Friday, May 11, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 83

I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This group again features first conjugation verbs, this time with both first and second declension nouns.

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Group 83

1092. You are hiding an elephant under your arm. (You can find a related saying in Erasmus's Adagia, 2.5.56.)

1093. You are tying a dolphin by the tail. (You can find a related saying in Erasmus's Adagia, 1.4.93.)

1094. They are arguing about a donkey's shadow. (This saying is based on a famous Aesop's fable about a man who rented a donkey but who was informed by the donkey's owner that he had not rented the shadow.)

1095. Drops of water carve out the rocks. (You can find many variant sayings such as Assidua stilla saxum excavat, Stilla continua cavat lapidem, etc.)

1096. The stars show the way. (A fuller form of this saying alludes to the story of the three wise men: Monstrant astra viam regibus, "the stars show the way to the kings.")

1097. The skies unfold the glory of God. (This is from the Psalms: Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei et opus manus eius adnuntiat firmamentum, "The skies unfold the glory of God and the firmament announces the work of his hand.")

1098. Many care for their reputation, few for their conscience. (This is a saying from Publilius Syrus.)

1099. Very often the mistakes of other people correct someone reckless. (Here is a fuller form of the phrase: Saepius emendant incautum damna aliena, flammarumque minae vicino ardente timentur, "Very often the mistakes of other people correct someone reckless, and when a neighbor's house is on fire, the flames' threats are feared.")

1100. Good luck yields friends, while poverty puts friends to the test. (A variant form of the saying is Fortuna amicos conciliat; inopia amicos probat, "Good luck makes friends get along, while poverty puts them to the test.")

1101. Fortune turns everything upside-down. (Fortune is the goddess with the wheel, spinning things up and down.)

1102. Often a small spark ignites a great fire. (There are many variants on this saying, such as this very simple version: Ex scintilla incendium, "from a spark, a fire.")

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