Memorable latin and greek quotes

Adrian

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Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt
Destiny carries the willing man, and drags the unwilling
― Seneca, Epistulae Morales XVIII

τῶν ὄντων τὰ μέν ἐστιν ἐφ᾽ ἡμῖν, τὰ δὲ οὐκ ἐφ᾽ ἡμῖν
tō̃n óntōn tà mén estin eph᾽ hēmĩn, tà dè ouk eph᾽ hēmĩn
of things some are in our power, and some are not
- Epictetus, Enchiridion I, 1
 

Adrian

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nisi impunitatis cupido retinuisset, magnis semper conatibus adversa.
but desire of escape, always a foe to great enterprises, held him back
- Tacitus Annales, XV, 50
 

Adrian

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ὁ κόσμος ἀλλοίωσις ὁ βίος ὑπόληψις
ho kόsmos alloíōsis ho bíos hupόlēpsis.
the universe is change, (the) life is assumption
- Marci Aurelii Antonini Ad Se Ipsum Libri XII, IV.3​
 

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Cum dubia incertis versetur vita periclis,
Pro lucro tibi pone diem quicumque laboras
While fickle life turns on uncertain perils,
Regard each day you struggle through a gain.
- Catonis Disticha, I.33​





Omnium rerum principia parva sunt.
The beginnings of all things are small
- Cicero, De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, V.5​





Salus populi suprema lex esto.
The wellbeing of people is to be the supreme law
- Cicero, De legibus, III,​
 

Adrian

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καὶ σύ τέκνον (kaì sú téknon)
You too (my) child ?
- Suetonius, Divus Iulius 82​
Qui se ultro morti offerant facilius reperiuntur quam qui dolorem patienter ferant
Those who volunteer to die are easier found than those who (are willing to) patiently endure pain.
- Caesar, De Bello Gallico, VII.77​
 

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Invenias, quod quisque velit. Non omnibus unum est, Quod placet. Hic spinas colligit, ille rosas.
Everyone will find what he's looking for. Nothing pleases everyone. this man gathers thorns, that one roses.
― Petronius, Satiricon (Fragmenta Petronii XXV)
 

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Iuris praecepta sunt haec: honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere
The precepts of law are these: honest living, not hurting other person, giving to each his due
- Domitius Ulpianus (Ulpian), Digesta
 

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[...] externus timor*, maximum concordiae vinculum, quamvis suspectos infensosque inter se iungebat animos
external dred *- the strongest tie of concord, united the minds however much distrustful and hostile they were
- Titus Livius (Livy), Ab Urbe Condita, II.39​

*i.e. Fear of foreign enemy
 

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δόκος δ' ἐπὶ πᾶσι τέτυκται (dόkos d' epì pãsi tétuktai)
lit. Perception is tilled on all things ( everything is a matter of perception)
- Xenophanes, fr. B 34​
 

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Quae se laudari gaudent verbis subdolis,
serae dant poenas turpi paenitentia.
Those who reyoce being praised with deceptive words
pay late the penalty with schameful remorse
- Phaedrus, Fabulae, I. XIII​
 

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Quo magis in dubiis hominem spectare periclis
convenit adversisque in rebus noscere qui sit;
nam verae voces tum demum pectore ab imo
eliciuntur et eripitur persona, manet res.
The more it's surer to observe a man in doubtful perils, mark him as he is in adversities; for then true voices are drawn from the bottom of his heart; the mask is stripped off , reality remains.
-Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, III.55-58​
 

Dantius

Homo Sapiens
Staff member
that should say ad Lucilium, should it not?
 

Adrian

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Auream quisquis mediocritatem
diligit, tutus caret obsoleti
sordibus tecti, caret invidenda
sobrius aula.
- Horace, Odes, II.10​
nam vitiis nemo sine nascitur; optimus ille est,
qui minimis urgetur.
For no one is born without vices; best is he
who is burdened with the least
- Horace, Sermones I.3.68​
 

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Sed res docuit, id verum esse, quod in carminibus Appius ait, fabrum esse suae quemque fortunae.
But experience has demonstrated that what Appius stated in his verses is true, that every man is the fashioner of his own fortune.
- Sallust, Epistola ad Caesarem II.
 

Hemo Rusticus

Ol' Skunky McDermott
Οὐχ ἁμῖν τὰ καλὰ πράτοις καλὰ φαίνεται εἶμεν
οἳ θνατοὶ πελόμεσθα τὸ δ' αὔριον οὐκ ἐσορῶμες.
- Theocritus XIII
(At first good things do not seem so to us
who mortal are & don't foresee the morn.)
 

Adrian

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καὶ εἶδον, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἵππος χλωρός, καὶ ὁ καθήμενος ἐπάνω αὐτοῦ ὄνομα αὐτῷ ὁ Θάνατος, καὶ ὁ ἅδης ἠκολούθει μετ' αὐτοῦ.
kaì eĩdon, kaì idoù híppos khlōrós, kaì ho kathḗmenos epánō autoũ ónoma autō̃ͅ ho Thánatos, kaì ho hádēs ēkoloúthei met' autoũ
And I saw and behold (a) horse "pale green"; and the (one) sitting on it, (the) name of him - the Death, and hades was following after him.

et ecce equus pallidus et qui sedebat desuper nomen illi Mors et inferus sequebatur eum.
And behold a horse pale and he who was sitting upon it , his name - (the) Death, and infernal region was following him.

- Saint John, Book of Revelation 6.8
 

Issacus Divus

H₃rḗǵs h₁n̥dʰéri diwsú
Καὶ εἶδον ἕνα ἄγγελον ἑστῶτα ἐν τῷ ἡλίῳ;

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun;


Revelation 19:17
 
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