Thursday, December 06, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 152

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

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Group 152

1944. It stands on the razor's edge. (You can find this phrase in Erasmus's Adagia, 1.1.18.)

1945. Each day has its own trouble enough. (You can find this saying in the Gospel of Matthew.)
Sufficit diei malitia sua.

1946. Worries bring on white hairs. (Compare the English saying, "Fretting cares make grey hairs.")

1947. He's wearing a mask, not a face. (For more about the fascinating word persona, see this blog post.)

1948. Night presses upon day, day upon night. (You will find this expression in Seneca.)

1949. I live for the day. (The idea is to live for the day only, for the hear and now. This can also have the negative connotation of living on the edge, living from "hand to mouth," not knowing where your next meal is coming from.)

1950. I do not buy hope for a price. (You will find this saying in Terence. The idea is that someone who is handing over money should get something substantial, not just the hope of something.)

1951. Fortune nourishes hope. (This is a popular family motto.)

1952. You are nourishing empty hopes. (You will find this in Vergil's Aeneid.)

1953. After three days the fish stinks, as does the guest. (For a commentary on this saying, see the post at

1954. The sun has not yet set for all of time. (The saying is adapted from Livy.)

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