Inspirational Take the time it takes (or, Take the time that is necessary)

Hi all, I'm working on a motto for a coat of arms that I am designing for my wife (just for a fun gift). I'm hoping to use a maxim that she frequently uses as the motto, and maybe refine it a bit.

She got the quote from a popular equestrian trainer, but she applies it to other aspects of her life: "Take the time it takes, and it will take less time." I'd like to shorten this to "Take the time it takes," or "Take the time that is necessary."

I think I'm maybe close with "Consume tempus necesse est," but I'm not really sure about it. Could someone check it?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Hi,

That isn't correct.

For "Take the time it takes/take the time that is necessary" I would say sume temporis quantumcumque est necessarium or, alternatively, sume temporis quantumcumque res poscit.

But the wordplay with "take" is lost in translation.
 
Thank you, I think you are right--although the result is less "elegant" than I'd hoped, so it will be tough to get that on a banner.

Could "quantumcumque" be dropped? It might change the meaning a bit. Sume temporis necessarium seems right for "Take the necessary time" but maybe not?

Hi,

That isn't correct.

For "Take the time it takes/take the time that is necessary" I would say sume temporis quantumcumque est necessarium or, alternatively, sume temporis quantumcumque res poscit.

But the wordplay with "take" is lost in translation.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
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