Monday, August 13, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 133

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

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Group 133

1728. Love conquers wild beasts. (Compare Seneca's Phaedra: Amore didicimus vinci feros, "we have learned that wild beasts can be conquered by love.") Amor vincit feros.

1729. Love knits the minds. (The more cynical view is that love deranges people's minds! Caecat amor mentes, ac interdum sapientes, "Love blinds people's minds, even sometimes those who are wise.")

1730. Love requires songs. (You can find this in Calpurnius Siculus.)

1731. Love removes fear. (Compare the saying in I John: perfecta caritas foras mittit timorem, "perfect love casts out fear." You can find the same idea in Ovid also: Amor metu vacat, "Love is free of fear.")

1732. Love begets love. (This does not just apply to romantic love. Compare this phrase: Habes amicos, quia amicus ipse es, "you have friends, because you yourself are friendly.")

1733. Injury dissolves love. (You can find this saying in Erasmus's Adagia, 4.7.79.)

1734. Love triumphs over difficulties. (The adjective ardua is used substantively here, "difficult things, difficulties.")

1735. Love conquers all. (As Vergil says in one of his Eclogues: Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori, "Love conquers all; let us also give way to love.")

1736. Truth conquers all. (Compare this nice variant: Veritas victrix, "Truth is the victor.")

1737. Patience conquers all. (You can see this illustrated in de Montenay's Cent emblemes chrestiens.)

1738. Hard work conquers all. (This is the state motto of Oklahoma.)

1739. Valor conquers all. (The translation of Latin virtus into English is notoriously difficult. The word "virtue" in English does not begin to have the range of connotations in the Latin word, which is built on the root vir-, as in "stength.")

1740. Gold conquers all. (A more cynical version of the famous saying from Vergil, amor vincit omnia.)

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