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

(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.

inter canem et lupum
Between the dog and the wolf, twilight.
inter vivos
Among the living; between living people.

A kind of trust created during the lifetime of the trustor. This legal phrase is also used to designate a gift that is given by one living person to another, taking effect during their life-times.

intra muros. (IN-trah MOO-rohs) (Latin phrase)
Translation: "Within the walls."

In ancient times, sturdy barriers were built on the perimeters of cities to protect their inhabitants against invasions, and the day-to-day lives of the cities were conducted intra muros.

intra vires
Within the powers.

A matter is intra vires when it is within the legal power, scope, or authority of an institution or individual to perform an action. The opposite term is ultra vires.

Intus si recte, ne labora.
If right within, trouble not.

Motto of Shrewsbury School, U.K.

Inveniam viam aut faciam.
I will find a way or make one.
Ipse dixit.
He himself has said it.

An assertion made without proof.

ipso facto
By that fact.

As an immediate consequence of that fact or act.

Is demum miser est, cuius nobilitas miserias nobilitat.
Translation: Indeed, wretched is the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.
—Lucius Accius (c.170-86 B.C.)
Is minimum eget mortalis qui minimum eupit.
That man is least in want who desires least.

From Publilius Syrus, Sententiae (c.43 B.C.).


Pointing to a page about a kleptomaniac Units of mottoes and proverbs listed by groups: A to X.