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Lift your lamp beside the golden door, Break not the golden rule, avoid well the golden calf, know; not all that glitters is gold, and laissez faire et laissez passer [let do and let pass] but as a shining sentinel, hesitate not to ring the bell, defend the gates, and man the wall

Friday, March 26, 2010




Ad hominem - Appealing to a person's physical and emotional urges, rather than her or his intellect

Argumentum ad ignorantiam - Arguing from ignorance 

Amor vincit omnia - Love conquers all. (from Virgil)

Aut disce aut discede - Either learn or leave

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam - I will either find a way or make one

Ave caesar! Morituri te salutamus - Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you. (gladiators before the fight)

Beati pacifici - Blessed are the peacemakers

 Bene legere saecla vincere - To read well is to master the ages. (Professor Isaac Flagg)

Bibere venenum in auro - Drink poison from a cup of gold

Bona fide - In good faith. i. e. well 
Bonum commune hominis - Common good of man

Caeci caecos ducentes - Blind leading the blind

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

Cogito, ergo sum - I think, therefore I am. (Reni Descartes)
Consensus audacium - An agreement of rash men. (a conspiracy) (Cicero)

Cotidiana vilescunt - Familiarity breeds contempt 

Cotidie damnatur qui semper timet - The man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)

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

Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem - It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)

Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare - Any man can make a mistake; only a 
fool keeps making the same one

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

Cum grano salis - With a grain of salt. (Pliny the Elder?)

Cum laude magnum - With great success

Cum laude - With praise Cum tacent, clamant - When they remain silent, they cry out.

(Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)

Damnant quod non intellegunt - They condemn what they do not understand

De asini umbra disceptare - To argue about the shadow of an ass. (petty things for petty mind)

De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum - Of two evils, the lesser must always be chosen (Thomas a 

De facto - Something that is automatically accepted De iure - By law. According to law

De minimis non curat praetor - The authority or king, or law does not care about trivial things

De minimis - With respect to trifles

De mortuis nil nisi bonum - Say nothing but good about the dead. (Chilon)

De nihilo nihil - Nothing comes from nothing. (Lucretius)

Deo Optimo Maximo - To God, the Best, the Greatest

Deo vindice - God our defender. (motto of the Confederate States of America)

Deo volente - God willing

Deus et natua non faciunt frusta - God and nature do not work together in vain

Deus ex machina - A contrived or artificial solution. (literally, 'a god from a machine')

Deus misereatur - May God Have Mercy

Deus vobiscum - God be with you

Deus volent - (as) God will

Deus vult! - God wills it! (Slogan of the Crusades)

Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient

Dies Irae - Day of Wrath, or Judgment Day

Difficile est saturam non scribere - It is hard not to write satire. (Juvenalis)

Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas - It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you 

should practice it. (Pliny the Younger)

Discere docendo - To learn through teaching

Dixi - I have spoken. (I will say no more on the matter, and no one else may speak further)

Dominus illuminatio mea - The Lord is my light

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus - Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon. (motto of Harry Potter's alma mater)

Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem - As long as we are among humans, let us be humane. 

Dum spiramus tuebimur - While we breathe, we shall defend

Dum spiro, spero - While I breathe, I hope. (Cicero)

Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum - While we have the time, let us do good

Dum vita est spes est - While life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope

Posuerunt Me Custodem - (?Put/there is, Watch Over You/Us?)

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" -Juvenal and “who will watch the watchers?” or "who will guard the 
guardians themselves?"

Quotes Sorted by Age
[Quotes of Antiquity] before 1700

[Quotes of the Founding Age] 1700s to late 1800s

[Quotes of Modernity] from the Birth of Futurism to the new Millenium

[Quotes and Writings Referenced by Dr. Savage] the name says it all


Agelessly Sorted Quotes  
[Aphorisms] Latin and Colloquialisms


[Words To Fear, Ideas To Expose] evil ideas that need light's disinfection


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