Anything worth doing is worth over-doing.

By Mary314159, in 'English to Latin Translation', Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Mary314159 New Member

    1. "Anything worth doing is worth over-doing."
    2. I intend to have this engraved on a Christmas present.
    3. Refers to someone's tendency to go overboard on anything he does.
    4. This phrase is a man's personal motto.

    Help will be much appreciated. My half-remembered school Latin isn't up to the task. Thanks in advance!
  2. Cinefactus Censor

    • Censor
    Location:
    litore aureo
    Not an exact translation, but Terence's ne quid nimis (nothing in excess) could be modified to ne quid moderate (nothing with restraint)
  3. syntaxianus Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    We just had a discussion about this. But perhaps a second look is in order. No one proposed this version, but it may have some merit to it:

    si aliquid fieri meret, meret etiam nimis fieri.

    = If something deserves to be done, it also deserves to be done too much.
  4. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Varsovia
    Wasn't that originally said by one of the seven Greek sages, though?
  5. Cinefactus Censor

    • Censor
    Location:
    litore aureo
    Quite possibly, but I haven't read the Greek sages ;)
  6. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Varsovia
    Neither have I, but from what I remember, it sounds like one of those old-time injunctions. ;)
  7. Hemo Rusticus The Lizard King

    • Civis Illustris
    My offering (having not read the other thread):
    Non satis, nisi nimis

    lit: Not enough, if not too much

    Edit: That is, unless it's overdone, it isn't done.

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