What are your favorite Latin phrases or just phrases in general?
omg this is a cool question, let me try to recall some of my favs:
- per adua ad astra, and all it’s variations (per aspera ad astra, sic itur ad astra, and so on). they’re all various ways of saying “through hardship, you will go the stars”. Idk, ever since I first learned the phrase, it’s always stuck with me as one of the most beautiful expressions.
- Veni, vidi, vici- I came, I saw, I conquered. It sounds imposing and powerful and like something i’d have tattoed on myself if i was a battle-scarred warrioress.
- semper ad meliora- always towards better things. I like it simply because a) it sounds nice to say (which is a common factor for all my favorite phrases, tbh) and b) it’s inspirational, as cheesy as that seems.
- Auribus Teneo Lupum- “I hold the wolf by the ears,” this one is actually an ancient proverb.
- bellum se ipsum alet- “war feeds itself”
- capax infiniti- “holding infinity”
- luctor et emergo- “I struggle and emerge”
- dum vivimus, vivamus- “while we live, let us live”
- “ita vero” is a phrase I always wish I could have courage to throw out in casual conversation, since it just means “thus indeed” and it’d be hella eloquent to use it while trying to sound smart.
- lux aeterna- “eternal light”
- nec aspera terrent- “they do not fear the difficulties”