Latin Quotes and Latin Phrases - Q & R

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Q

Qua - In so far as
Quad nesciunt eos non interficiet - What they don't know won't kill them
Quandoquidem inter nos sanctissima divitiarum maiestas, esti funesta pecunia templo nondum habitas - Among us, the god most revered is Wealth, but so far it has no temple of its own
Quae nocent, saepe docent - What hurts, often instructs. One learns by bitter/adverse experience
Quae vide (qqv) - See these things
Quaere verum - Seek the truth
Quaere - (You might) ask. Used to introduce questions, usually rhetorical or tangential questions
Qualem blennum! - What a doofus!
Qualem muleirculam! - What a bimbo!
Qualis pater talis filius - As is the father, so is the son; like father, like son
Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu - The important thing isn't how long you live, but how well you live. (Seneca)
Quam se ipse amans-sine rivali! - Himself loving himself so much-without a rival! (Cicero)
Quam terribilis est haec hora - How fearful is this hour
Quandam - Formally
Quando omni flunkus moritatus - When all else fails play dead
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari? - How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Quantum meruit - As much as he/she deserved
Quantum sufficit (qs) - As much as suffices
Quaque mane (qm) - Every morning
Quaque nocte (qn) - Every night
Quasi - As if
Quater in die (Q.I.D) - Take four times a day
Quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur - Whom the gods love die young. (only the good die young)
Quemadmodum possums scire utrum vere simus an solum sentiamus nos esse? - How are we to know whether we actually exist or only think we exist?
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est - A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands. (Seneca)
Qui bene cantat, bis orat - He who sings well, prays twice
Qui bono? - Who benfits?
Qui dedit benificium taceat; narret qui accepit - Let him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it. (Seneca)
Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum - Let him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)
Qui docet discit - He who teaches learns
Qui dormit, non peccat - One who sleeps doesn't sin
Qui habet aures audiendi audiat - He who has ears, let him understand how to listen
Qui ignorabat, ignorabitur - One who is ignorant will remain unnoticed
Qui me amat, amet et canem meum - Love me, love my dog
Qui multum habet, plus cupit - He who has much desires more. (Seneca)
Qui nimium probat, nihil probat - One who proves too much, proves nothing
Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit - He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow. (Ovid)
Qui omnes insidias timet in nullas incidit - He who fears every ambush falls into none. (Pubilius Syrus)
Qui potest capere capiat - Let him accept it who can. Freely: If the shoe fits, wear it
Qui pro innocente dicit, satis est eloquens - He who speaks for the innocent is eloquent enough. (Publius Syrus)
Qui scribit bis legit - He who writes reads twice
Qui tacet consentire videtur - He that is silent is thought to consent
Qui tacet consentit - Silence gives consent
Qui vir odiosus! - What a bore!
Qui vivat atque floreat ad plurimos annos - May he live and flourish for many years
Qui vult dare parva non debet magna rogare - He who wishes to give little shouldn't ask for much
Quia natura mutari non potest idcirco verae amicitiae sempiternae sunt - Since nature cannot change, true friendships are eternal. (Horace)
Quid agis, medice? - What's up, Doc?
Quid est illa in auqua? - What's that in the water?
Quid Novi - What's New?
Quid nunc - What now?! (a nosy busybody)
Quid pro quo - Something for something. i.e. A favor for a favor
Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur - Anything said in Latin sounds profound
Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur - What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke's on you. (Horace)
Quidnunc? Or Quid nunc? - What now? As a noun, a quidnunc is a busybody or a gossip
Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem! - Whatever you do, do cautiously, and look to the end
Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes - Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts. (Vergil)
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur - Anything said in Latin sounds profound
Quidvis Recte Factum Quamvis Humile Praeclarum - Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble
Quieta non movere - Don't move settled things, or Don't rock the boat
Quinon proficit deficit - He who does not advance, go backwards
Quique amavit, cras amet - May he love tomorrow who has never loved before;
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes - Who shall keep watch over the guardians? (Luvenalis) Don't assign a fox to guard the henhouse
Quis separabit? - Who shall separate us?
Quis, quid, ubi, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando? - Who, what, where, with what, why, how, when?
Quisque comoedum est - Everybody is a comedian
Quo ad hoc - As much as this (to this extent)
Quo animo? - With what spirit? (or intent?)
Quo fas et gloria docunt - Where right and glory lead
Quo iure? - By what law?
Quo signo nata es? - What's your sign?
Quo usque tandem abutere, catilina, patientia nostra? - How long will you abuse our patience, Catiline? (Cicero)
Quo vadis? - Where are you going? / Whither goest thou?
Quod bonum, felix faustumque sit! - May it be good, fortunate and prosperous! (Cicero)
Quod differtur, non aufertur - That which is postponed is not dropped. Inevitable is yet to happen. (Sir Thomas More)
Quod erat demonstrandum (QED) - Which was to be demonstrated
Quod erat faciendum (QEF) - Which was to be done
Quod erat in veniendum - Which was to be found
Quod est (qe) - Which is
Quod foetet? - What's that bad smell?
Quod incepimus conficiemus - What we have begun we shall finish
Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi - What Jupiter (supreme God) is allowed to do, cattle (people) are not
Quod minimum specimen in te ingenii? - What microscopic evidence of wit can be found in you?
Quod natura non sunt turpia - What is natural cannot be bad
Quod vide (qv) - See this thing
Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri? - How do you get your hair to do that?
Quomodo vales - How are you?
Quorum - Of whom
Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit - True love will hold on to those whom it has held. (Seneca)
Quot homines, tot sententiae - As many men, so as many opinions
Qvae nocent docent - Things that hurt, teach. School of Hard Knocks
Qvaerenda pecvnia primvm est, virtvs post nvmmos - Money is the first thing to be sought [then] virtue after wealth
Qvalis artifex pereo - Such an artist dies in me - Emperor Nero's famous last words
Qvalis pater talis filivs - Like father like son. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree
Qvandoqve bonvs dormitat homervs - Sometimes [even the] good Homer sleeps. You win some, you lose some
Qvi bene amat bene castigat - Who loves well castigates well. Spare the rod and spoil the child
Qvi desiderat pacem praeparat bellvm - Who desires peace [should] prepare [for] war
Qvi docent discit - He who teaches, learns. (George Bernard Shaw)
Qvi fvgiebat rvrsvs proeliabitvr - He who has fled will do battle once more. He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day
Qvi me amat, amat et canem meam - Who loves me loves my dog as well. Love me love my dog
Qvi nescit dissimlare nescit regnare - He who doesn't know how to lie doesn't know how to rule
Qvid novi? - What's new? 'What's up?'
Qvod cibvs est aliis, aliis est wenenum - What is food to some is poison to others. One man's meat is another poison
Qvod cito acqviritvr cito perit - [that] which is quickly acquired [is] quickly lost. Eeasy come, easy go
Qvod erat demonstrandvm - [that] which has been demonstrated - a statement of logical proof, especially in mathematics and law, abbreviated Q.E.D
Qvod vive (q.v) - Which see - a scholarly cross-reference
R

Radicitus, comes! - Really rad, dude!
Radix lecti - Couch potato
Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas - The love of money is the root of all evil. Avarice is the problem, money itself is not evil
Raptus regaliter - Royally screwed
Rara avis - A rare bird, i.e. An extraodinary or unusual thing. (Juvenal)
Ratio decidendi - The reason for the decision
Ratio et consilium propriae ducis artes - Reason and deliberation are the proper skills of a general
Ratio legis est anima legis - The reason of the law is the soul of the law
Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert - Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn
Re vera, potas bene - Say, you sure are drinking a lot
Re - Concerning
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem! - Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business!
Recto - On the right
Redde Caesari quae sunt Caesaris - Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's
Redivivus - Come back to life
Redolet lvcernam - [it] smells of the lamp - critical remark that one worked too hard on something
Reductio ad absurdum - Reduction to the absurd. (proving the truth of a proposition by proving the falsity of all its alternatives)
Referendum - Something to be referred
Regina - Queen
Regnat non regitur qui nihil nisi quod vult facit - He is a king and not a subject who does only what he wishes. (Syrus)
Regnat populus - Let the People rule
Relata refero - I tell what I have been told. (Herodotos)
Religious loci - The (religious) spirit of the place
Rem tene, verba sequentur - Keep to the subject and the words will follow. (Cato Senior)
Repetitio est mater memoriae/ studiorum/ - Repetition is the mother of memory/studies
Requiescat in pace (RIP) - May he/she rest in peace
Rerum concordia discors - The concord of things through discord. (Horace)
Res firma mitescere nescit - A firm resolve does not know how to weaken
Res gestae - Things done
Res in cardine est - The matter is on a door hinge things are balanced on a knife's edge
Res inter alios - A matter between others it's not our busines
Res ipsa loquitur - The thing speaks for itself
Res judicata - Thing already judged upon
Res melius evinissent cum coca - Things go better with Coke
Res publica - The public thing
Res severa est verum gaudium - True joy is a serious thing. (Seneca)
Res tantum valet quantum vendi potest - A thing is worth only what someone else will pay for it
Respice finem - Look to the end
Respice post te, mortalem te esse memento - Look around you, remember that you are mortal. (Tertullianus)
Respice, adspice, prospice - Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future (look to the past, the present, the future)
Respondeat superior - Let the superior answer (a supervisor must take responsibility for the quality of a subordinate's work)
Resurgam - I shall rise again
Revelare pecunia! - Show me the money!
Revera linguam latinam vix cognovi - I dont really know all that much Latin
Rex non potest peccare - The king cannot sin
Rex regnant sed non gubernat - The king reigns but does not govern
Rex - King
Rident stolidi verba latina - Fools laugh at the Latin language. (Ovid)
Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat? - What forbids a laughing man from telling the truth? (Horace)
Rigor mortis - The rigidity of death
Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est - There is nothing more foolish than a foolish laugh. (Catullus)
Risus abundat in ore stultorum - Abundant laughs in the mouth of the foolish - too much hilarity means foolishness
Roma locuta est. Causa finita est - Rome has spoken. The cause is finished
Romani ite domum - Romans go home!
Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt - You know, the Romans invented the art of love
Rosa rubicundior, lilio candidior, omnibus formosior, semper in te glorior - Redder than the rose, whiter than the lilies, fairer than everything, I will always glory in thee
Rumores volant. / Rumor volat - Rumors fly. / Rumor flies

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