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Latin Quotes and Latin Phrases - E, F, G & H

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E contrario - From a contrary position
E pluribus unum - From many, one (motto of the USA)
E re nata - As circumstances dictate
E vestigio - From where one stands
Ecce homo - Behold the man
Ecce signum - Behold the proof
Editio princeps - First printed edition
Ego et rex meus - I and my King
Ego me bene habeo - With me all is well. (last words) (Burrus)
Ego nolo caesar esse - I don't want to be Caesar. (Florus)
Ego spem pretio non emo - I do not purchase hope for a price. (I do not buy a pig in a poke.)
Ego - Consciousness of one's own identity
Eheu fugaces labuntur anni - Alas, the fleeting years slip by. (Horace)
Eheu, litteras istas reperire non possum - Unfortunately, I can't find those particular documents
Eiusdem generis - Of the same kind
Elizabeth Regina/Eduardus Rex (E.R.) - Queen Elizabeth/King Edward
Emeritus - Honorary; by merit
Emitte lucem et veritatem - Send out light and truth
Ense et aratro - With sword and plow. (citizen-soldier, one who serves in war and peace)
Eo ipso - By that very act
Eo nomine - Under that name
Epistula non erubescit - A letter doesn't blush. (Cicero)
Eram quod es, eris quod sum - I was what you are, you will be what I am. (grave inscription)
Ergo bibamus - Therefore, let us drink
Ergo - Therefore
Errare humanum est - To err is human. / It is human to err. (Seneca)
Errata - A list of errors (in a book)
Erratum (errata) - Error (errors)
Escariorium lavator - Dishwashing machine
Esse est percipi - Being is perception. (It is a standard metaphysical) (Mauser)
Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem (state motto of North Carolina)
Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis - Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. (St. Augustine)
Est deus in nobis - The is a god inside us
Est modus in rebus - There is a middle ground in things. (Horace)
Est queadam fiere voluptas - There is a certain pleasure in weeping. (Ovid)
Estne tibi forte magna feles fulva et planissima? - Do you by chance happen to own a large, yellowish, very flat cat?
Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre? - Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?
Esto perpetua - Let it be forever
Esto perpetue - May you last for ever
Et alii/aliae - Other persons/things
Et cetera/etcetera (etc.) - And the rest
Et in arcadia ego - I, also, am in Arcadia
Et sequens (et seq.) - And the following
Et sequentes (et seq. Or seqq.) - And those that follow
Et sic de ceteris - And so to of the rest
Et tu, Brute - And you, Brutus
Et uxor (abbreviated et ux.) - And wife
Etiam capillus unus habet umbram - Even one hair has a shadow. (Publilius Syrus)
Eventus stultorum magister - Events are the teacher of the stupid persons. Stupid people learn by experience, bright people calculate what to do
Ex abrupto - Without preparation
Ex abundancia cordis, os loquitor - From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Ex animo - From the heart (sincerely)
Ex ante - Before the event, beforehand. (economics: based on prior assumptions)
Ex cathedra - From the chair. With authority (without argumentation)
Ex cearulo - Out of the blue
Ex curia - Out of court
Ex dolo - Intentionally
Ex gratia - Purely as a favour
Ex hypothesi - From the hypothesis. (i.e. The one under consideration)
Ex libris - From the Library (of)
Ex luna, scientia - From the moon, knowledge. (motto of Apollo 13)
Ex mea sententia - In my opinion
Ex more - According to custom
Ex nilhilo nihil fit - Nothing comes from nothing
Ex officio - By virtue of his office
Ex opere operato - By the work having been worked
Ex parte - By only one party to a dispute in the absence of the other
Ex post facto - After the fact, or Retrospectively
Ex proprio motu - Voluntarily
Ex silentio - From silence. (from lack of contrary evidence)
Ex tempore - Off the cuff, without preparation
Ex uno disce omnes - From one person learn all persons. (From one we can judge the rest)
Ex vi termini - By definition
Ex voto - According to one's vow
Ex - Out of
Excelsior - Ever upward. (state motto of New York)
Exceptio probat regulam de rebus non exceptis - An exception establishes the rule as to things not excepted
Exceptis excipiendis - Excepting what is to be excepted
Excitabat fluctus in simpulo - He was stirring up billows in a ladle. (He was raising a tempest in a teapot) (Cicero)
Excusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta - He who excuses himself, accuses himself (qui s'excuse, s'accuse)
Exeat - Permission for a temporary absence
Exegi monumentum aere perennius - I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze. (Horace)
Exempli gratia (e.g) - For the sake of example
Exeunt omnes - All go out. (A common stage direction in plays)
Exeunt - They go out
Exit - He/she goes out
Exitus acta probat - The outcome proves the deeds. (the end justifies the means) (Ovid)
Experientia docet stultos - Experience teaches fools
Experientia docet - Experience is the best teacher
Experimentum crucis - Critical experiment
Expressio unius est exclusio alterius - The mention of one thing may exclude others
Extempore - Without premeditation
Exterioris pagina puella - Cover Girl
Extinctus amabitur idem - The same [hated] man will be loved after he's dead. How quickly we forget. (Horace)
Extra ecclesiam nulla salus - Outside the Church [there is] No Salvation. (A phrase of much disputed significance in Roman Catholic theology)
Extra territorium jus dicenti impune non paretur - The judgment (or the authority) of one who is exceeding his territorial jurisdiction is disobeyed with impunity
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Fabas indulcet fames - Hunger sweetens the beans, or hunger makes everything taste good!
Faber est suae quisque fortunae - Every man is the artisan of his own fortune. (Appius Claudius Caecus)
Faber quisque fortunae suae - Each man (is) the maker of his own fortune
Fabricati diem - Make my day
Fac me cocleario vomere! - Gag me with a spoon!
Fac ut nemo me vocet - Hold my calls
Fac ut vivas - Get a life
Facile princeps - Acknowledged leader
Facilis descensvs averno - The descent to Avernus (Hell) it's easy to fall, hard to rise
Facilius est multa facere quam diu - It is easier to do many things than to do one for a long time. (Quintilianus)
Facilius per partes in cognitionem totius adducimur - We are more easily led part by part to an understanding of the whole. (Seneca)
Facito aliquid operis, ut te semper diabolus inveniat occupatum - Always do something, so that the devil always finds you occupied. (St. Jerome)
Facta, non verba - Deeds, not words. (Actions speak louder than words)
Factum est - It is done
Fallaces sunt rerum species - The appearances of things are deceptive. (Seneca)
Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus - False in one thing, false in all
Fama crescit eundo - The rumour grows as it goes. (Vergil)
Fama nihil est celerius - Nothing is swifter than rumor
Fama semper vivat - May his/her fame last forever
Fama volat - The rumour has wings. (Vergil)
Fames est optimus coquus - Hunger is the best cook
Farrago fatigans! - Thuffering thuccotash!
Fas est et ab hoste doceri - It's proper to learn even from an enemy. (Ovid)
Favete linguis - To keep a (religious) silence. (Horace)
Fax mentis incedium gloriae - The passion of glory is the torch of the mind
Fecit (fec.) - Made by
Feles mala! cur cista non uteris? stramentum novum in ea posui - Bad kitty! Why don't you use the cat box? I put new litter in it
Feles mala! - Bad kitty!
Felis qvi nihil debet - Happy [is] he who owes nothing
Felix culpa - Happy fault
Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas - Happy is he who has been able to learn the causes of things. (Vergil)
Felo de se - Suicide
Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt - Men readily believe what they want to believe. (Caesar)
Festina lente - Make haste slowly
Fiat justitia (et ruat caelum) - Let justice be done. (though the heavens fall)"
Fiat lux - Let there be light
Fiat volvntas tua - Let Thy will [be done] (Biblical)
Fiat - Let it be done
Fide, non armis - By faith, not arms
Fidei defensor - Defender of the faith
Fides punica - Treachery. (Livy)
Fides quaerens intellectum - Faith seeking understanding
Fidus Achates - Faithful Achates (friend)
Filioque - And from the son
Filius nullius - A bastard
Finem respice - Look to the end [before setting forth]
Finis coronat opus - The ending crowns the work. (Ovid)
Finis - The end
Flagrante delicto - Literally while the crime is blazing. Caught red-handed, in the very act of a crime
Flamma fumo est proxima - Flame follows smoke. (there is no smoke without fire) (Plautus)
Floreat regina regina - May it flourish. (motto of the City of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada)
Floruit - Flourished
Fluctuat nec mergitur - It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink
Fons et origo - The source and origin
Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit - Perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy
Forsan miseros meliora sequentur - For those in misery perhaps better things will follow. (Virgil)
Fortes et liber - Strong and free. (Alberta)
Fortes fortuna adiuvat - Fortune favors the brave. (Terence)
Fortes fortuna iuvat - Fortune favours the brave
Fortiter fideliter forsan feliciter - Bravely, faithfully, perhaps successfully
Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo - Resolutely in action, gently in manner. (To do unhesitatingly what must be done but accomplishing it as inoffensively as possible)
Fortitudine vincimus - By endurance we conquer
Fortius quo fidelius - Strength through loyalty
Fortuna amicos parat, inopia amicos probat - The fortune is preparing friends, the abundance is testing them
Fortuna vitrea est; tum cum splendet frangitur - Fortune is glass; just when it gleams brightest it shatters
Fortuna caeca est - Fortune is blind. (Cicero)
Fortunatus sum! Pila mea de gramine horrido modo in pratum lene recta volvit! - Isn't that lucky! My ball just rolled out of the rough and onto the fairway!
Frangar non flectar - I am broken, I am not deflected
Frater, ave atque vale - Brother, hello and good-bye. (Catullus)
Fronti nulla fides - No reliance can be placed on appearance. (don't judge a book by its cover)
Frustra laborant quotquot se calculationibus fatigant pro inventione quadraturae circuli - Futile is the labor of those who fatigue themselves with calculations to square the circle. (Michael Stifel, 1544)
Fugit hora - The hour flies
Fugit inreparabile tempus - Irretrievable time flies. (Virgil)
Functus officio - Having discharged his duty and thus ceased to have any authority over a matter
Furnulum pani nolo - I don't want a toaster
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Gaudeamus igitur (iuvenes dum sumus) - Therefore, let us rejoice. (while we are young)
Genius loci - The guardian spirit of the place
Gens togata - The toga-clad race; the romans
Genus irritabile vatum - The irritable race of poets. (Horace)
Gladiator in arena consilium capit - The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena (i.e., too late) (Seneca)
Gloria filiorum patres - The glory of sons is their fathers
Gloria in excelsis deo - Glory to God in the highest
Gloria Patri - Glory to the Father
Gloria virtutis umbra - Glory (is) the shadow of virtue
Gloria - Glory
Gloriosum est iniurias oblivisci - It is glorious to forget the injustice
Gnothe seauton (Greek) - Know thyself
Graeca sunt, non leguntur - It is Greek, you don't read that
Gramen artificiosum odi - I hate Astroturf
Gratia placenti - For the sake of pleasing
Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit - Captive Greece conquered her savage victor. (Horace)
Graviora manent - Greater dangers await
Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo - The drop excavates the stone, not with force but by falling often. (Ovid)
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Habeas corpus - You must have the body, i.e. You must justify an imprisonment
Habemus Papam - We have a pope. (used at the announcement of a new pope)
Habetis bona deum - Have a nice day
Hac lege - With this law
Haec olim meminisse ivvabit - Time heals all things, i.e. Wounds, offenses
Haec trutina errat - There is something wrong with this scale
Hannibal ante portas! - Hannibal is at the doors! The enemy/danger is at the doors!
Haud ignota loquor - I say things that are known
Helluo librorum - A glutton for books. (bookworm)
Heu! Tintinnuntius meus sonat! - Darn! There goes my beeper!
Heus, hic nos omnes in agmine sunt! - Hey, we're all in line here!
Hic et nunc - Here and now
Hic habitat felicitas - Here dwells happiness
Hic jacet (HJ) - Here lies. (written on gravestones or tombs)
Hic jacet sepultus (HJS) - Here lies buried
Hic puer est stultissimus omnium! - This boy is the stupidest of all!
Hinc illae lacrimae - Hence these tears. (Terence)
Historia est vitae magistra - The history is the tutor of life
Hoc erat in votis - This was among my prayers
Hoc est in votis - This is in my prayers
Hoc est verum et nihili nisi verum - This is the truth and nothing but the truth
Hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frvi - To live twice is to make useful profit from one's past. Experience is the best teacher, so learn from it
Hoc natura est insitum, ut quem timueris, hunc semper oderis - It's an innate thing to always hate the one we've learnt to fear
Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit - In these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate. (Terence)
Hocine bibo aut in eum digitos insero? - Do I drink this or stick my fingers in it?
Hodie mihi, cras tibi - Today for me, tomorrow for you
Homines libenter quod volunt credunt - Men believe what they want to. (Terentius)
Homines, dum docent, discunt - Men learn while they teach. (Seneca)
Homo doctvs is se semper divitias habet - A learned man always has wealth within himself
Homo homini lupus - Man is a wolf to man
Homo nudus cum nuda iacebat - Naked they lay together, man and woman
Homo praesumitur bonus donec probetur malus - One is innocent until proven guilty
Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit - Man proposes, but God disposes
Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto - I am human, therefore nothing human is strange to me
Homo sum - I am a man
Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est - Man has been lent to life, not given. (Pubilius Syrus)
Honor virutis preamium - Honour is the reward of virtue
Honores mutant mores - The honours change the customs. (Power corrupts)
Honoris causa (h.c.) - As in doctorate, an honorary degree
Horas non numero nisi serenas - I count only the bright hours. (Inscription on ancient sundials)
Horribile dictu - Horrible to tell
Horror vacui - Fear of empty places
Hostis hvmani generis - Enemy of the human race
Huc accedit zambonis! - Here comes the Zamboni!
Humum mandere - To bite the dust
Hunc tu caveto - Beware of this man

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