Monday, August 13, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 131

I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This group includes third conjugation verbs with third declension nouns.

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Group 131

1708. Truth triumphs. (You can also find this in a fuller form: Super omnia autem vincit veritas, "Truth, however, triumphs over all.")

1709. Youth escapes. (Before I knew it, I had gray hairs... and I guess I will be needing bifocals soon! You can find this phrase in one of Horace's Epodes.)

1710. Spring drives out the winter. (Compare this fuller form: Ver hiemem sequitur; sequitur post triste serenum, "Spring follows winter; after sadness, calm follows.")

1711. Force fights back force. (Compare a similar idea in fraus repellit fraudem, or the English saying "fight fire with fire.")

1712. Reading nourishes talent. (You can find this expression in Seneca.)

1713. Rivalry nourishes talents. (You can also find this saying expressed in the passive: Aluntur aemulatione ingenia, "talents are nourished by rivalry.")

1714. Hunger seasons the servings. (Compare the English saying, "Hunger makes the best sauce.")

1715. Laziness weakens strength. (Compare this similar idea in Publilius Syrus: Arcum intentio frangit, animum remissio, "Stretching breaks the bow; relaxation breaks the mind.")

1716. Rust eats up iron. (You will find this saying in Quintus Curtius. This is also a saying about use and lack of use, as you can see in this variant: Ferrum quo non utimur, obducitur robigine, "iron which we do not use is covered by rust.")

1717. Anger forges the swords. (This saying is adapted from Horace.)

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