Monday, September 26, 2016

Latin LOLCat: Letters

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The saying normally refers to the way that a distant friend can become present to you by means of a letter (or, in the modern world, by a text message or email or phone call). For this poor cat, though, Scrabble letters have conjured up an absent.... d-o-g. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Litteris absentes videmus.

By means of letters we see those who are absent.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Latin LOLCat: Character

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

Vultus indicat mores.

The face indicates the character.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Latin LOLCat: Eagerness

Here is today's Latin LOLCat; this is one of the adages collected by Erasmus. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Suo quisque studio gaudet.

Everybody rejoices in their own inclinations.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Latin LOLCat: Harm No One

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The Latin word neminem which you see here is from nemo, "nobody" - and yes, that is the origin of the name Captain Nemo, who is "Captain Nobody." The word nemo itself is a contraction: ne+(h)omo, no+person = no person, nobody, no one. A fuller form of this saying, a maxim of Schopenhauer, is Neminem laede, immo omnes, quantum potes, iuva - "Harm no one; rather, help everyone as much as you are able." If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Neminem laede.

Harm no one.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Latin LOLCat: Companions

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The word for man here, vir can be seen in the English word "virile," and it is also the root of the word "virtue" (for the Romans, virtue was a manly sort of thing). If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Ex socio cognoscitur vir.

You know a man by his companion.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Latin LOLCat: Having and Wanting

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The words are from the Roman philosopher Seneca. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Qui multum habet, plus cupit.

He who has much wants more.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Latin LOLCat: True Friend

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The words are from the Biblical book of Sirach. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Beatus qui invenit amicum verum.

Blessed is he who has found a true friend.