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

(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.

Res in cardine est. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "The matter is on a door hinge."

Another translation is "We are facing a crisis."

Res ipsa loquitur.
The matter speaks for itself.

Another translation is, "The thing itself speaks." In a trial involving an accident, the damage is evident; the defendant must prove that the accident was not due to negligence on his part.

Respice, auspice, prospice.
Look to the past, the present, the future.

Motto of The City College, City University of New York, New York City, New York, USA. It is also translated as, "Look back, look at the present, look to the future" or "Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future."

Rixatur de lana caprina.(Latin proverb)
He quarrels over goat's hair.

"He quibbles over straws." Fabric woven of wool was prized, fabric woven of goat's hair was not.

Roman Republic, The
The Roman Republic was established in 509 B.C. after the overthrow of the last of the seven kings, Tarquinius Superbus. It was superseded by the Roman Empire in 27 B.C.
Recipe; take.

An abbreviation used at the beginning of a medical prescription. This has been a symbol used by pharmacists since ancient times. There is supposed to be a slant bar across the base of the R (℞) and it represents the sign of the Roman god Jupiter, under whose special protection all medicines were placed.

The letter itself and its flourish may be paraphrased: "Under the good auspices of Jove, the patron of medicines, take the following drugs in the proportions set down."

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