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.
Motto of Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
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.
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.
Motto of Trent College, U.K.
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.
Fortune is never satisfied with hurting a man just once.
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.
Another version is, "Judge by results, not by appearances."