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: VELOX.

Cursus in fine velocior. ~ Note: Note the masculine comparative form of velox, velocior, agreeing with cursus.

Deus non est velox ad poenam. ~ Note: The idea is that divine judgment does not come swiftly, but it is sure to come. Compare this similar saying: Dii lenti, sed certi vindices, "The gods are slow but certain avengers."

Equus alienus velociter currit. ~ Note: The idea is that if you are riding someone else's horse, rather than your own, you push the horse to go faster: Equus conducticius, aut alienus, facit brevia miliaria, vel velociter currit, quoniam sine misericordia agitamus illos.

Ne velox sis ad irascendum. ~ Note: The gerund here with the preposition ad expresses much the same idea as the English "to" - Do not be quick to get angry.

Nihil annis velocius. ~ Note: Again, you see the comparative form of an adjective in the neuter: velocius - "Nothing is more swift than the years."

Nihil est animo velocius. ~ Note: Here you have the neuter comparative form of velox, velocius: nihil velocius, nothing is faster...

Sit omnis homo velox ad audiendum, tardus autem ad loquendum. ~ Note: Note the use of the gerund in the accusative with ad to express something like the English infinitive: velox ad audiendum, "quick to listen." Note also the subjunctive, sit omnis homo, "let each person be..." (the subjunctive, of course, because people really are just the opposite: quick to speak, and slow to pay attention!).

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

Veloces sunt latronum pedes.

Tarda fluit pigris, velox operantibus hora. ~ Note: Note the parallel construction: tarda/velox and pigris/operantibus, with the phrase "fluit hora" shared between both.

Tarda fugit pigris, velox operantibus hora. ~ Note: Note the parallel structure: tarda/velox, pigris/operantibus - with the phrase "fugit hora" doing double duty.

Velox consilium sequitur paenitentia.

Fama repleta malis velocibus evolat alis. ~ Note: This is one of the sayings collected by Wegeler, 416.

Velocius quam asparagi coquantur. ~ Note: Compare the saying in the Adagia of Erasmus, 3.7.5: Citius quam asparagi coquuntur.

Lingua mea calamus scribae velociter scribentis.

Dum candet ferrum , velocius est feriendum.

Pegaso velocior.

Velocem tardus assequitur.

Velocius ibo retentus.

Vita nostra brevis est, brevi finietur, venit mors velociter, rapit nos ferociter, nemini parcetur.

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