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Group 108: Latin


1398. Fulget virtus in arduis.

1399. Inter cineres flamma manet.

1400. Paupertas artes omnes perdocet.

1401. Felicitas multos habet amicos.

1402. Numero deus impare gaudet.

1403. Similis simili semper haeret.

1404. Suus rex reginae placet.

1405. Timidi mater non flet.

1406. Timet naufragus omne fretum.

1407. Incus robusta malleum non timet.





Study Guide


1398. Virtue shines in difficult moments. (This is a popular family motto which you can also find in the abbreviated form, virtus in arduis.)


1399. Among the ashes, the flame remains. (You can find a variation on this phrase in Maximianus.)


1400. Poverty teaches all the arts. (I like the alliteration in paupertas and perdocet. The phrase is adapted from Plautus.)


1401. Happiness has many friends. (Compare this variant: felici copia amici, "the happy man has an abundance of friends.")


1402. God enjoys the odd number. (The saying can be found in Vergil's Eclogues. The idea is that odd numbers were, for the ancient Romans, lucky numbers.)


1403. Like always clings to like. (There are many variants on this saying, such as Simile simili amicum, "Like is friend to life," etc.)


1404. The queen likes her king. (You can find this saying in Plautus.)


1405. A coward's mother does not weep. (You can find this saying in Erasmus's Adagia, 4.6.12.)


1406. The shipwrecked man fears every sea. (This saying is adapted from Ovid.)


1407. A strong anvil does not fear the hammer. (Be careful with the Latin word incus - even though it ends in "us," it is a feminine noun.)


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