Knowledge is power, etc


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It's awesome to have a whole forum just for latin! I took latin during a whole year on high school but I don't remember much, really.

My little brother got accepted and he's going to go to the state's uni. He'll be studying law. Anyway, he wanted an ipad and I thought it would be a good gift for him. I saw we can have some text engraved into it and i have thought one of these two options would be okay:

Constantia fundamentum est omnium virtutum
Scientia est potentia

Yet, i'm not so sure if they're correctly written.
Specially the second one, is it:

A) Scientia est potentia
B) scientia ipsa potentia est
C) ipsa scientia potestas est

Could somebody help me please?
I saw this thread:
"Scientia est potentia." and said that was right...but also: "Ipsa scientia potestas est."
So maybe the worst option might be B...but what's the diffrence then?

Thank you for your help!!


Civis Illustris
A and C are good , B is also acceptable (all of them are grammaticaly correct)
A - Scientia est potentia - Knowledge is Power (a paraphrase of the original quote by Sir Francis Bacon)
C - Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est - Knowledge itself is power ( Sir Francis Bacon, Meditationes Sacrae 1597)

Hereunder are links to L&S where you can see detail information about 'potestas' and 'potentia'

EDIT : Sniped


Staff member
If you're quoting Francis Bacon, ipsa scientia potestas est = "knowledge itself is power," is the correct choice.
Option (A) is OK though for "knowledge is power."

Manus Correctrix

I don’t like B because it’s not clear which word ipsa refers to, but all are grammatically correct.