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Adverb Mottos


1. One-Word Mottos: Adverbs


You can make a motto with just one adverb. Normally an adverb modifies a verb, but when the adverbs are used on their own like this, you can imagine a generic sense of doing that goes with them - "(I do things) Bravely," or "(I always act) Cautiously," etc.


Candide - Openly.

Impavide - Fearlessly.

Aequanimiter - Calmly.

Audaciter - Boldly.

Fideliter - Faithfully.

Fortiter - Bravely.

Mediocriter - Moderately.

Suaviter - Pleasantly.

Constanter - Steadfastly.

Patienter - Patiently.

Vigilanter - Wathcfully.

Paulatim - Gradually.

Subito - Immediately.

Sursum - Upward.


2. Adverbs with comma


It is possible to combine two or three adverbs simply with a comma:


Candide, sincere - Openly, with integrity.

Honeste, fortiter - Honorably, bravely.

Suaviter, fortiter - Pleasantly, bravely.

Cito, tuto, iucunde - Swiftly, safely, gladly.

Citius, altius, fortius - More swiftly, higher, more strongly.

Fortiter, fideliter, feliciter - Bravely, faithfully, happily.

Pulchre, bene, recte - Nicely, rightly, properly.

Scite, citissime, certe - Ingeniously, mostly swiftly, surely.

Sagaciter, fideliter, constanter - Keenly, faithfully, steadfastly.


3. Adjective + Adjective


You can easily combine two adverbs with the word et:


Nunc et semper - Now and always.

Semel et semper - Once and for always.

Aequabiliter et diligenter - Fairly and carefully.

Aequaliter et diligenter - Evenly and carefully.

Audacter et aperte - Boldly and openly.

Audacter et sincere - Boldly and with integrity.

Callide et honeste - Wisely and honorably.

Candide et caute - Openly and cautiously.

Candide et constanter - Openly and steadfastly.

Candide et secure - Openly and without worry.

Caute et sedulo - Cautiously and carefully.

Celeriter et iucunde - Swiftly and gladly.

Consulto et audacter - Purposefully and boldly.

Copiose et opportune - Eloquently and appropriately.

Fideliter et diligenter - Faithfully and carefully.

Fideliter et recte - Faithfully and properly.

Fortiter et celeriter - Bravely and swiftly.

Fortiter et feliciter - Bravely and happily.

Fortiter et fideliter - Bravely and faithfully.

Fortiter et recte - Bravely and properly.

Fortiter et strenue - Bravely and energetically.

Recte et suaviter - Properly and pleasantly.

Sapienter et pie - Wisely and piously.

Sincere et constanter - Sincerely and steadfastly.

Strenue et audacter - Energetically and boldly.

Strenue et prospere - Energetically and successfully.

Suaviter et fortiter - Pleasantly and bravely.

Tuto et celeriter - Safely and swiftly.

Tuto, celeriter, et iucunde - Safely, swiftly, and gladly.


The enclitic -que can serve the same purpose:

Cito fideliterque - Swiftly and faithfully.

Iterum, iterum, iterumque - Again, again, and again.


The conjunction ac can also join two adverbs:

Fortiter ac sapienter - Bravely and wisely.


The conjunction "or" may also be used:

Nunc aut nunquam - Now or never.


You can also set off contrasting adverbs with sed as the conjunction:

Candide, sed caute - Openly,  but cautiously.

Comiter, sed fortiter - Courteously, but bravely.

Fortiter, sed apte - Bravely, but suitably.

Lente, sed attente - Slowly, but conscientiously.

Lente, sed opportune - Slowly, but suitably.

Paulatim, sed firmiter - Gradually, but firmly.

Sero, sed serie - Late, but earnestly.

Suaviter, sed fortiter - Pleasantly, but boldly.


4. Negated Adverbs


You can also make a motto by negating an adverb:


Non frustra - Not in vain.

Non temere - Not rashly.

Non temere, sed fortiter - Not rashly, but boldly.

Cito, non temere - Swiftly, not rashly.

Caute, non astute - Cautiously, not cunningly.

Caute, nec timide - Cautiously, and not timidly.


You can also negate two adverbs as neither-nor:


Nec cito, nec tarde - Neither swiftly, nor late.

Nec temere, nec timide - Neither rashly, nor fearfully.

Nec timide, nec temere - Neither fearfully, nor rashly.

Neque profuse neque avare - Neither lavishly nor stingily.


5. Adverbs modifying adverbs


You can also use one adverb to modify another:


Semper sic - Always thus.

Semper sursum - Always upwards.

Nunquam deorsum - Never downwards.

Nec minus fortiter - No less boldly.

Potius sero quam numquam - Rather late than never.

Nunc, ut olim - Now, as formerly.


6. Conditions and Prepositions


You can modify adverbs with conditional statements build using si or nisi:

Sapienter, si sincere - Wisely, if sincerely,

Nisi Dominus frustra - Unless (there is) God, fruitlessly.

Nunquam nisi honorificentissime - Never, unless most honorably.


Prepositional phrases can also be used to modify an adverb:

Sub pondere sursum - Beneath my load, (I look) upwards.

Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re - Sweetly in manner, boldly in action.




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