Latin Quotes and Words of Wisdom

Looking for Latin quotes that will make you come across as more clever than your years may merit? There are plenty of Latin quotes to use in a variety of situations. Choose a few from this list of words of wisdom:

Latin Quote: Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.
Meaning: Mountains will be in labor, and an absurd mouse will be born.
How To Use This Phrase: You can use this phrase to describe a situation where you have worked hard, but you have nothing to show for your labor.

Latin Quote: Ars longa, vita brevis.
Meaning: It takes a long time to develop a skill, and yet life is short.
How To Use This Phrase: This phrase can be used to express frustration with how long it can take to acquire a skill or start a business or achieve a goal. When you say this phrase, you're kind of joking around, saying essentially that you may be an old man before you get to truly be an expert in a field, or that it will take so long to achieve a goal that it's almost not worth it.

Latin Quote: Cogito ergo sum.
Meaning: I think, therefore I am.
How To Use This Phrase: This phrase, coined by philosopher Rene Descartes, is used to describe a philosophical view of how we become who we are through our thoughts, assuming our actions will follow our thoughts.

Latin Quote: Praemonitus, praemunitus.
Meaning: Forewarned is forearmed.
How To Use This Phrase: This phrase can be used in jest before a competition or a game. If you've told your opponent you are good at the game, you can joke saying, "Praemonitus, praemunitus!" Then go beat your opponent as he tries to figure out what on earth you just said.

Latin Quote: Veni, vidi, vici.
Meaning: I came, I saw, I conquered.
How To Use This Phrase: This phrase is attributed to Julius Ceasar in 47 BC after a victorious battle. You can use it today to joke about any kind of a victory.

Latin Quote: Verba volant, scripta manent.
Meaning: Spoken words fly, written words remain.
How To Use This Phrase: In other words, get those promises in writing if you want to enforce them later. 

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