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. Bruta fulmina et vana - Thunderbolts that strike blindly and in vain (Pliny the Elder - Naturalis Historia II)
  2. Caeca invidia est - Envy is blind (Livy)
  3. Caeli enarram glorian dei - The heavens proclaim the glory of Go
  4. Caelo tonante credimus Iovem regnare - When we hear thunder, we believe that Jupiter reign
  5. Caelum mihi lex - Heaven is my law (Inscribed in a sun dial)
  6. Caesar decimae legioni indulgebat - Caesar was lenient with the tenth legio
  7. Caesar misit legatos qui nuntiarent hoc consilium - Caesar sent ambassadors to announce this determinatio
  8. Caesarem vehis, Caesarique fortunam - You carry Caesar and Caesar's fortune (Julius Caesar said this words on a stormy voyage across the Adriatic Sea to pirates who had kidnapped him. These pirates would ask for a reward of 20 bars of gold, but Cesar insisted that they charged 50 for him. After Caesar was released, Caesar and his troops captured these pirates and crucified them - It was said to a Captain attempting to bring Caesar (in disguise) back to Italia, in search of Marcus Antonius and the bulk of Caesar's army. Not Pirates... He told them "I will return & crucify you all.." - Thank you: S. Scott Fain
  9. Caetera desideratum - The rest is wishe
  10. Caetera desunt - The rest is wantin
  11. Calamo currente - With a running pen (Without thinking - Excuse for an errata)
  12. Calumniare est falsa crimina intendere - Slander is a false crime charge (Legal term)
  13. Calvus turpis nihil compton - Nothing more despicable than a bald-man who pretends to have hair
  14. Campus - Field (Academic term - University grounds)
  15. Canis Canem Edit - Dog eat do
  16. Canis et Coluber - Dog and Adder). Leo XII (1823-1829) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  17. Canis maior - Greater dog (Alpha dog - Name of a constellation)
  18. Canis meus id comedit - My dog ate it (Excuse to what happen to your homework)
  19. Canis Minor - Lesser Dog (Name of a constellation)
  20. Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet - A timid dog barks more fiercely than he bites (Curtis Rufus, De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni VII)
  21. Canonicus de Latere - A Canon From the Lateran (Pope Honorius III (1216-1227) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  22. Cantabrum indoctum iuga ferre nostra - The Cadiz tribe, not used to bearing our yoke (Horace - Odes II, 6)
  23. Canticum - Song (Musical accompaniment, in Roman Theater, to an easily distinguished lyrical vocal part)
  24. Canticum Simeonis - Song to Simon (Clasical song performed by Domenico Puccini)
  25. Cantus est cum laude Dei - It is a song with praise of Go
  26. Capitis deminutio - Lowering of status (Legal term - Civil death: Lose of liberty, citizenship or family ties)
  27. Caput ieiunii - Beginning of the fast (Ecclesiastical term - Ash Wednesday)
  28. Cardinal in pectore - Cardinal in the breast (Ecclesiastical term - The pope keeps it a secret until he wishes to announce it)
  29. Caritas Christi urget nos - The charity of Christ urges us (Motto of several nun congregations)
  30. Caritate et benevolentia oportet esse, non armis. - It should be in affection and kindness, not by arms. (Thank you: Christina )
  31. Carmina non dant panem - Songs do not give bread (Songs will not feed you)
  32. CAro DAta VERmibus - Flesh given to the worms (Some people claim that this is the etymology of cadaver according to Saint Isidore)
  33. Caro putridas es - You're dead mea
  34. Caro roborat, pisces vero sunt parvi alimenti - The meat nourishes, but the fish are really of little food
  35. Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero - Capture the day, put minimum trust on tomorrow (Horace - Odes I, 11 - Seize the day, don't let it go without taking advantage of it - Don't waste the opportunity)
  36. Carpe noctem - Seize the night (Party!!! compare with Carpe Diem)
  37. Carpent tua poma nepotes - Your descendants will pick your fruit (Virgil - Motto of Montería, Colombia)
  38. Caseus et panis sunt optima fercula sanis - Bread and cheese is the optimum food for healthy peopl
  39. Caseus ille sanus quem dat avara manus - Cheese is healthy when given with a sparing han
  40. Castigat ridendo mores - Punish customs through humo
  41. Castigo corpus meum - I punish my body (Ecclesiastical term - A self-punishing practice to cleanse sin)
  42. Casus belli - Cause of wor (Diplomatic term - Reason to start a war)
  43. Casus federis - Federal Case (Diplomatic term)
  44. Casus fortuitus a mora excusat - Fortuitous events should excuse a party (Legal term)
  45. Catapultam habeo - I have a catapul
  46. Causa causae est causa causati - The cause of the cause is the cause of the effect (Legal term)
  47. Causa criminalis non praeiudicat civile - A criminal case predicate the civil case (Legal term)
  48. Causa iudicata individua est - A judged matter is indivisible (Legal term)
  49. Causa mortis - Caused by death (Legal term)
  50. Causa petendi - Alleged cause (Legal term)
  51. Cave Canem - Beware of the do
  52. Cave ne cadas - Beware of falling (Falling from a high social position)
  53. Caveant consules - Consuls (of the Roman Senate) bewar)
  54. Caveat emptor - Buyer beware (Legal term - Sold as is, no warranty)
  55. Cedant arma togae, concedat laurea laudi - Let arms yield to the toga and laurels to laudation (Cicero - De Officiis)
  56. Celeritas et subtilitas patrio - Speed and subtilty for the Homeland (Motto of la U.E.I. - Unidad Especial de Intervención, Spanish Civil guard)
  57. Centum - Hundred (A family of hundreds of indo-european languages)
  58. Certa Bonum Certamen - Fight the Good Fight (Latin Vulgate Bible - 1st Timothy 6, 12)
  59. Certe tamquam innocens ducta est - Acted like as if he was innocent (Pliny the Younger - Epistularvum IV)
  60. Certitudo est status mentis quae afirmat vel negat aliquid sine formidine errandi - Certainty is a state of mind something is confirmed or denied without the fear of being wrong
  61. Certum est quia impossible est - It is certain because it is impossible (Tertullian - "De Carne Christi")
  62. Cervus Sirenae - Stag of the Siren (Pope Anti-pope John XXIII (1410-1415) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  63. Cessante causa, cessant effectus - Cease the cause, cease the effect (Medical Maxim)
  64. Cessante ratione legis, lex ipsa cessat - when the reason for a law no longer exists, the law itself ceases to exist (Legal term)
  65. Ceteris Paribus - All else being equal (Used by economist when they build models)
  66. Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam - I certainly claim that Carthage must be destroyed (This is how Cato the Elder finilized his speeches - Also with Delenda est carthago and Praeterea censeo ... )
  67. Christi Matri - Mother of Christ (Encyclical letter written by pope Paul VI)
  68. Christus Rex - Christ is King {Thank you: Conger Edward }
  69. Circa - Around (Refers to dates abbreviated as c.)
  70. Circa Anum - Around the year (Refers to dates abbreviated as c.a.)
  71. Cis natura leges - Within the laws of nature
  72. Cisne carnem amicum inveni? - ¿Perhaps I have not found a friendly man?
  73. Cito fit quod dii volunt - What the gods want happens soon (Petronius)
  74. Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
  75. Claudite iam rivos, pueri, at prata biberunt - Turn off the watercourses, boys, the fields have drunk enough (Virgil - Enough is enough)

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