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: QUOQUE.

Id quod volunt, credunt quoque. ~ Note: The idea here is that when someone wants something, they are quick to believe it. The words are from Quintilian.

Omnia fert aetas, animum quoque. ~ Note: The word "fert" has the sense of "bearing away, carrying off," referring to the way that with old age, one's mind can "go" as we say in English ("his mind is gone").

Dabit deus his quoque finem.

Primo quoque die nemo magister erit. ~ Note: See the note on the previous proverb; now instead of doctus, you have magister.

Nemo primo quoque die fit doctus. ~ Note: Note that primo goes with die: "primo die," on the first day. The word "quoque" is being used here with the sense of the word "quidem" - On the first day indeed no one becomes educated.

Quae fecit sibimet mala quisque, pati quoque debet. ~ Note: Note that quae is neuter plural, agreeing with mala, "evil things."

A minimis quoque timendum. ~ Note: Here is the gerundive being used impersonally (neuter singular: timendum). In English, you can express that idea of necessity using the second person: "You should be frightened of the smallest things too." Here you can see the saying combined with an emblematic illustration: image, which refers to the famous Aesop's fable of the eagle and the beetle.

Est avis in rete melior grege quoque volante. ~ Note: Compare the English saying about "a bird in the bush."

Stultus quoque, si tacuerit, sapiens putabitur. ~ Note: The saying is from the Biblical book of Proverbs, 17.

Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi!

Nobilis equus umbra quoque virgae regitur. ~ Note: Nobilis equus umbra quoque virgae regitur; ignavus, ne calcari quidem concitari potest.

Patriae quis exul se quoque fugit? ~ Note: The words are from one of Horace's odes, 2.16: Quid terras alio calentes / sole mutamus? patria quis exul / se quoque fugit?

Cum Minerva manum quoque move. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 1.6.18.

Leo quoque aliquando minimarum avium pabulum fuit, et ferrum robigo consumit.

Formicae quoque sua bilis est.

In occipitio quoque habet oculos. ~ Note: Compare the saying in the Adagia of Erasmus, 3.3.41: In occipitio oculos gerit.

Cari rixantur, sed mox quoque pacificantur. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 109.

Canes mitissimi furem quoque adulantur.

Cum vulpe vulpina utere quoque astutia.

Hospes et piscis tertio quoque die odiosus est.

Cuius finis bonus est, ipsum quoque bonum est.

Vita malos, ni vis malus quoque fieri. ~ Note: This is a saying by Janus Anysius (Giovanni Aniso); his sayings were sometimes published together with the ancient sayings of Publilius Syrus.

Pacem ne vites, per pacem te quoque dites. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 841: Pacem ne vites, per pacem te quoque dites. / O quam difficiles sunt sine pace dies.

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