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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Ibidem (Ib.) - In the same place. (in a book)

Id certum est quod certum reddi potest - That is certain that can be made certain

Id est (i.e.) - That is to say

Idem quod (i.q.) - The same as

Idem - The same

Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (INRI) - Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews

Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros - Life is not a bowl of cherries, or, literally, Fire tests gold; adversity tests strong men

Ignis fatuus - Foolish fire

Ignorantia juris neminem excusat - Ignorance of the law excuses no one

Ignoratio elenchi - An ignorance of proof

Ignotus (ign.) - Unknown

Ille dolet vere, qui sine teste dolet - He mourns honestly who mourns without witnesses. (Martialis)

Ille mi par esse deo videtur - He seems to me to be equal to a god. (Catullus)

Imitatores, servum pecus! - Imitators, you slavish crowd! (Horace)

Imperator/Imperatrix (Imp.) - Emperor/Empress

Imperium et libertas - Empire and liberty. (Cicero)

Imperium in imperio - An empire within an empire, i.e. A fifth column, a group of people within an nation's territory who owe allegiance to some other leader

Imperium - Absolute power

Impossibilium nulla obligatio est - Nobody has any obligation to the impossible. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)

Imprimatur - Let it be printed

Imprimis - In first place

In absentia - In one's absence

In actu - In practice

In aere aedificare - Build (castles) in the air. (St. Augustine)

In aeternum - For eternity

In alio pediculum, in te ricinum non vides - You see a louse on someone else, but not a tick on yourself. (Petronius)

In articulo mortis - At the moment of death

In banco - On the bench

In camera - In private chamber

In capite - In chief

In cauda venenum - In the tail [is the] poison. Watch out for what you don't see

In curia - In court

In distans - At a distance

In dubiis non est agendum - In dubious cases, you should not act

In dubio pro reo - In doubt in favor of the accused. If there is a doubt about guiltiness, the judgement has to be in favour of the accused

In dubio - In doubt

In esse - In existence

In excelsis - In the highest

In extenso - At full length

In extremis - In extremity

In fine - At the end

In flagrante delicto - In the very act of committing an offence

In forma pauperis - In the form of a poor person; in a humble or abject manner

In futuro - In the future

In gremio legis - In the protection of the law

In his ordo est ordinem non servare - In this case the only rule is not obeying any rules

In hoc signo vinces - In this sign, you will be victorious. (Eusebios)

In infinitum - To infinity; without end

In libris libertas - In books (there is) freedom

In limine - On the threshold, at the very outset

In loco parentis - In the place of a parent

In loco - In the place of

In magnis et voluisse sat est - To once have wanted is enough in great deeds. (Propertius)

In media res - In or into the middle of a sequence of events. (Horace)

In medias res - Into the midst of things

In medio stat virtus - Virtue stands in the middle. Virtue is in the moderate, not the extreme position. (Horace)

In medio tutissimus ibis - In the middle of things you will go most safe. (Ovid)

In memoriam - In memory (of)

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas - In necessary things unity, in doubtful things liberty, in all things charity

In nomine Domini - In the name of the Lord

In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Santi - In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

In nubibus - In the clouds

In nuce - In a nutshell

In omnia paratus - Prepared for all things

In ovo - In the egg

In pace - In peace

In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello - In peace, like a wise man, he appropriately prepares for war

In pari materia - Of like kind

In partibus infidelium - In parts inhabited by unbelievers

In parvo - In miniature

In perpetuum - For ever

In personam - Against the person

In pleno - In full

In pontificalibus - In the proper vestments of a pope or cardinal

in posse - In possibility

In posterum - Till the next day

In praesenti - At the present time

In principio - In the beginning

In propria persona - In person

In quaestione versare - To be under investigation

In re - Refering to

In rem - Against the matter (property)

In rerum natura - In the nature of things

In saecula saeculorum - For ages of ages forever

In se - In itself

In silvam ne ligna feras - Don't carry logs into the forest. (Horace)

In situ - In position

In specie - In kind; (a) in its own form and not in an equivalent (b) in coins and not in paper money

In spiritu et veritate - In spirit and truth. (Versio Vulgata)

In statu quo - In the same state

In terrorem - As a warning; in order to terrify others

In totidem verbis - In so many words

In toto - As a whole, absolutely, Completely

In transitu - In passing, on the way

In usu - In use

In utero - In the womb

In vacuo - In a vacuum or empty space

In vinculis etiam audax - In chains yet still bold (free)

In vino veritas - The truth is in wine. (A drunk person tells the truth)

In virtute sunt multi ascensus - There are many degrees in excellence. (Cicero)

In vitro - In a test tube (literally glass)

In vivo - In the living (thing)

Incipit - Begin here

Incredibile dictu - Incredible to say

Index librorum prohibitorum - Official list of forbidden books not to be read by Catholics

Indulgentiam quaeso - I ask your indulgence

Infinitus est numerus stultorum - Infinite is the number of fools

Infra dignitatem (dig.) - Undignified; beneath one's dignity

Infra - Below, underneath

Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est - Inhumanity is harmful in every age. (Cicero)

Iniqua nunquam regna perpetuo manent - Stern masters do not reign long. (Seneca Philosophus)

Iniuria non excusat iniuriam - One wrong does not justify another

Insanabile cacoethes scribendi - An incurable passion to write. (Juvenal)

Insculpsit - He/she engraved it

Integer vitae scelerisque purus - Blameless of life and free from crime

Intellectum valde amat - Love the intellect strongly. (St. Augustine)

Intelligenti pauca - Few words suffice for he who understands

Intelligo me intelligere - I understand that I understand. (St. Augustine)

Inter alia - Among other things

Inter alios - Amongst other people

Inter arma silent leges - In time of war, laws are silent

Inter caecos regnat strabo - Among blinds the squinting rules. (Erasmus)

Inter canum et lupum - Between a dog and a wolf

Inter nos - Between ourselves

Inter partes - Made between two parties

Inter se - Between themselves

Inter spem et metum - Between hope and fear

Inter vivos - Between living (people)

Interfice errorem, diligere errantem - Kill the sin, love the sinner. (St. Augustine)

Interregnum - Period between rules anarchy, lawlessnes

Intra muros - Within the walls

Intra vires - Within the power

Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes - Let us improve life through science and art. (Vergil)

Ipsa quidem pretium virtus sibi - Virtue is its own reward

Ipsa scientia potestas est - Knowledge itself is power. (Bacon)

Ipsissima verba - The exact words

Ipso facto - By that very fact

Ipso iure - By operation of the law

Ipsus dixit - He himself said it

Ira furor brevis est - Anger is a brief insanity. (Horace)

Ire fortiter quo nemo ante iit - To boldly go where no man has gone before. (Star Trek)

Ita est - Yes./It is so

Ite, missa est - Go, the Mass is finished

Iubilate Deo - Rejoice in God

Iunctis viribus - By united efforts

Iure divino - By divine law

Iure humano - By human law

Ius civile - Civil law

Ius est ars boni et aequi - Law is the art of the good and the just

Ius gentium - Right of tribes law of nations

Ius gentium - The law of nations

Ius primae noctis - The right of the first night

Iustitia omnibus - Justice for all