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.
The motto of the state of Kansas, USA and Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina, USA.
This motto suggests that we achieve great things only by encountering and overcoming adversities; it will be rough going, but we will make it.
Augusta refers to holy places, angusta to narrow spaces; therefore, sometimes we can not achieve great results without suffering by squeezing through narrow spaces.
This statement refers to the calends, the first day of the month, that was a feature of the Roman calendar, but the Greeks had no calends.
The calends was the day that interest on borrowed money was to be paid, so for Roman debtors they were tristes calendae, "the unhappy calends".
For the purpose of winning good will.
To please or to win the favor of the masses or the crowd.
The implication is that such actions may not be in the best interest of society, but are intended only to achieve popularity or political goals; such as, winning an elective office, publicizing movies, novels, sports, TV programs, or any promotion that wants the masses to be involved for their support.
A statement made by a church leader and intended only for the clergy as opposed to a statement ad populum, "to the people".
Of equivalent value.
Sometimes abbreviated ad eundem, this phrase may be used to place blame or praise among parties to a deed. The fuller version has a special use when applied to academic life.
Considering gradum as an academic rank, under special circumstances a person holding a Master of Arts degree from one institution may be awarded the same degree by another institution without examination or even matriculation; such a degree being termed "M.A. ad eundem gradum".
In an outward direction.