Friday, June 01, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 98

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 98

1274. Nothing stands in the way. (This is the "imprimatur" which expresses the approval of the Roman Catholic Church for a work's publication.) Nihil obstat.

1275. The lazy man gets in his own way. (You can find this saying in Seneca.)

1276. Worry itself summons the thief. (You can find this saying in Ovid.)

1277. The pig praises itself. (The Latin word sus is "common" gender, meaning that it can function either as masculine or feminine.)

1278. He's puffing himself up like a frog. (You can find this saying in Petronius.)

1279. Each person carries his own skin. (Compare the English saying, "The wolf must die in his own skin.")

1280. Each person's misdeed disturbs him. (You can find this saying in Cicero.)

1281. Each person has his own day. (This is a phrase from Vergil's Aeneid.)

1282. Time gobbles us up greedily. (This is a saying from Seneca's Hercules Furens.)

1283. He excuses himself, he accuses himself. (You will also find this in the form Qui se excusat, se accusat, "He accuses himself who excuses himself.")

1284. He sins twice who denies the crime. (In other words, it's a crime to deny the crime.)

1285. He sins twice over who boasts about his crime. (This is even worse than the person in proverb #1284 who compounds his crime by denying it - this person actually boasts about it!)

1286. He blows hot and cold from the same mouth. (You can find this saying in Erasmus's Adagia, 1.8.30.)

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