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Group 72: Latin


953. O Cupido, quantus es!

954. Paulum lucri, quantum damni.

955. Quot servi, tot hostes.

956. Quot regiones, tot mores.

957. Quot homines, tot stultitiae.

958. Tot capita, tot sententiae.

959. Tot capita, tot pulices.

960. Litore quot conchae, tot sunt in amore dolores.

961. Gramina quot campis, tot sunt in amore pericula.

962. Tanti homo est sine amico, quanti corpus absque spiritu est.





Study Guide


953. O Cupid, how great you are! (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)


954. A little bit of profit, so much loss. (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)


955. There are as many enemies as there are servants. (You can find this saying in many forms, such as Quot servos habemus, totidem habemus hostes, "As many as we have servants, just so many enemies do we have," as found in Erasmus's Adagia, 2.3.31.)


956. There are as many customs as there are regions. (You can also find this saying in the form tot populi, tot mores, "so many peoples, so many customs.")


957. There are as many bits of silliness as there are people. (This saying is a humorous variant on the more traditional form, as in Terence: quot homines, tot sententiae, where stultitiae, "sillinesses" has replaced sententiae, "opinions.")


958. So many heads, so many opinions. (Compare the variant: quot homines, tot sententiae, where the people homines are replaced here metonymically by capita, "heads." You can read a nice little note about this saying and its variants at Laudator Temporis Acti.)


959. So many heads, so many fleas. (You can also find this with lice rather than fleas: Quot capita, tot pediculi.)


960. As many as are the shells on the shore, so many are the pains in love. (This is a saying taken from Ovid's Ars Amatoria.)


961. As many as blades of grass in the fields, so many are the dangers in love. (This saying is a nice variant on the saying from Ovid cited above, #960.)


962. A man without a friend is worth just as much as a body without a spirit. (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)


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