Friday, January 25, 2008

Latin Via Proverbs 163

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

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Group 163

2095. All bad things end in time. (There are many sayings about the healing powers of time, for example, tempus optima medicina; tempus dolorem lenit, etc.)

2096. All things obey money. (The saying is adapted from Ecclesiastes.)

2097. All things obey silver. (This saying can be found in Polydorus's Adagia.)

2098. Enemies do not sleep. (This is often used in a religious context, referring to the enemies of God.)

2099. While the cat sleeps, the mice leap. (Compare this similar saying: Dum felis dormit, mus gaudet et exsilit antro.)

2100. He's sleeping the sleep of Endymion. (This was a classical proverb, as you can see in Cicero. You can read about Endymion at wikipedia.)

2101. It is good and sweet to sleep in one's own skin. (Here is a rhyming version: cum cutis est plana, erit dormitio sana.)

2102. It's easier to find than the head of the Nile. (This is a saying for something that is very hard to find indeed! You can also find it with a subjunctive verb: facilius sit Nili caput invenire.)

2103. It is not right to know all things. (You can find this saying in Horace.)

2104. Virtue does not know how to be a slave. (This saying is used in the neo-Latin drama Pedantius.)

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