Monday, June 04, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 100

I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This is another group of proverbs with first conjugation verbs, present active indicative.

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Group 100

1305. I carry my things with me. (You can read a brief essay about this saying at

1306. I am human, and I consider nothing human to be alien to me. (This is a famous saying from Terence.)

1307. To command oneself is the greatest command. (You can find this saying in Seneca.)

1308. It is a hard thing to walk according to someone else's nod. (You can read a brief essay about this saying at

1309. Some things delight some people, and others delight others. (You can find this same sentiment expressed in many different ways, such as Aliis alia placent, etc.)

1310. Your things please you, and mine please me. (You can find this saying in Cicero.)

1311. The wolves reign in every city. (You can read a brief essay about this saying at

1312. Even my own dogs are barking at me. (You can read a brief essay about this saying at

1313. Many loads of worries are wearing me out. (The Latin word cura can have both a positive sense, as when you take care of something and are attentive, but it can also have a very negative connotation, as here in the sense of "worries, concerns.")

1314. Many people themselves prepare evils for themselves. (You can read a brief essay about this saying at

1315. Not all are holy who tred the threshold of the temple. (You can read a brief essay about this saying at

1316. Examples do not prove anything; rather, they provide illustrations. (From a different perspective, consider this Latin legal maxim: Exempla illustrant non restringunt legem, "Examples illustrate but do not constrain the law." )

1317. Thus you are not making honey for yourself, O bees! (You can see an illustrated emblem of this famous saying, which was supposedly written for Vergil by the emperor Augustus.)

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