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.

Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietam.
By the sword we seek peace but peace only under liberty.

State motto of Massachusetts, USA.; suggesting that military preparedness can ensure peace.

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.
Beings should not be multiplied beyond necessity.

Interpreted to mean that one should choose the simplest explanation for anything.

Therefore, hence.

"He was caught with the smoking gun, ergo he is the killer."

Errare humanum est. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "To err is human."

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."

Eruditio et meritum pro omnibus.
Translation: "Learning and benefit for all."

Motto of Isothermal Community College, Spindale, North Carolina, USA.

Eruditio, ductus, societas.
Learning, leadership, fellowship.

Motto of Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, Florida, USA.

Esse quam videri.
To be rather than to seem.

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.

Be it so.
Esto bonus et pius ne sit leo te magis impavidus.
Be good and pious, let not the lion be more undaunted than thou.
Esto fidelis usque ad finem. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Be faithful even to the end."
Esto fidelis usque ad mortem. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Be faithful unto death."
Esto memor.
Be mindful.
Esto miles fidelis. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Be thou a faithful soldier."
Esto perpetua.
May it endure forever. It is forever. Be perpetual.

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.

Esto quod audes.
Be what you dare.

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