Saturday, July 4, 2020
Latin

Latin Proverbs: N

  Nemo nisi per amicitiam cognoscitur No one learns except by friendship The literal translation of this proverb is awkward and misleading. If we think of something we want to master as an adversary we are almost destined to never move...
“From time to time in history men are born a whole age too soon. Probably the men were so great, so self-fed, that recognition of them by others was not necessary to them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson “ was one of the...
Latin Tablet

Latin Proverbs: C

Cacoethes carpendi The habit of finding fault A mania for finding fault  We have all met someone who constantly feels the need to point out minor flaws with a performance or person. Go to any Youtube video and you will find a...
This is an excerpt from a blank verse drama I started writing many years ago. The speech seems pertinent to the cause of life extension.
Gradatim ferociter By degrees, ferociously. (Motto of Blue Origin) The Japanese principle of kaizen comes to mind here. Small improvements quickly accrue, yet they are not terribly encouraging. In many endeavors one's progress is slow until something clicks. Thus it requires...
Originally published on January 11, 2011. Little is known about the life of the Roman nobleman Gaius Valerius Catullus. He lived during the late Republic, befriended many prominent people, and fell in love with a woman posterity knows only by...
Cicero

Latin Proverbs: E

Latin proverbs with commentary...all beginning with the letter E.
Socrates bemoaned the lax ethics of Athenian youth. The Confucians lamented the lack of filial piety in ancient China. The Romans deplored the loss of their virtuous Republic a few fortnights after the overthrow of the last Etruscan king....
Aeneas

Latin Proverbs: L

No, I am not losing my mind. No, I have not forgotten about the letters J and K. The Latin alphabet does not contain the letter J and the letter K was rarely used. Labor ipse voluptas The pleasure is in the...
"Say thus to thyself every morning: today I may have to deal with some intermeddler in other men's affairs, with an ungrateful man; an insolent or a crafty or an envious or an unsociable or selfish man." - Marcus Aurelius "As...
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