Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group C

(classical-language maxims, slogans, adages, proverbs, and words of wisdom that can still capture our modern imagination)

Expressions of general truths: Latin to English maxims, proverbs, and mottoes

Word entries are from Latin unless otherwise indicated.

centum weight; cwt.
Hundred weight.
centum, C.
Onehundred, 100.
Certa bonum certamen.
Fight the good fight.

Motto of Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA.

ceteris paribus
Other factors remaining the same. Literally: "Other things the same."
Christo et humanitati. (Greek)
For Christ and humanity.

Motto of Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois, USA.

Christus primatum tenes. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Christ holding the first place."

Motto of Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

"Holding Christ preeminent", "Christ preeminent in all things", and "Christ pre-eminent in all things".

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus triumphat.
Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ triumphs.

On Christmas day of the year 800, Charlemagne was crowned Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III and accepted all privileges and duties of protector and ruler over the entire occidental world.

He was a patron of arts and sciences and gathered at his court scholars and literary men of all nations. He founded schools at Aachen, Colgne, Fulda, Hersfeld, Reichenau, Salzburg, and St. Gallen (Germany) to spread religious and secular knowledge throughout his realm. He is buried in the Cathedral of Aachen, Germany, constructed during his reign.

Cineri gloria sera venit.
Glory paid to one's ashes comes too late.

Martial's epigram exhorting us not to wait until someone is dead before praising him/her.

circa; c., ca.
About, around.

Used in giving approximate dates, e.g. "It happened ca. A.D. 1500."

Citius venit periculum cum contemnitur.
Danger comes sooner when it is not feared.

In other words, "Don't hide your head in the sand".

Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin)
Translation: "Faster, Higher, Stronger."

Motto of the Olympic Games. The underlying theme is excellence in performance, style, and creativity.

Cito maturum, cito putridum.
Quickly ripe, quickly rotten.

Could this apply to other areas; such as, athletes, writers, entertainers, love affairs, business enterprises, the stock market, and popularity?

Civis Romanus sum!
I am a Roman citizen.

No Roman citizen could be condemned unheard; by Valerian Law, he could not be bound; by Sempronian Law, it was forbidden to beat him with rods (sticks). At different times both of his parents had to be Roman citizens, at other times only his father.

The citizen was required to serve in the military, although prior to Gaius Marius, only if he owned sufficient property to buy his arms and support himself on campaigns beyond the little money he was paid by the State, which was usually at the end of a campaign.

Clavis ad futura. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Key to the future."

Motto of Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

Cogito ergo sum. Deo gratias.
I think, therefore I am. Thanks be to God.

Motto of Shorter College, North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.


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