Learn from Yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow

By Anonymous, in 'English to Latin Translation', Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Anonymous Guest

    could some one please help me traslate the quote...

    "Learn from Yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow"
    its very important to me please help!!

    thanks!!
  2. QMF Civis Illustris

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    What's the noun form of "yesterday", Latinists? I know heri is the adverbial form.
  3. Fulgor Laculus Civis Illustris

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    Tomorrow as a noun: crastinus dies.
    Yesterday as a noun: hesternus dies.
    I know of no single word nouns for these.

    So to avoid the clumsiness of a literal translation, I'll replace the specific days with the general terms for past, present and future:
    Disce a praeteritis, vive in praesentia, fide futuro.

    crede postero is a possible alternative for fide futuro that fans of Horatius might like.
  4. QMF Civis Illustris

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    A good workaround. I like it. It works especially well since the English isn't really trying to literally say what happened yesterday or tomorrow (though one loses the metaphor).

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