Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group N
(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.
Virgil, in the Aeneid, gives us this way to acknowledge a fact of life: No one can reasonably be expected to become expert in all things.
1. A formal way of indicating dissent or another way of saying, "Nay."
2. The term used for expressing a negative vote, especially by the governing body of a university.
Based on a German source, Hercules is said to have settled in Cadiz, Spain, where he erected columns as a monument with the inscription: "These are the limit stones of Hercules" with the idea that this was the edge of the world.
Many Germans believe the phrase refers to something that is "the best", "the utmost", or "nothing better".
A term used by the pope to reject a suggestion that there be an innovation in a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. This term may also be used by others to mean that they can not honor a request.
Motto of the McCook Community College, McCook, Nebraska, USA.
Meaning, don't ask who is saying it, examine what is being said.
Motto of Dover College, U.K.
A quote by Erasmus, Adagia, iv. iii, 86 (1523). Another English equivalent is, "Be prepared for hard times." A similar motto from Seneca: Non semper Saturnalia erunt., "The Saturnalia will not last forever" or "Every day is not a holiday." By extension, it also means, "Have a good time now, but remember that it will end and you will be required to pay for any excesses."
The Saturnalia was a principal festival of the Romans which was celebrated in December. This was a time of merrymaking, including debauchery, during which there was a suspension of all public business; such as, closing down schools and courts, slaves having a chance to temporarily exchange places with their masters, and criminals not being punished.