Saturday, July 31, 2010

MUNDUS (noun)

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: MUNDUS.

Patria mea totus hic mundus est.

Mundus non capit duos soles. ~ Note: Be careful with the word, soles: it is from the noun sol, "sun," and is here in the accusative plural, as you can tell from the adjective duos.

Sol oculus mundi. ~ Note: For the notion of the sun as the all-seeing eye of the world, see Ovid's Metamorphoses, 4. You can also find this same metaphor applied to human society: Sol oculus mundi, princeps oculus multitudinis, "The sun is the eye of the world, the prince is the eye of the crowd."

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

Non sibi, sed mundo. ~ Note: This is the motto of the Belle Vue Boys' School in Bradford, England.

Vos estis lumen mundi. ~ Note: You can also find this idea expressed with the word lux: Vos estis lux mundi. For the use of lumen, see Augustine's Confessions, 13: vos enim estis lumen mundi nec estis sub modio.

Vos estis lux mundi. ~ Note: You can find this expression in the Gospel of Matthew, 5.

Vincere cor proprium plus est quam vincere mundum. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 1442. Here you have a comparison between two infinitive phrases, "vincere cor tuum" and "vincere mundum."

Roma caput mundi. ~ Note: For other cities that could lay claim to the title of "caput mundi," see this Wikipedia article.

Numeri regunt mundum.

Cives mundi omnes sumus.

Civis totius mundi.

Mundus transit. ~ Note: You can find these words in the Biblical First Epistle of John, 1.

Sic transit gloria mundi. ~ Note: You can read an article about this famous saying at Wikipedia.

Mundus ipse est ingens deorum omnium templum. ~ Note: The words are adapted from one of Seneca's letters, 14.90.

O quam cito transit gloria mundi! ~ Note: The words are from Thomas à Kempis's De Imitatione Christi, I.

Homo mundus minor. ~ Note: The Greek equivalent of the Latin mundus minor is μικρὸς κόσμος, a "microcosm."

Sol oculus mundi, princeps oculus multitudinis

Quam parva sapientia regitur mundus! ~ Note: Note that this is the exclamatory use of quam: quam parva sapientia! by how little wisdom! (ablative case).

Qui amat mundum praesentem, sequitur rem fugientem.

Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. ~ Note: Here is the same idea, now expressed with the logical "ergo."

Si mundus vult decipi, decipiatur. ~ Note: You can also find this saying abbreviated as "mundus vult decipi," the world wants to be deceived. You can also find the statement made about some unspecified person: Qui vult decipi, decipiatur.

Patriam tuam mundum existima.

Solem e mundo tollere videntur qui amicitiam e vita tollunt.

Pecunia regina mundi. ~ Note: Since pecunia is a feminine noun, that means she is a queen, regina, rather than king, rex.

Fiat iustitia ne pereat mundus. ~ Note: This is a variation on the previous proverb; the philosopher Ludwig von Mises has removed the defiant paradox and replacing it with a purpose clause: ne pereat mundus.

Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus. ~ Note: This was the motto of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I; for more, see this Wikipedia article.

Non est in mundo dives, qui dicit: abundo. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 732.

Exitus ostendit quo mundi gloria tendit. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 392.

Cato contra mundum.

Vigiles mundi sol et luna.

Omnis in hoc mundo, fragilis stat sicut arundo.

Omnis homo in mundo fragilis stat sicut arundo. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 816.

Mundus senescit.

Mundus est dei viva statua.

Ut flatus venti, sic transit gloria mundi.

Roma caput mundi regit orbis frena rotundi.

Deorum providentia mundus administratur. ~ Note: This is included by André Rouillé in his anthology of Cicero's notable sententiae.

Fortuna imperatrix mundi.

Athanasius contra mundum.

Vive Deo gratus, toti mundo tumulatus. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 1467: Vive Deo gratus, toti mundo tumulatus, / pectore pacatus, semper transire paratus.

Dum morior, moritur mundus simul et sepelitur.

Huius mundi decus et gloria quam sint falsa et transitoria.

Iste mundus aut nos irridet aut irridetur a nobis.

Mundus est ingens deorum omnium templum.

Non nobis solum, sed toti mundo nati.

Mala mali malo mala contulit omnia mundo. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 617.

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