The heart has reasons that reason does not know

By Anonymous, in 'English to Latin Translation', Jun 8, 2008.

  1. Anonymous Guest

    Does anyone know how to translate this into LATIN:

    "...the heart has reasons that reason does not know"

  2. Ioannes New Member

    Zagrabiae, Croatia
    Rationes, quas non cognoscit ratio, cor habet.
    Rationes, quae ratione non cognoscuntur, cor habet.

    There are better options, I'm sure, these are just the first ones of the top of my head. You can change cor with pectus, or animus; and you could definitely change the clause and word order: Cor habet rationes, quas ratio non cognoscit or something like that.
  3. BacchusBritannici New Member

    Liverpool, UK
    Cor mentes habet ut mens nescit

    For reason you could also use words like:

    intellegentia and its plural intellegintiae
    consilium and its plural consilia
    causa and its plural causae

    actually I think causa would fit the reason which belongs to the heart much better, but you would lose out on the repeating that occurs in the English. Maybe you could use causa in the nominative form for not knowing, but I don't like it for some reason.

    Cor causas habet ut causa nescit

    I think I prefer

    Cor causas habet ut mens nescit

    Although, it is totally up to you. You're best waiting for a reply from one of the more experienced Latinists, just to be sure and also to get a broader range of translations.
  4. Bitmap Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Cygnea, Gena
    I'd use cognovit here

    I wonder if anyone can verify this. I'm really tired at the moment, but this doesn't seem right.
  5. Ioannes New Member

    Zagrabiae, Croatia
    Ceterum censeo hoc "ut" delendum esse. :mrgreen:

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