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.
A mare nostrum is a navigable body of water, such as a sea, that is under the jurisdiction of one nation or that is shared by two or more nations.
An alternate meaning: "Every day, starting from birth, we die a little."
Another version is "Above all to find out the way things are." A motto of the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Motto of the Hagerstown Business College, USA.
The limit, perfection, highest point, or peak of achievement or excellence; the pinnacle, the ultimate. The most profound degree of a quality or condition.
Although the literal sense of the phrase makes it possible to be used as a term expressing prohibition, in the sense of "no further may you go", its primary use indicates the supremacy of a product, a literary work, a system, etc.
A modern version might be, "Don't try to cure or solve anything before it is necessary."
Motto of Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, USA.
This motto, also interpreted to mean "a match for anyone", is attributed to Louis XIV of France, who used the sun as his emblem and was known as Le Roi Soleil, "the sun king".
This is an example of a litotes, a deliberate understatement in which an affirmative thought is expressed by stating the negative of the contrary thought; also, as in the sentence, "I am not unmindful of your devotions".
Certain days in the Roman religious calendar were nefasti dies, in which no official business was allowed to be conducted.
No one shall be placed in peril (jeopardy) of legal penalties more than once upon the same accusation.
Double jeopardy is forbidden in the United States constitution and protects against a second prosecution for the same offense after acquittal or conviction and against multiple punishments for the same offense.
No one can be sued a second time for the same cause of action, if once judgment has been rendered. No one can be held to bail a second time at the suit of the same plaintiff for the same cause of action.