My Favourite Latin Phrases

My Favourite Latin Phrases

Just for fun!

I thought I’d share with you a selection of Latin phrases I’ve come to know over the course of my academic life. These particular Latin phrases make me smile! Why not use a few of these to impress your friends and family!

My Favourite Latin Phrases

Ung roy, ung foy, ung loy

One King, one Faith, one Law.

This is the ‘Burke’ family motto, the surname of my Step-family. I always remember being taught this as a child by my grandparents.



Tempus Fugit

Time Flies.

You will see this phrase engraved on clocks across the world!



Cogito ergo sum

I think, therefore I am.

This was famously declared by French philosopher René Descartes in the 17th-century.




Disce Quasi Semper Victurus, Vive Quasi Cras Moriturus

Learn as if you were going to live forever; Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

A rather beautiful motto to live by!




Fortes fortuna adiuvat

Fortune favours the bold!

This phrase continues to be used today by the US military!




Vini Vidi Vici

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered.

Was famously exclaimed by Julius Caesar when boasting of his recent military victories to the Senate.



Amor vincit omnia 

Love conquers all.

And I believe it does!




Vincit qui se vincit

He conquers who conquers himself.

I have encountered this phrase many times during my research into medieval kingship. This was a Latin phrase all medieval kings were expected to live by.




Numquam retrorsum deinceps semper

Never backward, always forward.

I can imagine this particular Latin phrase was chanted by the Roman armies during their military conquests!




Odi et amo. quare id faciam fortasse requiris.
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior

I hate you and I love you. Why do I do this, perhaps you ask.I do not know, but I feel it happening and I am tortured.

When I was a student of Latin a few years ago, I learnt the poem this verse belongs to, and I loved it! The poem (Catullus 85) was written by the Roman poet Catullus. He wrote this poem to his lover Lesbia.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little post! Let me know which of these phrases are your favourite!



  1. December 18, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    What a helpful and fun post! I love learning about other cultures, it’s always so eye opening xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • December 18, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you so much! xxx

  2. December 19, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    I love this. Our boys want to learn Latin and I need to figure out how. Their Grampy spoke Latin. He passed away two days after they turned 5. I know the language isn’t terribly useful these days, but I love that they want to learn it because it was what their Grampy knew.

    • December 19, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      That’s wonderful! I loved learning Latin – I was taught with the Cambridge Latin series, they made learning Latin so interesting xxx

  3. December 19, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    I love ‘I think therefore I am’, I know absolutely no latin but think its so cool that you do!

    Soph – x

  4. December 19, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    these are great phrases and such a unique post idea, I love it! β™₯︎

  5. janice
    December 19, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    Did not know those were latin.

  6. Creative Nails
    December 20, 2018 / 10:41 am

    What a fun and interesting post! There’s a few there I recognise, but you’ve shared and helped me learn quite a few I hadn’t heard of before. I think my favourites from your list would be; ‘Disce Quasi Semper Victurus, Vive Quasi Cras Moriturus’ and ‘Amor vincit omnia’ πŸ™‚


    • December 20, 2018 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you for reading Amy – love does conquer all πŸ™‚

  7. January 5, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    I love this! I learn something new everyday! Great quotes to live by as well. I use quotes during my daily huddle at work with my staff. I’ll be sure to impress if I say it Latin ?. Thanks for sharing!

  8. January 6, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    So kool! Lol I was trying to say them as if I understand Latin.

    • January 9, 2019 / 9:17 pm

      I sound so ‘un-Latin-like’ when I say them!!! πŸ™‚

  9. January 7, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    I love Latin phrases and reminds me my first year studying the history of art where I had to translate Latin phrases and understand the meaning of it. I would love to learn more latin phrase!


    • January 9, 2019 / 9:12 pm

      Learning Latin is one of my favourite times of the week – I’m such a nerd πŸ™‚

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