Saturday, March 03, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 38

I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This group again features third declension adjectives, with more forms of the adjective omnis - this is the last third-declension group; the next group will be fourth-declension nouns.

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Group 38

519. War of all against all. (This is the motto of Thomas Hobbes's philosophical treatise, Leviathan.)

520. Earth is the devourer of all things. (This is a phrase from the wonderful dialogue of Pippin and Albin.)

521. Death is the end of all things. (This is a saying you can find in Thomas a Kempis's Imitation of Christ.)

522. Death is the final physician of all illnesses. (Notice the word order here, putting special emphasis on the word ultimus, agreeing with medicus.)

523. Reason is the queen and the mistress of all things. (You will find this phrase in Cicero's Tusculan Disputations.)

524. Pride is the start of all evils. (Compare a similar statement in Ecclesiasticus: initium omnis peccati est superbia. )

525. Pleasure is the mother of all evils. (This is a sentiment you will find expressed in Cicero.)

526. Greed is the root of all evils. (You can also find a different arrangement - "Radix Omnium Malorum Avaritia" - which is an acronym for ROMA, Rome, used in attacks on the Catholic Church during the Reformation.)

527. The root of all evils is desire. (This is a saying you will find in 1 Timothy.)

528. The root of all evils is the love of money. (This is a variation on 1 Timothy, providing a gloss on the Greek word filarguria, the amor pecuniae, love of money.)

529. Laziness is the nurse of all vices. (Compare a similar sentiment in the "Robinson" Latin textbook from 1794: Industria plurimarum virtutum mater, pigritia vero omnium vitiorum fons est., "Hard word is the mother of so many virtues, while laziness is the source of all vices." )

530. Leisure is the origin of all evils. (Notice the great use of alliteration with the letter "o" in this saying.)

531. Love is the root of all good things. (You can find this in Saint Augustine, Sermon 72)

532. The world is a giant temple of all the gods. (This is a saying adapted from Seneca.)

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