Saturday, July 31, 2010


The notes here are taken from the actual Scala, so be warned that references to the "previous" proverb refer to its order in the Scala, not its order here. You can read more about the word at the Verbosum blog: AD.

Ne ignem ad ignem. ~ Note: This is an abbreviated form of the previous saying, with the verb implied but not stated; the "ne" lets you know that you are dealing with a negative command, even without the verb.

Ad maiora veniamus. ~ Note: Note the subjunctive, veniamus: Let us move on to greater things. The idea is that we are setting aside trifles in order to move on: Sed nimis multa de nugis: ad maiora veniamus. You can find these words in one of Cicero's Philippics, 2.

Sua cuique natura est ad vivendum dux. ~ Note: This is included by André Rouillé in his anthology of Cicero's notable sententiae.

Hominum tota vita nihil aliud quam ad mortem iter est.

Multi ad fatum venere suum, dum fata timent. ~ Note: Note the use of the form venere, which is equivalent to venerunt. Notice also how the prepositional phrase ad fatum...suum wraps elegantly around that verb.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

Iter ad mortem durius quam ipsa mors.

Patientes estote ad omnes. ~ Note: The form estote is a plural future imperative, hence the plural adjective in the predicate: patientes.

Ad mala facta malus socius socium trahit. ~ Note: Such elegant word play here: mala-malus-socius-socium, with "malus socius" as a noun phrase that is the subject of the sentence.

Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum.

Mille viae ducunt hominem ad Romam.

Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula ad Romam.

Omnes viae ad Romam ferunt. ~ Note: Notice that roads carry you in Latin, ferunt. Compare the English saying, "All roads lead to Rome."

Ad meliora vertamur.

Ab imo ad summum. ~ Note: This item is listed in Tosi, 692.

Ad finem fidelis.

Esto fidelis usque ad finem.

Nulli ad aliena respicienti sua placent. ~ Note: Note that the main verb and its subject, sua placent, takes a dative complement: nulli ad aliena respicienti. In English, that dative would be the subject of the sentence: "No one who gazes at other people's stuff likes his own stuff."

Non omnes ad omnia natura apti sumus.

Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum ad omnes. ~ Note: Note the subjunctive: operemur bonum, "let us do what is good." This saying is included by Polydorus in his Adagia, B295.

Ad occasum tendimus omnes.

Mane sub aurora res vertitur ad meliora. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 620.

Ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora.

A bonis ad meliora. ~ Note: This is the ultimate optimist proverb: From good things on to better things!

Mala ad se trahit, ut Caecias nubes. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.5.62; it is included by Polydorus in his Adagia, A150.

Tota vita nihil aliud quam ad mortem iter est.

Ad mortem sic vita fluit, velut ad mare flumen. ~ Note: An epigram by Owen: Ad mortem sic vita fluit, velut ad mare flumen: / vivere nam res est dulcis, amara mori.

Qui perseveraverit usque ad finem, hic salvus erit. ~ Note: This saying is included by Polydorus in his Adagia, B442.

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