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: SOL.

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

Nihil sub sole novum. ~ Note: This is a saying from the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, 1.

Sol stat, sed terra movetur. ~ Note: Be careful with the movetur: in Latin, the passive form is used to express what would be in English an intransitive verb, "the earth moves."

Cum sol oritur, omnibus oritur. ~ Note: Compare the similar saying which you saw earlier: Sol omnibus lucet.

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."

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.

Nulla sine sole umbra. ~ Note: Here is another way to look at the existence of shadows: you cannot have a shadow without the sun.

Sol omnia aperit. ~ Note: Compare the sayings you saw earlier: "Sol oculus mundi" and "Esto sol testis."

Cum sol oritur, stellae fugiunt. ~ Note: The relationship of the sun and the stars is able to express metaphorically the idea of the greater and the lesser, as in this tiny Aesop's fable: Sol et Stellae.

Sub sole, sub umbra, crescens. ~ Note: This is a motto of the Irving family.

Scientia sol mentis. ~ Note: This is the motto of the University of Delaware.

Sole oriente, fugiunt tenebrae. ~ Note: The first part of the saying here is an ablative absolute: sole oriente, "when the sun rises."

Sole orto, spes ; descendente, pax. ~ Note: This is an inscription on a sundial, wishing you both hope and peace. Note that you have two different ablative expressions to tell you the time: sole orto, when the sun has risen, and (sole) descendente, when the sun is setting.

Sub sole nihil perfectum. ~ Note: Compare the English saying, "Nobody's perfect."

Sol efficit ut omnia floreant. ~ Note: The words are adapted from Cicero's treatise, De Natura Deorum, 2.

Vidi sub sole nec velocium esse cursum nec fortium bellum. ~ Note: The words are from the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, 9.

Sol omnibus lucet. ~ Note: This is a saying reported in Petronius's Satyricon. The things of nature are common to all - not just the sun, but the moon, the stars, the rain, etc.

Blandi post nubila soles. ~ Note: This is one of many sayings in which the changing weather offers a metaphorical image for the vicissitudes of human life.

Post nubila, sol. ~ Note: This is an even more compact expression of the metaphor in the previous saying.

Post noctem spero diem, post nubila solem. ~ Note: Post noctem spero diem, post nubila solem, / post lacrimas risum laetitiamque simul.

Post nubila, solem spero. ~ Note: Note the elegant alliteration: solem spero.

Plures adorant solem orientem quam occidentem. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 3.3.15.

Amicitia sol et sal vitae. ~ Note: In Latin, there is a nice sound play between sol and sal - both of which are vital to life, too, of course!

Sol vitae sapientia. ~ Note: Be careful separating subject from predicate: sol vitae (est) sapientia.

Soles occidere et redire possunt. ~ Note: The implication, of course, is that while the suns in the sky do this, we mortals cannot.

Sol omnium dierum nondum occidit. ~ Note: In other words: the end of time has not yet come. The words are adapted from Livy: elatus deinde ira adiecit nondum omnium dierum solem occidisse.

Aquila petit solem. ~ Note: This is a motto of the Kendall family.

Sol generat umbras. ~ Note: This is one of those many paradoxical proverbs: it is the light of the sun that creates the darkness of the shadows! There are no shadows in the night (except by the light of the moon and stars, of course).

Quidquid nix celat, solis calor omne revelat. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 1022.

Sol omnia videt et revelat. ~ Note: Compare the saying you saw earlier: Sol omnia aperit.

Magis quam sol Heracliti. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings Erasmus included in his Adagia, 4.7.94.

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