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Group 21: Latin


276. Dux vitae ratio.

277. Instar aquae tempus.

278. Vita hominis peregrinatio.

279. Finis miseriae mors est.

280. Via ovicipitum dura est.

281. Mater crudelitatis ira.

282. Nutrix curarum nox est.

283. Victrix malorum patientia est.

284. Victrix fortunae sapientia.

285. Culmen honoris lubricum est.

286. Remedium iniuriarum oblivio est.

287. Confessio sceleris initium salutis.

288. Magister artis ingeniique largitor venter.





Study Guide


276. The guide of life is thought. (The Latin word ratio gives us the English word "ratio" but it has a wide range of meanings in Latin: reckoning, reason, business, system, etc.)


277. Time is an image of water. (The Latin word instar means "image" or "likeness" and it is combined with a genitive to express a comparison or simile. In other words, time is like water.)


278. A man's life is a pilgrimage. (The Latin word peregrinatio is from the word peregre, meaning "from abroad." This Latin root gives us the English words "pilgrim" and also "pilgrimage." Interestingly, English also has a word taken more directly from the Latin: "peregrination.")


279. Death is the end of misery. (You can find a similar idea expressed in Cicero: miseriae finis in morte, "there is an end of misery in death.")


280. The life of the eggheads is hard. (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)


281. Wrath is the mother of cruelty. (Because ira is a feminine noun, she is the mater, "mother," of cruelty, not its father.)


282. Night is the nurse of worries. (In other words, night nourishes worries because you lie there awake at the night and just fret about things! You can find this idea expressed in the Roman poet Ovid.)


283. Patience is the conqueror of evils. (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)


284. Wisdom is the conqueror of luck. (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)


285. The pinnacle of honor is slippery. (You can see an emblematic image of this saying in Otto Vaenius's Q. Horatii Flacci Emblemata, published in 1612.)


286. Forgetting is the cure for injuries. (This is a saying you can find in the collection of maxims attributed to Publilius Syrus.)


287. Confession of a crime is the beginning of healing. (Notice the parallel structure here: nominative-genitive=nominative-genitive.)


288. The stomach is the teacher of skill and the bestower of talent. (The idea is that hunger will compel you to learn the skills you need and to discover any talents you can apply to your need for food. You can find this expression in the Roman poet Persius.)


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