If you follow my posts frequently you might have gathered that not only do I have a fondness for the classical world but also for philosophy and proverbs from every end of the earth.
Here I have compiled a collection of what I feel are some of the best proverbs from Ancient Rome. Some of these you may recognize by their modern-day English adaptations!
“Deos fortioribus adesse” – “The gods are on the side of the stronger”
Make your own destiny, be strong and fortune will find you.
“Caelum, non animum, mutant, qui trans mare currunt” – “Those who run off to sea change their climate but not their mind”
No matter where you go you are still yourself.
“Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis” – “It is best to endure what you cannot change”
If you can’t change something, don’t try to, instead work on what you can change.
“Si vis pacem, para bellum” – “If you wish for peace, prepare for war”
A bit of a dark one this but it speaks for itself. The pen is mightier than the sword but one must keep a sword close by in case the pen fails.
“Carpe Deim” – “Seize the Day”
Forget all of those morons screaming “YOLO LOL” at the top of their lungs, this is the original version said by Horace himself.
“Veni, vidi, vici” – “I came, I saw, I conquered”
This is a famous one, spoken by Gaius Julius Caesar. I think its’ hard to tell which version of this immortal saying is the punchier, Latin or English?
“Ancipiti plus ferit ense gula” – “Gluttony kills more than the sword; Wine has drowned more than the sea”
Very cynical one but still resounding.
“In vino veritas” – “There is truth in wine”
Better known as its’ modern variation “A drunken word is a sober thought”.
“Dulcis Domus” – “Sweet Home”
“Home Sweet Home” is what many known this as but I prefer the Italian version of “Casa Dolce Casa”.
I’ll probably end up doing a post about the best proverbs of other cultures as well in the near future.
Until then, signing off!