Friday, September 07, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 145

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 145

1860. Fates rule people's lives. (You can find this saying in Juvenal.)

1861. The Trojans get wise too late. (In other words: they realize their mistake after they let the Trojan horse inside the walls. You can find this sentiment in Cicero.)

1862. Cares lessen with time. (You can find this saying in Ovid.)

1863. Illnesses eat away at the soul. (This phrase is adapted from Cicero.)

1864. Truth and virtue triumph. (I really like the alliteration of this Latin family motto!)

1865. Thieves fear shouting. (You can also find this in the form Fures clamorem timent.)

1866. Future generations pay for their ancestors' crime. (Compare the Biblical passage at Lamentations 5:7.)

1867. Empty pots make a lot of noise. (When they are full, of course, they do not rattle so loudly! Interpretation: empty-headed people talk too much...)

1868. They are always on holiday. (You can find this saying in Petronius.)

1869. Spare time engenders all the vices. (You can also fin this in the form otia dant vitia.)

1870. All things rush headlong into something worse. (Compare the English, "going from bad to worse.")

1871. Trivial matters capture light-weight minds. (You can find this saying in Ovid.)

1872. The years increase, strength decreases. (The Latin has the same play on words as increase-decrease with crescunt...descrescunt.)

1873. Between the mouth and the morsel many things can fall. (Compare the English saying, "there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip.")

1874. The big fish eat the little ones. (You can find this also in the form Pisces magni parvulos comedunt.)

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