Friday, August 24, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 137

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

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Group 137

1776. One world is not enough. (This was the motto of Emmanuel Nobrega, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary in Brazil.)

1777. Time flees like a shadow. (This is another motto found on sundials!)

1778. Times makes troubles easy to bear. (You can find this sentiment expressed in Seneca's Thyestes.)

1779. Fear adds wings to the feet. (We would all be as swift as Mercury this way!)

1780. Love adds wings to sluggish folk. (You can see this illustrated in Vaenius's Amorum emblemata.)

1781. Cupid wields weapons that are undefeated. (You will find this expression in Seneca's Octavia.)

1782. Love rules without law. (Compare this similar notion: Amor legem non habet, "love has no law." There is also the English saying, "all is fair in love and war.")

1783. Punishment follows on the heels of a crime like its companion. (You can see this illustration in Vaenius's Horatii Flacci Emblemata.) Culpam poena premit comes.

1784. Too much prosperity makes people greedy. (This is another saying found in Seneca.)

1785. The gullet kills more people than the sword. (A fuller form of this phrase is Gula plures occidit quam gladius, estque fomes omnium malorum, "The gullet kills more than the sword and it is the kindling for all evils.")

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