Sunday, July 5, 2015

Latin LOLCat: To Learn

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: This is one of those rhyming medieval Latin proverbs: vultis - multis. The multis in Latin could mean "in many ways" or "for many people." In Latin, you don't have to choose; trying to get that same sense is how I ended up with the double translation below. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Discere si vultis, prodest sapientia multis.

If you want to learn, wisdom has many benefits / benefits many.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4: Special Edition

For today's special edition, I decided to select some Latin sayings about liberty, along with some cats who know the value of being free, not slaves.


Libertas optima rerum.
Freedom is the best thing.



Sine iustitia nulla libertas.
Without justice there is no freedom.



Fac sapias et liber eris.
Get wise and you will be free.



In libertate labor.
In freedom, there is work.



Nemo nisi sapiens liber est.
No one, unless he is wise, is free.



Vigilia pretium libertatis.
Vigilance is the price of freedom.



Nemo liber est qui corpori servit.
No one is free who is a slave to the body.



O nomen dulce libertatis!
O sweet name of liberty!



Ubi libertas, ibi patria.
Where I am free, there is my homeland.



Quam dulcis libertas!
How sweet freedom is!



In libris libertas.
In books there is freedom.



Nolite fieri servi hominum.
Become not servants of men.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Latin LOLCat: A Friend

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Amicus res rara.

A friend is a rare thing.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Latin LOLCat: Know Thyself

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. You can read a Wikipedia article about this famous saying which goes back to ancient Greece: γνῶθι σεαυτόν. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Scito teipsum.

Know thyself.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Latin LOLCat: Courage

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The Latin word vinco which you see here has a stem, vict-, gives us the English words "victor" and "victory." More about the etymology here. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Animus omnia vincit.

Courage conquers all things.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Latin LOLCat: Sleep

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog. Epimenides was a legendary Greek philosopher and visionary who acquired his prophetic insight after having slept for over fifty years years in a sacred cave dedicated to the god Zeus. You can read more about the legend of Epimenides and his decades-long sleep at Wikipedia.

Ultra Epimenidem dormis.

You sleep more than Epimenides.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Latin LOLCat: Love

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The Latin verb for love, amare, gives us English words like amiable, amatory - and also amateur! More about the etymology here. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Ut ameris, ama.

In order to be loved, you must love.