Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Latin Via Proverbs 172

I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This group includes present active indicative forms of the verb fero.

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Group 172

2220. You are casting your words upon the wind. (You can find this saying in the Book of Job.)

2221. So, oxen, you bear the plow not for yourselves! (This verse is attributed to Vergil by Donatus in his "Life of Vergil.")

2222. So, sheep, you bear your fleeces not for yourselves! (This verse is attributed to Vergil by Donatus in his "Life of Vergil.")

2223. All roads lead to Rome. (You can also find this variation: Omnes viae ad Romam ducunt.)

2224. For half of their lives, nothing distinguishes the lucky and the unlucky. (You can find this saying in Erasmus's Adagia, 2.1.9. The idea is that sleep is one half of life, and while asleep, the happy and the unhappy, the lucky and the unlucky, are just the same.)

2225. Fools are afraid of Fortune; wise men bear it. (You can find this saying in Publilius Syrus.)

2226. The ears bear an insult more easily than the eyes do. (This saying is also in Publilius Syrus.)
Iniuriam aures facilius quam oculi ferunt.

2227. No one can wear a mask for long. (You can find this saying in Seneca, where the full statement is: Nemo enim potest personam diu ferre, ficta cito in naturam suam recidunt.)

2228. Often a day provides what the year refuses to offer. (You can find this saying with an "hour" instead of a "day," as here: Quod donare mora nequit annua, dat brevis hora.)

2229. It is better to endure a wrong than to inflict one. (Compare Cicero: accipere quam facere praestat iniuriam.)

2230. One must bear what is necessary, not bewail it. (You can find this saying in Publilius Syrus.)

2231. I prefer the most unjust peace to the most just war. (The saying is adapted from one of Cicero's letters.)

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