Be true to yourself, Be kind to others

By Anonymous, in 'English to Latin Translation', Nov 20, 2006.

  1. Anonymous Guest

    I need help translating these 2 very simple lines from English to Latin:

    "Be true to yourself"

    "Be kind to others"

    I would really appreciate it.
  2. QMF Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Virginia, US
    I don't really know about the 2nd one since I don't want to open a dictionary and likely get the wrong word, but the 1st is pretty much intranslatable; it's just too idiomatic.
  3. Iynx Consularis

    • Consularis
    I will for your second query venture

    Esto aliis benevolus.

    (This would be addressed to a singular masculine entity).

    "Be true to yourself" is difficult, not to say controversial; the question has arisen in this Forum on at least two previous occasions. In many places on the web one finds Tibi ipsi dic vere, literally "Tell yourself the truth". But no one has been able to cite an authoritative source for this, or to connect it with the concept of being true to oneself. I fear it may be another example of what I call "web-Latin". My own translation of the phrase?

    Esto tibi ipsi fidus.

    (Again, singular and masculine).

    Hope this helps.

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