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

(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.

mortis causa.
Because of death.

A legal expression that also means, "in prospect of death" and is used to describe a decision made in anticipation of one's death. This phrase is seen in old wills.

Mortui non mordent.
Dead men don't bite.

An alternate meaning is "Dead men carry no tales."

Mortuo leoni et lepores insultant.
The lion dies and even the hares insult him.

Latin idiom: A contrary statement of the Roman, De mortuis nil nisi bonum, "Let nothing but good be said of the dead."

Mos pro lege.
Long established custom has the force of law.

A legal term.

Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum.; Multa recedentes adimunt.
Years, as they come, bring blessings in their train;
Years, as they go, take blessings back again.

From Horace, De Arte Poetica (20 B.C.).

Multa petentibus | desunt multa.
Those who want much are always much in need.

From Horace, Odes (23 B.C.).

Mundus vult decipi et decipiatur. (Latin motto)
Translation: "The world wants to be deceived and [then] let it be deceived."

An alternate modern application includes, "There are fools born every minute so take advantage of their stupidity."

Mutatis mutandis.
With the necessary or appropriate changes having been made.

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