth never perishes. (Seneca)

Veritas odit moras - Truth hates delay. (Seneca)

Veritas vincit - Truth conquers

Veritas vos liberabit - The truth will set you free

Verso - Reverse

Versus - Against

Verum et factum convertuntur - The true and the made are interchangeable. One can know with certainty only what he have created himself

Vesanum poetam qui sapiunt fugiunt - Anyone with a brain flees a versifying poet

Vestigia terrent - The footprints frighten me. (Horace)

Vestis virum reddit - The clothes make the man. (Quintilianus)

Veto - I forbid

Vi et armis - By force and arms

Via Crucis - The Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa - The Way of Sorrow

Via Lactea - The Milky Way

Via media - A middle way or course

Via - By way of

Vice versa - In reverse order

Vice - In place of

Victis honor - Honour to the vanquished

Victoria Imperatrix Regina (VIR) - Victoria, Empress and Queen

Victoria Regina (VR) - Queen Victoria

Victoria Regina et Imperatrix (VRI) - Victoria, Queen and Empress

Victoria, non praeda - Victory, not loot

Victurus te saluto - He who is about to win salutes you

Vide et credere - See and believe

Vide ut supra - See the above

Vide - See

Videlicet (viz.) - That is to say; To wit; Namely

Video meliora proboque deteriora sequor - I see the better way and approve it, but I follow the worse way

Videre est credere - Seeing is believing

Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? - How great an evil do you see that may have been announced by you against the Republic? (Cicero)

Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas? - Seen any good movies lately?

Vigilando, agendo, bene consulendo, prospera omnia cedunt - By watching, by doing, by counsulting well, these things yield all things prosperous. (Sallust)

Vincere est totum - To win is everything

Vincit omnia amor - Love conquers all

Vincit omnia veritas - Truth conquers all

Vincit qui se vincit - He conquers who conquers himself

Vinculum unitatis - The bond of unity

Vinum bellum iucunumque est, sed animo corporeque caret - It's a nice little wine, but it lacks character and depth

Vinum et musica laetificant cor - Wine and music gladden the heart

Vir bonus, dicendi peritus - A good man, skilled in speaking. (definition of an orator) (Cato the Elder)

Vir prudens non contra ventum mingit - A wise man does not urinate against the wind

Vir sapit qui pauca loquitor - It is a wise man who speaks little

Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur - That man is wise who talks little (know when to hold your tongue)

Vires acquirit eundo - It gains strength by going / as it goes. (Virgil)

Virginibus puerisque - For maidens and youths

Virgo intacta - Intact virgin

Virtus in medio stat - Virtue stands in the middle

Virtus probata florescit - Manly excellence in trial flourished

Virtute et armis - By courage and by arms

Virtutis fortuna comes - Good luck is the companion of courage

Virum mihi, Camena, insece versutum - Tell me, O Muse, of the skillful man. (Livius Andronicus)

Vis consili expers mole ruit sua - Brute force bereft of wisdom falls to ruin by its own weight. (Discretion is the better part of valor) (Horace)

Vis inertiae - The power of inertia

Vis maior - Higher force

Vis medicatrix naturae - The healing power of nature

Visa - Things seen

Vita brevis, ars lunga - Life is short, art is long

Vita mutatur, non tollitur - Life is changed, not taken away

Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est - Life is more than merely staying alive

Vita sine libris mors est - Life without books is death

Vitam impendere vero - To risk one's life for the truth

Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia - Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives. (Cicero)

Vitanda est improba siren desidia - One must avoid that wicked temptress, Laziness. (Horace)

Vitiis nemo sine nascitur - No one is born without faults. (Horace)

Viva voce - With living voice

Vivat regina - Long live the queen

Vivat rex - Long live the king

Vivat, crescat, floreat! - May he/she/it live, grow, and flourish!

Vive hodie - Live today (not tomorrow)

Vive ut vivas - Live that you may live

Vivere commune est, sed non commune mereri - Everybody lives; not everybody deserves to

Vivere disce, cogita mori - Learn to live; Remember death. (sundial inscription)

Vivos voco, mortuos plango - I call the living, I mourn the dead. (church bell inscription)

Vix ulla tam iniqua pax, quin bello vel aequissimo sit potior - Scarcely is there any peace so unjust that it is better than even the fairest war. (Erasmus)

Vixere fortes ante agamemnona - Brave men lived before Agamemnon. (heroism exists even if it's not recorded)

Vixit - He/she has lived

Volens et potens - Willing and able

Volente Deo - God willing

Volenti non fit iniuria - A person who consents does not suffer injustice

Volo, non valeo - I am willing but unable

Voluptates commendat rarior usus - Infrequent use commends pleasure. (moderation in all things)

Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores - You cling to your own ways and leave mine to me. (Petrarch)

Vox clamantis in deserto - Voice crying in the desert. (voice in the wilderness unheeded warning, an opinion not in the mainstream

Vox populi - The voice of the people

Vox populi, vox Dei - The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Public opinion is obligatory)

Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat - Every (hour) wounds, the last kills. (sundial inscription)

Vulpem pilum mutat, non mores - A fox may change its hair, not its tricks. (People change behaviour but not their aims)

Vultus est index animi - The face is the index of the soul/mind