Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group E
(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
All entries are from Latin unless otherwise indicated.
State motto of Massachusetts, USA.; suggesting that military preparedness can ensure peace.
Interpreted to mean that one should choose the simplest explanation for anything.
"He was caught with the smoking gun, ergo he is the killer."
Another version is Errare est humanum. It was Alexander Pope, who wrote in his An Essay on Criticism that "To err is human, to forgive, divine."
Motto of Isothermal Community College, Spindale, North Carolina, USA.
Motto of Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, Florida, USA.
Also translated, "To be rather than to seem to be." State motto of North Carolina, USA; and a motto of the National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, Illinois, USA.
State motto of Idaho, U.S.A.; as well as, the Royal Naval School, Eltham, U.K. ("May she exist forever"). Also the motto of the Amicable Life Insurance Society.