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.
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