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: AMOR.

Amor omnibus idem. ~ Note: The words are from Vergil's Georgics, 3, where he is describing the feeling of love and desire that animates the whole natural world: Omne adeo genus in terris hominumque ferarumque / et genus aequoreum, pecudes pictaeque volucres, / in furias ignemque ruunt: amor omnibus idem.

Amor vincit omnia. ~ Note: This motto famously appears in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, inscribed on the brooch of the prioress herself, Madame Eglantine, who is not your typical nun, of course.

Mentis sol amor dei. ~ Note: You can see this saying in one of Vaenius's emblems here: image.

Ubi amor, ibi oculus. ~ Note: See the previous proverb for comments about ubi... ibi... For this proverb, the meaning is definitely spatial: Where someone's love is, there the eye looks!"

Oculi sunt in amore duces. ~ Note: This saying can be found in Propertius, Elegies 2.15.

Amor legem non habet. ~ Note: Compare the earlier saying about love not knowing how to stay within bounds: Nescit amor habere modum.

Vincet amor patriae. ~ Note: You can find this sentiment in Vergil's Aeneid, Book 6; the complete line is: vincet amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido. As often with the Aeneid, the context is gloomy: Anchises is telling Aeneas about Lucius Junius Brutus, founder of the Roman Republic, and referring to how Brutus's love of country will overcome his love for his own sons, when he executes them for their participation in a conspiracy to bring back the monarchy.

Ducit amor patriae. ~ Note: This is the motto of the 361st Infantry division of the United States Army, as you can see here: image.

Amori finem tempus, non animus facit. ~ Note: You put an end to something in the dative: amori finem facit. This is one of the sayings of Publilius Syrus. Note that animus here needs to mean something like mind or willpower - you cannot just decide to stop loving.

Veri amoris nullus est finis. ~ Note: This is the title John Owen gave to one of his epigrams, which reads: Numquam vera fuit caritas, quae desiit esse; / Nam nullus veri finish amoris erit (12.3).

Amor mundum fecit. ~ Note: For thoughts and reflections on this saying, see Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy.

Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori. ~ Note: This is a fuller form of the previous saying; the words are from Vergil's Eclogues, 10.

Cedamus amori. ~ Note: Note the use of the subjunctive here, cedamus: Let us yield to love.

Ubi amor, ibi dolor. ~ Note: This is another one of those correlative ubi...ibi proverbs: Where (when) there is love, there is heartache.

Primus amor potior. ~ Note: Here you see the masculine singular comparative form, potior, agreeing with the subject, amor.

Nescit amor habere modum. ~ Note: Virtue may consist entirely in moderation, but love is something that knows no bounds! That is what makes love so dangerous: it tends to excess.

Amor ordinem nescit. ~ Note: This sentiment is expressed in one of the letters of Saint Jerome, 7.

Noscitur adverso tempore verus amor. ~ Note: In other words, only in adversity do you discover whether a love is true, or not.

Signum pacis amor. ~ Note: This is a motto of the Bell family.

Amor magister est optimus. ~ Note: I guess in a competition between time and love for the title of best teacher, I would probably be tempted to pick time as truly the best teacher... but they are both serious contenders, of course.

Amor omnibus haud idem. ~ Note: This saying provides a counterpoint to the previous saying. Proverbs do not express absolute truths, after all - and one way to disagree with an existing saying is to negate it with the word "non" or "haud."

Nemo est in amore fidelis. ~ Note: These words are from one of the elegies by Propertius, 2.34.

Amor amorem gignit, sicut ignis ignem. ~ Note: You can also find this saying in a shortened form, "Amor amorem gignit" and also "Amor gignit amorem."

Alius est amor, alius cupido. ~ Note: This is another of those "aliud…aliud" sayings: Love is one thing, but Cupid (lust) is another.

Libenter amorem ferto. ~ Note: Ferto is the future imperative of fero; libenter is the adverbial form of the participle, libens, "willingly, gladly" (you can see there is a bit of "libido" there in "libens"). This is one of the sayings included in the monostichs attributed to the so-called "Cato."

Non clamor, sed amor cantat in aure dei. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 185: Frustra lingua laborat, si cor non simul orat; / non clamor, sed amor cantat in aure Dei.

Fallit quemque caecus amor sui. ~ Note: The word sui is used as the genitive form of the pronoun se: amor sui, "love of oneself."

Amor caecus est. ~ Note: Compare the English saying, Love is blind.

Iniuria solvit amorem. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected in Erasmus's Adages, 4.7.79.

Quot campo flores, tot sunt in amore dolores. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 1122.

Inter amicos numquam amor exstinguitur. ~ Note: This saying plays on the real etymological connection between amicus and amor, both of which are formed from the same Latin root.

Intrat amicitiae nomine tectus amor. ~ Note: Note that the ablative phrase, amicitiae nomine, goes with the passive participle: tectus, "hidden by the name of friendship."

Rebus incertis amor est probandus. ~ Note: Compare the saying you saw earlier about love being tested in a difficult time: Noscitur adverso tempore verus amor.

Amoris umbra invidia. ~ Note: This expresses the idea of jealousy is an even more sinister way: it is love's shadow. You can see this illustrated in one of Vaenius's Amorum Emblemata.

Amore, more, ore, re firmantur amicitiae. ~ Note: Notice the amazing play on words, as one letter is dropped each time: amore-more-ore-re. In addition to being incredibly elegant, the meaning is quite profound, too, as friendship really does depend on affection (amore), good character (more), the words friends speak (ore) and the things that they do (re).

Amor ardua vincit. ~ Note: Note the nice alliteration: amor-ardua.

Amor amara dat satis. ~ Note: There is a play on words here with amor, "love" and amara "bitter things" - this neuter plural is the accusative object of the verb dat. The words are adapted from Plautus's Trinummus.

Amor et lux non celantur. ~ Note: As often, it helps to add "can" to your English rendering of the Latin verb: Love and light cannot be hidden (English uses the verb "can" in a much wider range of idioms than the Latin "posse").

Ex aspectu nascitur amor. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings that Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.2.79.

Verus amor odit moras. ~ Note: There is a nice paradox here with the ideas of love and hate combined in a single saying.

Animae sal est amor. ~ Note: Compare the sayings about salt which you saw earlier: "Amicitia sol et sal vitae" and "Vitae sal amicitia."

Crescit amor nummi quantum ipsa pecunia crevit. ~ Note: There is an implied "tantum" to coordinate this expression: Crescit amor nummi (tantum), quantum ipsa pecunia crevit.

Amoris vulnus idem sanat, qui facit. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings attributed to Publilius Syrus.

Nec amor nec tussis celatur. ~ Note: Note the construction, equivalent to English "neither...nor..."

Amor otiosae causa sollicitudinis. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings attributed to Publilius Syrus.

Caecat amor mentes atque interdum sapientes. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 100.

Ira odium generat, concordia nutrit amorem. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings included in the distichs attributed to the so-called "Cato." Here is the complete distich: Litem inferre cave, cum quo tibi gratia iuncta est: / ira odium generat, concordia nutrit amorem.

Radix omnium malorum est amor pecuniae. ~ Note: The phrase "amor pecuniae" is an attempt to render the Greek wording of the Bible, as Cassian explains: Radix omnium malorum est filargyria, id est amor pecuniae.

Est caritas perfectus amor perfectaque virtus. ~ Note: Est caritas perfectus amor perfectaque virtus / qua sine perfectum nil reperire potes. (Verinus)

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