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.
This has long been a popular and effecive form of persuasion. The force is suggested by wielding a walking stick (baculum), but a baculum was also the scepter that symbolized magisterial authority, so the force implied may also be that of governmental authority or legal compulsion.
An argument with a cane; the appeal to the use of force in a debate.
Motto of Reading School, U.K.
The Romans are said to have put a great deal of importance in dying nobly.
The motto of the University of Michigan, USA.
The motto of the New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA.
Abbreviated A.B. or B.A. This is the undergraduate degree which is awarded by colleges and universities in the USA. It has been suggested that the medieval Latin term baccalaureus, "bachelor", was adapted from baccalarius, meaning "laborer" or "tenant".
Abbreviated A.M. or M.A. This is another university degree that is usually achieved after the A.B. or B.A. degree.
Motto of King Williams's College, Isle of Man, U.K.
Also given as Audentes fortuna iuvat: Fortune favors the daring. This motto for the bold and successful and for those who aspire to success was cited by many Roman writers.
The English proverb, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" provides another viewpoint of this Roman saying.
State motto of Alabama, U.S.A. This may be calling attention to the state's dedication to protecting its rights against infringement by the federal government.