Latin Classes at Porter Middle School
2206 Prather Lane, Austin TX 78704
Magistra Ginny Lindzey, Instructor

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Mottoes and Phrases We Are Learning

This list will continue to expand as the year progresses.

  • carpe diem: seize the day
  • festina lente: make haste slowly
  • tempus fugit: time flies
  • nosce te ipsum: know yourself
  • et tu, Brute?: you too, Brutus? 
  • veni, vidi, vici: I came, I saw, I conquered
  • caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware!
  • terra incognita: unknown territories
  • semper paratus: always prepared
  • divide et impera: divide and rule
  • alea iacta est: the die is cast
  • citius, altius, fortius: faster, higher, stronger (Olympics)
  • veritas: truth (Harvard University)
  • disciplina praesidium civitatis: disciplined learning is the guard of civilization (University of Texas)
  • ad astra per aspera:  to the stars through difficulties (motto of the state of Kansas)
  • labor omnia vincit: effort conquers all (motto of the state of Oklahoma)
  • persona non grata: an unwelcome person
  • errare humanum est: to err is human
  • de gustibus non disputandum est: you can't argue about taste
  • cave canem: beware of the dog 
  • facilis descensus Averno: going to Hades is easy
  • mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a sound body
  • nolo contendere: I don't wish to contest (the charge)
  • quid pro quo: something for something
  • dum spiro, spero: while I breathe, I hope
  • damnant quod non intelligunt: they condemn what they don't understand
  • bona fide: in good faith
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Last updated August 14, 2002. Go to Porter M.S.