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beartheegrimly-demigod·4 days agoText


“To what purpose, April, do you return again?”

— First line of “Spring” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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beartheegrimly-demigod·9 days agoText


(in case you wanted to know because i fucking love this language) 

  • ad astra per aspera - to the stars through difficulties 
  • alis volat propriis - he flies by his own wings 
  • amantium irae amoris integratio est - the quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love 
  • ars longa, vita brevis - art is long, life is short 
  • aut insanity homo, aut versus facit - the fellow is either mad or he is composing verses 
  • dum spiro spero - while I breathe, I hope 
  • ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem - with the sword, she seeks peace under liberty 
  • exigo a me non ut optimus par sim sed ut malis melior - I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better than the bad
  • experiential docet - experience teaches 
  • helluo librorum - a glutton for books (bookworm) 
  • in libras libertas - in books, freedom 
  • littera scripta manet - the written letter lasts 
  • mens regnum bona possidet - an honest heart is a kingdom in itself 
  • mirabile dictu - wonderful to say 
  • nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit - there is no book so bad that it is not profitable in some part 
  • omnia iam fient quae posse negabam - everything which I used to say could not happen, will happen now 
  • poeta nascitur, non fit - the poet is born, not made 
  • qui dedit benificium taceat; narrat qui accepit - let him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it 
  • saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit - often, it is not advantageous to know what will be 
  • sedit qui timuit ne non succederet - he who feared he would not succeed sat still 
  • si vis pacem, para bellum - if you want peace, prepare for war 
  • struit insidias lacrimis cum feminia plorat - when a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears 
  • sub rosa - under the rose 
  • trahimir omnes laudis studio - we are led on by our eagerness for praise
  • urbem latericium invenit, marmoream reliquit - he found the city a city of bricks; he left it a city of marble 
  • ut incepit fidelis sic permanet - as loyal as she began, so she remains
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