Monday, August 27, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 138

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

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Group 138

1786. God does not abandon those who worship him. (You can also find this variant form: Deos proniores esse in eos qui maxime illos colunt, "They say the gods are more inclined to those who worship them the most.")

1787. The gladiator is trying to make a plan when in the arena. (Of course, that's a bit late to be making plans! You can find this saying in Publilius Syrus.)

1788. War is sweet to those with no experience; the man with experience is afraid. (You can find this in Erasmus's Adagia, Adagia 4.1.1. Sometimes just the short version is used: dulce bellum inexpertis.)

1789. Necessity makes even the timid be brave. (You can find this saying in Sallust.)

1790. No one can play really safely with a snake. (Compare the English proverb, "play with fire and you'll get burned.")

1791. Money does not grow in trees. (This is one of those proverbs that is so enormously popular in English that it circulates freely on the Internet in Latin as well.)

1792. A bad tree drives its roots more deeply. (You will find this saying in Ovid.)

1793. He can't see the leaves in the forest. (You can find this saying in Ovid.)

1794. A little fire, how much forest it burns! (This is a variation on the expression in the Biblical Letter of James.)

1795. The wild fig tree breaks through immense marble blocks. (You can find a variation on this saying in Martial.)

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