Latin Sayings for the Christian Life

A Deo et Rege – From God and the King

Credo ut intelligam – I believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)

Credite amori vera dicenti – Believe love speaking the truth. (St. Jerome)

Cum tacent, clamant – When they remain silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)

Curriculum vitae – The course of one’s life

Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia – Patience is the cure for all suffering

Contra felicem vix deus vires habet – Against a lucky man a god scarcely has power

Tempus edax rerum – Time is the devourer of things (time flies)

Tempus fugit – Time flees

Transit umbra, lux permanet – Shadow passes, light remains (On a sun dial)

Timor mortis conturbat me – The fear of death confounds me

Tantum eruditi sunt liberi – Only the educated are free. (Epictetus)

Respice finem – Look to the end

Respice post te, mortalem te esse memento – Look around you, remember that you are mortal. (Tertullianus)

Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu – The important thing isn’t how long you live, but how well you live. (Seneca)

Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt – When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults

Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est – A sword is never a killer, it’s a tool in the killer’s hands. (Seneca)



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