Latin is often referred to as a "dead language", which means that it's not in the active use by any nation. Still, we see traces of Latin in most European languages. Some of them were heavily influenced by Latin language and some even derived from the Latin language itself. We know that Roman culture is one of the most influential and it set the foundations of western civilization as we know it. Modern-day law, political and economic structures all have strong roots in Latin civilization. And though there's no active use of Latin language, there are written and oral records of Latin wisdom. And that's what this article is all about. We'll look into some of many Latin proverbs that could help us in times when we need guidance.


Latin proverbs as a key to answering all life questions


These proverbs come out of the minds of thinkers like Cicero, Horace, Julius Caesar and others. They can help you if you have any kind of problem. Whether it's a trouble with a written term paper help making a career decision, or if you want to invade a country. Latin has the answer to everything! And here are the proves for that.


"Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare" - Cicero


In translation – Everyone makes mistakes, but only fools make the same mistake again. This proverb carries a strong message that you need to remember your mistakes and learn where you went wrong. It says that we shouldn't be ashamed or feel bad if we're doing something new and we don't do it right. But it also warns us that we should examine our actions and see where we went wrong in order to do it right the next time.


"Homines quod volunt credunt" - Julious Caesar


If we translate this quote, it tells us that people believe what they want to believe in. This proverb shows us that people often go chasing pipedreams blinded by their will that this dream is true. It teaches us to be careful that someone might use our trust in order to manipulate us. So take a look at the facts before you start something you might regret.


"Imperare sibi maximum imperium est" - Seneca


Simply put, this quote says that to rule yourself is the ultimate power. It means that once you have a complete power over your feelings, thoughts, and actions you will become the master of everything that happens in your life. You won't be manipulated, won't make mistakes, you will rule your life just the way you want it. This is something that we should always keep in mind and aspire to achieve this ultimate form of rule.


"Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem" - Horace


With this quote, Horace teaches us to remember that when life puts us on a steep path, we should keep our mind even. It means that no matter what challenges lie before you, keep your mind straight, don't panic and remember your goal. People often go astray from their original path just because they run into some bumps. This quote tells us to be patient and always stay on top of things.


"Vestis virum reddit" - Quintilianus


Maybe one of the most known quotes in the world, meaning that clothes make the man. Some people may argue that this quote is too materialistic and teaches us that it's important to be well-dressed, fashion-slave. The truth behind this verse is quite opposite. This quote teaches us that we always have to show ourselves in our best. It means that we should be presentable if we are to be taken seriously. There is a time and place for everything. How you present yourself on the beach is not the same as in the club or a job interview.


"Si vis pacem, para bellum" - Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus


For all of you who skipped your Latin classes, this quote means "If you want peace, prepare for war". Ominous as it sounds, this proverb teaches us to keep what we value no matter what. It also conveys a message that there will always be challenges and we need to be prepared for them.


Rome was one of the most powerful and one of the largest empires in history. It stood for order, wisdom, and sustainable system. In a civilization that conquered most of the known world at the time, there were a lot of wise people. Their thoughts survived throughout the centuries and serve us as guidelines in whatever situation we might find ourselves in.


Let us know which is your favorite Latin proverb and how they helped you in your time of need. Share your favorite Latin thinker with us, we're interested how you interpret them.