Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group Q
(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.
Something given in return for something else; a favor in return, a substitution or fair exchange. It is a legal, as well as idiomatic, term indicating the necessity of mutual back-scratching; especially, in business and politics.
Horace advised us to live in the here and now because nobody can live tomorrow until it becomes today.
The full proverb is Quidquid agas prudenter agas et respice finem and is translated as "Whatever you do, do with caution, and look to the end."
A shorter version using, Respice finem, is translated as, "Look before you leap."
Better translated as "Don't disturb things that are at peace"; and by extension: "Let sleeping dogs lie."
There are those now who say, "If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it." Then there are the slang-mongers who say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
2. A perfect example of something: Henry was the quintessence of calmness when his wife Mildred told him that their car had a dent in the fender because someone else had backed into it while it was parked at the supermarket.
3. Etymology: from Latin quinta essentia, "fifth essence."
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Juvenal wrote this proverb in his Satires and it is applicable to modern times; such as, a reference to situations in which there is little confidence in the people appointed to positions of trust; for example, those who are duty-bound to watch over public funds.
Juvenal may also have been referring to the problem of hiring guards to prevent infidelity among women whose husbands were out of town. Another interpretation could be the advice to avoid assigning a fox to guard the henhouse.
Motto on the seal of the State of South Carolina, USA.
Even when we report all the words someone has used in telling us something, we may not be conveying a true reflection of what was intended.
Facial expressions, emphasis, and so forth may be as significant as the words being used in revealing one's full intent.
Early motto of the State of Minnesota, USA; changed in 1858.
These words were said to have been spoken by Christ when He met the discouraged Apostle Peter as he was leaving Rome.
Also translated as, "God forbid!"
Also, "What you and I find attractive, others may well find abhorrent" or "One man's meat is another man's poison."
Another version is "Easy come, easy go."
Could this be a different version of Quod scripsi scripsi?
A formula appended at the end of a proof in geometry, or other mathematical solution, with the meaning, "We have proven the proposition we set out to prove."