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: DOMINUS.

Erat manus Domini cum eis. ~ Note: The words are from the Biblical book of Acts, 11.

Anno Domini ~ Note: This Latin phrase is often abbreviated: A.D. For its use in the calendars of Europe, see this Wikipedia article.

Magna opera Domini. ~ Note: The words are from Psalms, 110.

Ducit Dominus. ~ Note: This is the motto of the Dirom family.

Omnia videt oculus domini. ~ Note: This is one of those proverbs where you could justify the word dominus either way: dominus, or Dominus. It all depends on the context. The master of the household has a watchful eye, but so does the Lord, watching all from heaven. Of course, proverbs are mainly used orally, rather than in writing - and capitalization is not an issue when you are speaking, only when you are writing.

Qualis dominus, talis et servus. ~ Note: You have seen other qualis...talis proverbs earlier: Qualis grex, talis lex; Qualis mater, talis et filia, etc.

Minus est quam servus dominus, qui servos timet. ~ Note: Here the adverb minus is modifying the verb: a master is less than a slave (minus est quam servus), if he fears his own slaves.

Nescitis qua hora Dominus vester venturus sit.

Dominus videt plurimum in rebus suis. ~ Note: This is from one of the fables of Phaedrus, the story of the stag in the stable.

Dominus dedit, Dominus abstulit.

Absente domino, res male geritur.

Nemo potest duobus dominis servire. ~ Note: The verb servire takes a dative complement: duobus dominis. The words are from the Gospel of Matthew, 6.

Duobus dominis ne servias. ~ Note: This takes the same idea as in the previous saying, and turns it into a prohibition: ne servias.

Nemo potest dominis pariter servire duobus. ~ Note: Note the adverbial form, pariter. You have seen similarly formed proverbs already, as in this motto: Fortiter, fideliter, feliciter.

Nemo potest dominis digne servire duobus. ~ Note: Notice that the dative phrase, dominis duobus, wraps around the infinitive phrase, digne servire. Very elegant!

Tu praesens cura; Domino committe futura.

Pauper dominum, non sortem mutat. ~ Note: Note the parallel structure here: Pauper dominum (mutat), non sortem mutat. This is perfectly illustrated in the famous Aesop's fable by Phaedrus about the donkey and his pack-saddles.

Cave canem ac dominum. ~ Note: This expands on the usual "cave canem" warning!

Dominus habet oculos centum.

Benedicat tibi dominus.

Nisi Dominus, frustra. ~ Note: The verb is implied but not expressed here: Unless the Lord (guides, approves, supports what you are doing), it is in vain. This motto forms part of the crest of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

A morte aeterna libera nos, Domine! ~ Note: These words can be found in the Catholic liturgy.

Domine, dirige nos.

Nihil facit servus, si multi domini imperent. ~ Note: Notice the subjunctive, imperent, which gives the statement a purely hypothetical quality.

Ridenti domino et caelo ne crede sereno.

Ridenti domino nec caelo crede sereno.

Oculus domini facit equos pingues.

Bonum est potius confidere in domino, quam in homine. ~ Note: The words are from Psalms, 117.

Avarus auri custos, non dominus. ~ Note: This is another paradox of avarice: the miser is a special kind of servant - a "custos" - of his money, rather than its master.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.

Dominus providebit.

Honora dominum. ~ Note: You can find this advice in the Biblical book of Proverbs, 3: Honora Dominum de tua substantia, et de primitiis omnium frugum tuarum da ei.

Miserere mei, domine!

Domus pulchra dominis aedificatur, non muribus.

Oculus domini in agro fertilissimus est.

Cor hominis disponit viam suam, sed Domini est dirigere gressus eius.

Iam frater fratrem, natus fraudare parentem nititur, et servus dominum, coniunxque maritum.

O domus antiqua heu quam dispari domino disparis.

Famulatur dominus, ubi timet quibus imperat.

Famulatur dominus, ubi timet, quibus imperat.

Dominus pauperem facit et ditat.

Nemo potest dominis simul inservire duobus.

Non tentabis Dominum Deum tuum. ~ Note: Here the verb tentare has the sense of putting on trial, testing, etc.; see the Gospel of Matthew, 4.

Oculus domini saginat boves.

Oculus domini saginat equum.

Oculus domini saginat gregem.

Frons domini plus potest quam occipitium.

Frons domini plus prodest quam occipitium

Dominus pauperem facit et ditat, humiliat et sublevat.

Numquam caelesti Domino placuere scelesti. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 784.

Stercus optimum vestigium domini.

Vestigia domini optimum stercus.

Quilibet est tugurii rex, dominusque sui.

Non vult verna probus dominis servire duobus. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 772.

Cognovit bos possessorem suum, et asinus praesaepe domini sui.

Catelli edunt micas quae cadunt de mensa dominorum suorum.

Dominus illuminatio mea.

Ab amico indiscreto libera nos, domine!

Ave, Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.

Diliges dominum deum tuum ex toto corde tuo.

Est domino gratum verbum, verum breviatum.

Est super omne Deus, Rex Dominusque meus.

Tempore quo fructus domino parit, arbor amatur.

Dominus est assiduus servus suae domus.

Qui avertit aurem suam a clamore pauperum, ipse clamabit et dominu deus non exaudiet vocem suam. ~ Note: (Marcolf)

Auxilio Domini fretus, inibo fretum.

Servus testatur quod felix qui dominatur.

Spes reficit dominum, fallit et ipsa suum. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 193: Cum spes frustratur, non spes, sed poena vocatur; / spes reficit dominum, fallit et ipsa suum.

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