Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group N
(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.
Adapted from Vergil, this motto appears on the Great Seal of the United States and it is Yale University's founding slogan.
Also see annuit coeptis.
Another translation: "You have to keep at it." A reference by Pliny to the Greek painter, Apelles, who apparently was steadfast in practicing his art.
If a law didn't exist before a specific action was committed, one can't be sentenced to prison for that activity.
From Publius Terentius Afer (c. 185 - 159 B.C.). Terence was the son of a Libyan slave and was born at Carthage. Cicero and Horace admired him for the urbanity and polish of his plays; Caesar praised his love of "pure speech".
Motto of Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Motto of Kemper Military School and College, Boonville, Missouri, USA.