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

(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.

almanac
A calendar of days and months with astronomical data.

A medieval Latin word of obscure origin which referred to a calendar of days and months with astronomical data, etc. Now it is an annual publication that includes calendars with weather forecasts, astronomical information, tide tables, lists, charts, and tables "of useful information".

Alta pete.
Aim at high things.

Aim high.

alter ego
The other "I" [ego].

An inseparable friend [your other self].

The idea is that an alter ego may be considered as speaking or acting for the other self within oneself.

alter idem
the same self; another self

A description of a completely trustworthy friend, an alter ego both of which convey the same meaning.

Anyone who is your alter idem, or alter ego, is your inseparable friend.

Alter ipse amicus. (Latin statement)
Translation: "A friend is a second self."
Alteri, si tibi. (Latin phrase)
Translation: "To another, as if to thyself."
alternis diebus; alt. dieb.
Every other day, on alternate days.

Medical directions on a prescription.

alternis horis, alt. hor.
Every other hour.

A medical instruction with a prescription.

Altiora in votis.
I pray for the higher things.

Motto of Highgate School, U.K.

Altiora petamus.
Let us strive for loftier things.

Motto of the University of Salford, Salford, U.K.

Altiora peto.
I seek higher things.

Motto of Warwick School, U.K.

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi. (Latin)
Translation: "The deepest rivers flow with the least sound."

Another translation: "Still waters run deep."

alumna (feminine, singular)
Foster child; former student, as of an alma mater.
alumnae (feminine, plural)
Foster children; former students, as of an alma mater.
alumni (masculine, plural)
Foster children; former students, as of an alma mater.

Graduates and former students of a coeducational institution are generally referred to by this masculine plural form, i.e. alumni.


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