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Group 113: Latin

 

1460. Nocte latent fures.

1461. Latent sub melle venena.

1462. Veritas et rosae habent spinas.

1463. Parietes habent aures.

1464. Di lanatos pedes habent.

1465. Di nos quasi pilas homines habent.

1466. Et lacrimae pondera vocis habent.

1467. Mendacia curta semper habent crura.

1468. Reges universos timent.

1469. Leonem mortuum et muscae mordent.

1470. E verbis fatuos, ex aure tenemus asellum.

1471. Humana sub cute plurimae latent ferae.

1472. Tria hominem movent: honor, utilitas, voluptas.

 

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1460. Thieves lurk at night. (You can find this saying in Catullus.)

 

1461. Poison lurks beneath the honey. (This saying is adapted from Ovid.)

 

1462. Truth and roses have thorns. (There are many sayings about roses and their thorns, e.g., Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas, "The sharp thorn often begets soft roses.")

 

1463. The walls have ears. (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)

 

1464. The gods have woolen feet.  (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)

 

1465. The gods hold us humans like balls. (You can find this saying in Plautus.)

 

1466. Tears also have the weight of a voice. (You can find this saying in Ovid's Heroides.)

 

1467. Lies always have short legs. (You can find this modified version, with a caveat, in English: "Lies have short legs, as an old saying goes, but they do get around.")

 

1468. Kings fear everyone. (This is adapted from Publilius Syrus: Regibus peius est multo quam servientibus: re vera, quia illi singulos, isti universos timent, "It is far worse for kings than for those who serve: indeed, those who serve fear some individuals, but kings fear everyone.")

 

1469. Even flies bite a dead lion. (There are various sayings about the poor dead lion: Leonem mortuum etiam catuli morsicant, "Even the puppies nip at the dead lion," Leoni mortuo et lepores insultant, "Even the rabbits leap upon the dead lion," etc.)

 

1470. We hold fools by their words, a donkey by the ears. (You can read a brief essay about this proverb at the AudioLatinProverbs.com blog.)

 

1471. Beneath a person's skin lurk many wild beasts. (Note the distinctively Latin form of the prepositional phrase: humana sub cute, just as in the phrase magna cum laude, etc.)

 

1472. Three things motivate a man: honor, profit, pleasure. (Folklore is fond of threes, so you can find many sayings based on this same pattern, such as this Biblical saying from Sirach: Tres species odivit anima mea... Pauperem superbum et divitem mendacem et senem fatuum..., "My soul hates three types: a poor man that is boastful, a rich man who is a liar, and an old man who is a fool.")

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