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Proverbs for Chapter 1

1.1  Terra incognita.
   terra, -ae.  earth, land.
   incognitus, -a, -um.  unexamined, unknown, unrecognized.

1.2  Terra firma.
   firmus, -a, -um.  firm, strong, steady; lasting.

1.3  Roma aeterna.
   aeternus, a, um.  everlasting, eternal.

1.4  Tabula rasa.
   tabula, -ae.  board, plank, tablet, slate.
   rasus, -a, -um.  scraped, shaved; erased.

1.5  Persona non grata.
   persona, -ae.  mask; role, personality; person.
   gratus, a, um.  pleasing, welcome; thankful, grateful.

1.6  Ad litteram.
   ad (prep. + acc.).  to, towards.
   littera, -ae.  letter.  pl: literature, knowledge.

1.7  Ad lunam.
   luna, -ae.  moon; moonlight.

1.8  Ad nauseam.
   nausea, -ae.  seasickness, nausea.

1.9  Ad bestias.
   bestia, -ae.  animal, brute, beast.

1.10  Ad Kalendas graecas.
   Kalendae, -arum.  first day of Roman month.
   graecus, a, um.  Greek.

1.11  Fama volat.
   fama, -ae.  report, rumor, gossip.
   volo, -are.  to fly.

1.12  Pecunia non olet.
   pecunia, -ae.  property;  wealth, money.
   oleo, -ere.  to emit an odor; to smell, stink.

1.13  Innocentia eloquentia est.
   innocentia, -ae.  harmlessness, integrity, innocence.
   eloquentia, ae.  eloquence.

1.14  Fortuna caeca est.
   fortuna, -ae.  chance, fate, fortune, luck.
   caecus, a, um.  blind.

1.15  Aqua profunda est quieta.
   aqua, -ae.  water.
   profundus, -a, -um.  deep; high; thick, dense; boundless.
   quietus, -a, -um.  resting, sleeping; calm, undisturbed.

1.16  Aquila non captat muscas.
   aquila, -ae.  eagle.
   capto, -are.  to seize, catch.
   musca, -ae.  fly (insect).

1.17  Aquila non generat columbas.
   genero, -are.  to produce, bring to life.
   columba, -ae.  dove, pigeon.

1.18  Iniuria non excusat iniuriam.
   iniuria, -ae.  injustice, wrong-doing.
   excuso, -are.  to except from blame, excuse.

1.19  Umbram suam timet.
   umbra, -ae.  shade, shadow.
   suus, sua, suum.  his, her, its, their (own).
   timeo, -ere, timui.  to fear, dread.

1.20  Mutat via longa puellas.
   muto, -are.  to move, change.
   via, -ae.  way, road.
   longus, a, um.  long.
   puella, -ae.  young woman, girl.  

1.21  Mea culpa.
   meus, a, um.  my, mine.
   culpa, -ae.  fault, blame; error, sin.

1.22  Via Dolorosa.
   via, -ae.  way, road.
   dolorosus, -a, -um.  painful, sorrowful.

1.23  Via Lactea.
   lacteus, -a, -um.  milky; white, milky white.

1.24  Via trita, via tuta.
   tritus, a, um.  worn, well-worn, frequented.
   tutus, a, um.  safe, secure.

1.25  Per vias rectas.
   per (prep. + acc.).  through, by way of.
   rectus, -a, um.  ruled, straight; right, correct.

1.26  In absentia.
   in (prep. + abl/acc).  in, into.
   absentia, -ae.  absence.

1.27  In propria persona.
   proprius, -a, -um.  one's own; peculiar, characteristic.
   persona, -ae.  mask; role, personality; person.

1.28  Non sine causa.
   sine (prep. + abl.).  without.
   causa, -ae.  reason, motive; situation, case.

1.29  Hic et nunc.
   hîc.  here, in this place; in this matter.
   nunc.  now.

1.30  Nunc aut numquam.
   aut.  or.
   numquam.  never.

1.31  Ubi bene, ibi patria.
   ubi.  where.
   bene.  well; favorably, prosperously.
   ibi.  there.
   patria, -ae.  fatherland, homeland.

1.32  Hannibal ad portas.
   porta, -ae.  gate.

1.33  Ardua ad gloriam via.
   arduus, a, um.  steep, lofty.
   gloria, -ae.  fame, renown.

1.34  In maxima potentia minima licentia.
   maximus, -a, -um.  greatest, most, biggest.
   potentia, -ae.  power, might, ability.
   minimus, -a, -um.  least, smallest.
   licentia, -ae.  freedom, permission, liberty.

1.35  In ista vipera est veprecula.
   iste, a, ud.  that; that one over there.
   vipera, -ae.  viper, snake.
   veprecula, -ae.  thornbush.

1.36  Ubi sunt?

1.37  Littera scripta manet.
   littera, -ae.  letter.  pl: literature, knowledge.
   scriptus, -a, -um.  written.
   maneo, -ere, mansi, mansus.  to remain, stay; endure, last.

1.38  Non semper errat fama.
   semper.  always.
   erro, -are.  to wander;  to err, be wrong.
   fama, -ae.  report, rumor, gossip.

1.39  Haud semper errat fama.
   haud.  not, not at all.

1.40  Publica fama non semper vana.
   publicus, a, um.  belonging to the people;  common.
   vanus, a, um.  empty, meaningless.  

1.41  Pro patria.
   pro (prep. + abl.)  before, for, for the sake of.

1.42  Pro forma.
   forma, -ae.  figure, shape;  beauty.

1.43  Sub poena.
   sub (prep. + abl/acc).  under.

1.44  Multis cum lacrimis.
   multus, a, um.  much.  pl: many.
   lacrima, -ae.  tear (as in weeping).

1.45  Cogito ergo sum.
   cogito, -are.  to think, reflect.
   ergo.  therefore.

1.46  Laborare est orare.
   laboro, -are.  to work, toil, strive.
   oro, -are.  to speak; argue, plead; to pray.

1.47  Nec timeo nec sperno.
   sperno, -ere, sprevi, spretus.  to remove; to reject, scorn.

1.48  Nec habeo, nec careo, nec curo.
   habeo, -ere, habui, habitus.  to have.
   careo, -ere, carui, ---.  to be without, to lack.
   curo, -are.  to care for, treat; to be concerned with.

1.49  Nihil obstat.
   nihil / nil.  nothing.
   obsto, -are, obstiti.  to stand in the way; oppose, obstruct.

1.50  Ante tubam trepidat.
   ante (prep. + acc.)  before, in front of.
   tuba, -ae.  trumpet, war-trumpet.
   trepido, -are.  to be busy; to be agitated, anxious.

1.51  Alis volat propriis.
   ala, -ae.  wing.
   volo, -are.  to fly.
   proprius, -a, -um.  one's own; peculiar, characteristic.

1.52  In umbra pugnabimus.
   umbra, -ae.  shade, shadow.
   pugno, -are.  to fight, battle.

1.53  Anguillam cauda tenes.
   anguilla, -ae.  eel.
   cauda, -ae.  tail.
   teneo, -ere, tenui, tentus.  to hold, keep, preserve.

1.54  Viperam sub ala nutricas.
   vipera, -ae.  viper, snake.
   nutrico, -are.  to suckle, nourish.

1.55  Aquilam volare doces.
   aquila, -ae.  eagle.
   doceo, -ere, docui, doctus.  to teach.

1.56  Horas non numero nisi serenas.
   hora, -ae.  hour; time, moment.
   numero, -are.  to count; to reckon, consider.
   nisi.  if not, unless.
   serenus, -a, -um.  clear, bright, fair.

1.57  Nemo propheta in patria.
   nemo, neminis.  nobody, no one.
   propheta, -ae (m.)  prophet.

1.58  Falsa est fiducia formae.
   falsus, a, um.  wrong, mistaken.
   fiducia, -ae.  confidence, trust.

1.59  Rara mistura cum sapientia forma.
   rarus, a, um.  scattered, scanty; infrequent.
   mistura, -ae.  combination, mixture.
   sapientia, -ae.  wisdom.

1.60  Non volat in buccas assa columba tuas.
   bucca, -ae.  cheek;  puffed-out cheek, mouthful.
   assus, a, um.  roasted, dried.
   columba, -ae.  dove, pigeon.
   tuus, a, um.  your, yours.


Laura Gibbs ( Last updated: September 4, 2006 12:35 PM