Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Latin Via Proverbs 164

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.

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Group 164

2105. Fears guards kingdoms. (The saying can be found in Seneca's Oedipus.)

2106. Time flies, death comes. (This is a Latin motto from a sundial.)

2107. White hair comes quickly. (The adjective festina modifies the subject of the verb, functioning like an adverb. The saying is from Claudianus.)

2108. Pleasure does not know how to set a limit. (The saying is from Ambrosius, in the Nova Floresta of Bernardes.)

2109. Love does not know how to keep within bounds. (The saying is adapted from Propertius.)

2110. The wise man governs his feelings; the fool is enslaved to them. (The saying is adapted from Publilius Syrus.)

2111. The fool does not know how to be quiet. (Compare Albertanus: nescit ergo stultus loqui, tacere non potest. )

2112. He who is silent, consents. (You can also find this variant form: Qui tacet, consentire videtur.)

2113. He who seeks, finds. (You can find this saying in the Gospel of Matthew.)

2114. He who sleeps does not sin. (The complete saying is Qui bibit, dormit; qui dormit, non peccat; qui non peccat, sanctus est; ergo: qui bibit sanctus est, "He who drinks, sleeps; he who sleeps, does not sin; he who does not sin is holy; therefore: he who drinks is holy." There are many variations on this medieval mock syllogism.)

2115. He who keeps watch does not sleep. (Compare the prayer in Psalm 121: nec dormitet qui custodit te, "the one who guards you will not sleep.")

2116. Who watches the watchers? (The saying is adapted from Juvenal.)

2117. Who does not know the joys of Venus? (You will find this in the Satyricon.)

2118. There is nothing more sweet than to know everything. (You will find this in Erasmus's Adagia, 5.1.42.)

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