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.
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.
An alternate meaning is "Dead men carry no tales."
Latin idiom: A contrary statement of the Roman, De mortuis nil nisi bonum, "Let nothing but good be said of the dead."
A legal term.
Years, as they go, take blessings back again.
From Horace, De Arte Poetica (20 B.C.).
From Horace, Odes (23 B.C.).
An alternate modern application includes, "There are fools born every minute so take advantage of their stupidity."