Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group Q
(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 is often appended to a mathematical solution, with the meaning, "We have done the work we were required to do."
Also, "Why have you done this? Quo jure?"
Motto of Emperor Philipp of Swabia, Germany (1198-1208). He was murdered by Bavarian Duke Otto of Wittelsbach.
From Gaius Cornelius Gallus, in his Elegies. May we say that this is equivalent to "One who cannot pick up an ant and wants to pick up an elephant will some day see his folly"? -From George Herzog, in his Jabo Proverbs.
From Cato (c. 175 B.C.). Another Latin proverb that is similar: Omnia non pariter rerum sunt omnibus apta., "All things are not equally suitable to all men." -Propertius, Elegies.
Pilate's answer to the chief priest who objected to the title he had put on the cross. This is often used when a person is unwilling to change what he has written. -Vulgate, John, XIX, 22.
Used when the writer wants the reader to see a specific cross-reference. Always use q.v. in parenthesis (q.v.) after the desired reference.
Another Roman greeting just as it is another English greeting.
From the Old Testament, Psalms 90:4.
"The minimal number of members of a committee or board, etc. that must be present before business may be transacted"; or "The minimum number of people that must be present at a meeting before its proceedings are to be regarded as valid."
- Complete lack of agreement.
- There are as many opinions as there are men to hold them.
- There are as many viewpoints as there are people or as far from a consensus as possible.
Other interpretations include: