Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Famous Latin Phrases And Quotes

Continuing from my previous post on the inability to locate online translation software for Latin, I managed to locate some websites with the translation for some Latin phrases which were quoted in some English novels that I had read.

One of the excellent websites with English translations for many Latin phrases and famous quotes. According to the writeup on the website, these are commonly used Latin phrases with some of them translated from famous Greek phrases. Apart from the English translation, additional notes about the Latin phrase example the origin or explanation of certain words are also included. This website is at

I would also like to recommend other websites that introduced some basic Latin phrases that can be useful in simple communication. has a list of common Latin phrases useful for everyday use with its English translations. is an online guide for beginners learning the Latin pronunciation. It includes special pronunciations for some consonants, vowels and stresses on certain syllables which vary from the English language.

Some of the Latin quotes that I like

Latin QuotesEnglish translation
Veni, vidi, viciI came, I saw, I conquered
Dum spiro, speroWhile I breathe, I hope
Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverareIt is the nature of man to err, but it is the nature of only the foolish to persist in error
Carpe diem, quam minimum credulo posteroSeize the day, trust as little as possible in tomorrow
Sapere aude !Dare to be wise !
Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendoThe drop hollows the stone, not by force but by falling on it often
Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivasYou live, you learn
Fallaces sunt rerum speciesThe appearances of things are deceptive

Sapere aude ! (In English, Dare to be wise !)

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