Monday, April 09, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 60

I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This group features sayings with pronouns, specifically with forms of hic, is and idem.

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Group 60

796. After this, therefore because of this. (This is an example of a logical fallacy, since it is not actually possible to establish cause-and-effect simply by sequence in time.)

797. This one thing is certain: there is nothing certain. (This saying is adapted from Descartes. Notice the use of the partitive genitive, nihil certi, "nothing [of] certain.")

798. The way of the fool is straight in his eyes. (This is a saying from the Biblical Book of Proverbs.)

799. The wisdom of this world is foolishness. (This is a saying from the writings of Saint Paul.)

800. The year is the chariot of the world and its charioteer is the sun and moon. (This is a phrase adapted from the medieval question-and-answer Dialogue of Pippin and Alcuin.)

801. Always the same. (This was the motto of Queen Elizabeth I of England.)

802. Love is the same for all. (You will find this saying in Vergil's Georgics.)

803. King Jupiter is the same to all. (This is a line from Vergil's Aeneid.)

804. Rage is not the same to all. (Another common form of this saying is Insania non omnibus eadem, "Madness is not the same to all," as found in Erasmsus's Adagia, 3.10.97. As often happens with proverbs, you can find a proverb that expresses the opposite sentiment; in Statius's Thebaid, you will find furor omnibus idem.)

805. For everyone there is the same way of death. (You will find this line in an elegy of Maximianus.)

806. Everyone's exit is the same. (This is a saying found in Petronius's Satyricon.)

807. Everything is the same dust. (This is a saying you will find in Erasmus's Adagia, 1.7.27.)

808. A friend is like a self-same other. (This is a sentiment found in Cicero's De Amicitia.)

809. People are made from the same flour. (A variant form of this saying is Homines sunt eiusdem furfuris, "All men are made of the same bran.")

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