Latin Sayings for the Writer

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur – Anything said in Latin sounds profound

Ab imo pectore – From the bottom of the chest. (from the heart) (Julius Caesar)

Cui dono lepidum novum libellum? – To whom do I give my new elegant little book? (Catullus)

Cacoethes scribendi – An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)

Cave ab homine unius libri – Beware of anyone who has just one book. (Latin Epigram)

See Essay on “homo unius libri”


Of course, it may depend on the book. What if you were on a desert island and could only have one book…what would that book be? Why? Would that make you dangerous?

In Trunk of Scrolls we see how one book can change your life for better or for worse.

(Thanks to for phrases and translations.)