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

(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.

Floreat scientia.
Translation: "Let knowledge flourish."

Motto of Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

He [She] flourished.

Floruit, is often abbreviated as fl., and it is used to date the period of a person's prime of life, particularly when the exact birth and death dates are unknown.

Fluctuat nec mergitur.
It is tossed by the waves but does not sink.

A motto of Paris, France, which has a ship as its emblem. This motto is also translated as, "Unsinkable". Like other cities that have existed for a long time, Paris has had its bad times and its good times.

In ancient times, Paris was called Lutetia Parisiorum, from a Gaulish-Latin word Lutetia [lutum is a Latin word meaning "mud"], a fortified town of the Gaulish tribe of the Parissi). The name Lutetia literally means "swamps" with its muddy and slimy characteristics.

Fluctuo sed affluo.
I fluctuate, but I flow on.
Fons vitae sapientia.
Wisdom is the fountain of life.

Motto of Trent College, U.K.

Fortitudo et justitia invictae sunt.
Fortitude and justice are invincible.
Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Fortune gives many too much, enough to none."

A variant translation is, "To many, fortune gives too much, to none [does she give], enough." In other words, most people feel that they are never given too much.

Fortuna non mutat genus. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Circumstances do not change our origin."
Fortuna obesse nulli contenta est semel. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Fortune is never content with doing a man one injury only."

Fortune is never satisfied with hurting a man just once.

Fortuna vitrea est, tum quum splendet, frangitur. (Latin proverb)
Translation: Fortune is of glass; she glitters just at the moment of breaking.
Fortuna, quum blanditur, fallit. (Latin motto)
Translation: "When fate smiles, it deceives."

Another translation is, "When Fortune comes fawning, it is to ensnare."

Motto of Konrad I of Franconia (911-918) who was the first German King elected by the powerful east Franconian tribes.

Fortunum citius reperias, quam retineas. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "It is easier to meet with Fortune, than to keep her."
Frangas, non flectes.
You may break [me], but you will not bend me or I may break, but I will not bend.
Frango dura patientia.
I break hard things by perseverance.
Fructu non foliis arborem aestima.
Judge a tree by its fruit, not by its leaves.

Another version is, "Judge by results, not by appearances."

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