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"Ars longa, vita brevis." Hypocrates The work (art) is long, the life is short.

"De gustibus non est disputandum." (There's no accounting for tastes.)

"In his ordo est ordinem non servare." (In this case the only rule is not obeying any rules.)

"O diem praeclarum!" (Oh, what a beautiful day!)

"Astra non mentiuntur, sed astrologi bene mentiuntur de astris." (The stars never lie, but the astrologs lie about the stars.)

"si hoc legere scis nimium eruditiones habes." (essentially it says, "if you can read this, you're overeducated.")

"Cogito Ergo Doleo." (I think therefore I am depressed.)

"in flagrante delicto" (red-handed)

"Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum, Multa recedentes adimiunt"--Horace, Ars Poetica (The years as they come bring many agreeable things with them; as they go, they take many away.)

"Exemplum de simia, quae, quando plus ascendit, plus apparent posteriora eius" --Saint Bonaventure (He doth like the ape, that the higher he clymbes the more he shows his ars. --Translation by Sir Francis Bacon)

"Anicularum lucubrationes" (Old wives' tales.)

"Sic transit gloria mundi" (thus passes the glory of the world)

"Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum" (mistakes are human, but to continue making mistakes is devilish)

"Vita luna" (crazy life)

"Re vera, potas bene." (Say, you sure are drinking a lot.)

"Primum viveri deinde philosophari" (Live before you philosophize. or Leap before you look.)

"Quid pro quo?" (what for what?)

"a fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi" (The modern version would either be "between a rock and a hard place" lit: "a precipice in front, wolves behind"!)

"Nos morituri te salutant!" (which means "We, who are about to die, salute you" it was used when gladiatiors were about to undergo their punishment during the Roman Circus celebrations. They hailed Cesar with that saying.)

"Absconde obesito illegitimo" (Get outta here you fat bastard (Buddy Hacket))

"Vincit omnia veritas" (The truth conquers all)

"tum podem extulit horridulum" (you are talking shit)

"Illegitimus non carborundum" (Don't let the bastards wear you down) (is equally ungrammatical; and "carborundum" is not Latin. It is a 20th-century joke, as far as IÊcan tell first spread about by Gen. "Vinegar" Joe Stilwell (of the Burmese campaign in WW II). See and the page after it. )

"stercus tauri" (manure of the bull (Bull Shit) )

"Verbis defectis musica incipit" (Music springs from failing words)

"Quod me nutrit me destruit" (What nourishes me destroys me, kind of like the more you care about something the more potential it has to cause you pain)

"cacatne ursus in silvis?" (Does a bear shit in the woods?)

"Nemo saltat sobrius, nisi infanus est.' Nobody dances when sober, unless they are insane. (my personal favourite :) )

"Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse' It is necessary to sail/navigate, but not to live.

"Tempus fugit" (Time disappears)

"Do ut des" (The "slogan", if you will, of Roman (pre-Christian) religion, meaning "I give so that you might give", referring to a Roman's reason for doing sacrifice, libations, etc.) (Thanks for the info Ian!)

"Bene est mihil" (I am well)

"Decisis pennis" (With disappointed hopes)

"Lupus in fabula" (Speak of the devil)

"Ut sementem feeceris" (You reap what you sow)

"Fiducia virorum in sinistra non in dextra est" (Real men don't attack)

"Sapienti sat" (Enough for the wise)

"Res ipsa Loquitur" (The thing speaks for itself)

"Derevaun seraun" (The end of pleasure is pain)

"Gustatus similis pullus" (Tastes like chicken)

"Felix Sit Annus Novus!" (Happy New Year!)

"Quid Fit?" (What's Happening?)

"Discedere ad inferos!" (Go to hell!)

"Per Ardua Ad Astra" (Through struggles to the stars -(Motto of the Royal Air Force (in WWII the cinemas on RAF bases were known as Astra Cinemas leading to the translation: "After work, to the cinema")))

"Quod licet bovi, non licet bon jovi" (If a cow can do it, it doesn't mean bon jovi can do it)

"Latine dictum, sit altum videtur" (What's said in latin always seems to be more interesting.

"Pax" and "In aeternum" ("Peace" and "In eternity," supposed secret greeting for Opus Dei)

"Opus Dei" (The work of God)

"Amo, amas." (I love a lass.)

"Utinam barbari alum tuum invadant!" (roughly "May barbarians invade your armpits!")

"Sed semper ubi sububi in caput meum" (But I always wear my underpants on my head)

"Visne saltare? 'Hylobates Fungosam' scio" (Do you want to dance? I know the 'Funky Gibbon')

"Veni, Vidi. Flati" (I came, I saw, I farted)

"Vidi, Veni, Adulteri" (I saw, I came, I committed adultery)

"Transire vinus forticulus" (Pass the port)

"Si facere, esse in Circus" (roughly "If I could do that, I'd be in a circus!")

"Eia! Tu! Os porcus!" (Hey! You! Pig face!)

"Eia! Tu gleba magna!" (Hey! You big lump!)

"Eia! Tu! Spiritus verminosa!" (Hey! You! Maggot-breath!)

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