Latin Phrases and Quotes


Latin is not a dead language. Here you can find hundreds of Latin phrases that are still in used today.

  1. Morsus serpentum, non laedit sepentes, homo homini lupus - The bite of the snake, does not harm the snake, man to man is a wolf
  2. Mortis Causa - Cause of the Death (Legal term)
  3. Mortis nihil est. Sed vivere victus, sine gloria, uti morior quotidie est - Death is nothing. But to live up with no glory, is like dying every da
  4. Mortui non mordent - The dead do not bit
  5. Mortui viventes docent - The dead teach the living (Motto written on the front door of the autopsy room)
  6. Morum dissimilitudo dissociat amicitias - The difference in customs separate friends (Cicero)
  7. Mos maiorum ut lex valet - The customs of the ancestors have the force of law (Legal term)
  8. Motu proprio - By his own will (Legal term- No one told the accused what to do)
  9. Mulier malum necessarium - The woman is a necessary evil (Terence- Phormio)
  10. Mulier mulieri magis convenit - Women living with women coexist better
  11. Mulier taceat in Ecclesia - Let the woman be silent in church
  12. Multa pausia - Much in a nutshell
  13. Multi autem sunt vocati pauci vero electi - Many are called but few chosen (Latin Vulgate Bible, Matthew 22,14 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  14. Multis e gentibus vires - From many people, strength (Motto of Saskatchewan, Canada)
  15. Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis - It is much more important what you think of yourself, than what others think of you (Seneca)
  16. Multum in parvo - Much in littl
  17. Multum, non multa - Much, not many (Quality before quantity)
  18. Mundus appellatur cælum, terra, mare et aer - The world is called to heaven, earth, sea and air (Septimivs phrase Tertvlianvs Florens)
  19. Mundus est omnia natura rerum conceptio summa, caelumque sideribus conformatum - The world is in an all-encompassing concept, all things in nature and the sky formed by the stars (Marcvs Vitrubivs Pollio in the book "De Architectura")
  20. Mundus nihil pulcherrimum - The world is a beautiful thing (Giordano Bruno said this before being burned at a stake)
  21. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur - The world wants to be deceived because it is (Francesco Petrarca, Italian poet 1304-1374)
  22. Munificentissimus Deus - The most bountiful God (Ecclesiastical term - Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII) )
  23. Munimentum ex monumento - After the palace is the monumen
  24. Musae poetis gloriam dant - Muses give glory to the poets.
  25. Mutatis mutandis - With the necessary changes (Legal term - This term applies to something that is simply comparative, used to give an example. When applying the law, just "change what you need to be changed")
  26. Mutato nomine - Changing the name
  27. Mysterium fidei - The mystery of faith (Encyclical written by Pablo VI)
  28. Nam cum iudicatur rem meam esse, simul iudicatur illius non esse - When it is judged that the object is mine, it is judged that it belongs to nobody else (Legal term - Domitius Ulpianus - Digest 3,3,40,2)
  29. Nam et ipsa scientia potestas es - Science is power (Sir Francis Bacon, English lawyer 1561-1626)
  30. Nam semper in civitate quibus opes nullae sunt bonis invident - Well, in the city those who have nothing always envy the good
  31. Nam si violandum est ius, regnandi gratia Violandum est: allis rebus pietaten colas - If there is a right to violate, violate everything to reign, but respect everything else (Legal term)
  32. Nam, ut eleganter Celsus definit, ius est ars boni et aequi - As Celso elegantly defined it, the law is the art of good and fair (Legal term - Domitius Ulpianus - The phrase "Ius est ars boni et Aequi" belongs to Celso’s son - Ulpianus Digest Domitius collected 1,1,1)
  33. Nasciturus - Who will be born (It refers to the person who is not yet born, but who has been conceived and will be born when after pregnancy)
  34. Nascuntur poetas, fiunt oratores - Poets are born, the politicians are made
  35. Natura abhorret vacuum - Nature abhors a vacuum
  36. Natura humana aevi brevis est - Human nature is feeble, and of a short existenc
  37. Natura naturans - Nature naturing (Philosophic Term - Baruch Spinoza - Nature is becoming wilder, as opposed to Nature naturata or Nature is maturing)
  38. Natura naturata - Mature maturing (Philosophic Term - Nature is maturing, as opposed to Nature naturans or Nature is becoming wilder)
  39. Natura non facit saltus - Nature does not make leaps
  40. Natura sanat, medicus curat - The physician treats, nature cure
  41. Naturalis Ratio - Natural Reason (Legal term)
  42. Naturam Subiecit Aliis - Nature subjugated to our allies (or subjugate the forces of nature for the benefit of the humanity - Motto of the School of Engineering of the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACH) in Mexico)
  43. Nauta de Ponte Nigro (Sailor From the Black Bridge (Pope Gregory XII (1406 - 1415) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  44. Navigare necesse; vivere non est necesse - Sailing is necessary, to live is not necessary (Pompey the Great(106 - 48 BC) directed this phrase to some sailors)
  45. Ne avertas oculos a fulgure huius sideris si non vis obrui procellis - Do not take your eyes from the brightness of this star, if you do not want to be annihilated by the stor
  46. Ne cede malis - Do not yield to evi
  47. Ne laterum laves - Do not waste your bricks (Terence catchphrase, which directly translates to "Do not waste your time")
  48. Ne procedat iudex ex officio - Judges shall not proceed on their own. (Legal term)
  49. Ne quid nimis - Nothing in excess
  50. Ne quis iudex in propria causa - No one is a judge in their own case
  51. Ne sutor ultra crepidam - The shoemaker shall not go beyond the shoes (It is said that the Greek painter Apeles (VI a.C.) hid behind a screen to listen to criticism of his paintings. He heard a shoemaker say that his painting was disproportionate. At night, Apeles corrected his painting, but he continued to receive criticism from the shoemaker the next day. So he came out behind the screen and asked the shoemaker for his profession, when he heard it, Apeles said the now famous sentence)
  52. Ne tentes, aut perfice - Do not attempt, or succeed (Motto on a coat of arms)
  53. Nec ego ipse capio totum, quod sum - Not even I understand everything I am (Augustine)
  54. Nec pluribus impar - Not different from many
  55. Nec plus ultra - Not beyond
  56. Nec quae praeteriit iterum revocabitur unda, nec quae praeterit hora redire potest - Water can not again return up the channel, neither can the past hours
  57. Nec soli impar - Like the sun (Motto of Felipe II)
  58. Nec tecum possum vivere, nec sine te - Neither you, nor I can live without yo
  59. Nec temere nec timide - Not afraid not to be feared
  60. Necesse est multos timeat quem multi timent - To which many fear to be afraid (D. Laberius)
  61. Necessitas caret lege - The need of no law
  62. Negative et amplius - Negative and more
  63. Negotiorum gestio - Business management (Legal term)
  64. Negotium populo Romano melius quam otium committi - The Roman people better understand work than pleasure (Apio Claudio)
  65. Nemine contradicente - No one contradicts
  66. Nemine discrepante - No contradictio
  67. Nemo alieno nomine lege agere potest - No one outside (the cause) may act on behalf of the law (Legal term - Domitius Ulpianus - Digest 50,17,123 - )
  68. Nemo auditur propiam turpitudinem alegans - No one should be heard because of his clumsiness (Legal term - No one should argue his own case, because of his clumsiness)
  69. Nemo autem regere potest nisi qui et regi - Besides no one can govern without also being ruled (Seneca)
  70. Nemo certe fuit - Certainly, there was no one
  71. Nemo damnetur sine legale iudicio - No person shall be convicted without a trial (Legal term - the principle of legal right to a trial.)
  72. Nemo dat quod non habet - Nobody gives you what they do not have
  73. Nemo esse iudex in sua causa potest - No one may be judge in its own cause (Legal term)
  74. Nemo est tam stultus quin credat Deum esse - Nobody is so foolish not believe God exists (Augustine)
  75. Nemo gratis mendax - No one is a liar for free (Legal Term that states that a person with no reason to lie is telling the truth - It also means that if someone lies, (s)he is getting something on return for it)

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