S – Latin Quotes

Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas – Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses. (Ovid)
Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit – Often it is not even advantageous to know what will be. (Cicero)
Saepe stilum vertas – May you often turn the stylus (You should make frequent corrections.)
Sane ego te vocavi. Forsitan capedictum tuum desit – I did call. Maybe your answering machine is broken
Sapere aude! – Dare to be wise! (Horace)
Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probat – A wise man states as true nothing he does not prove (don’t swear to anything you don’t know firsthand)
Sat sapienti – Enough for a wise man. (Plautus)
Satius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis, quam innocentem damnari – It is better that a crime is left unpunished than that an innocent man is punished. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Scio cur summae inter se dissentiant! Numeris Romanis utor! – I know why the numbers don’t agree! I use Roman numerals!
Scito te ipsum – Know yourself
Scribere est agere – To write is to act
Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Who watches the watchmen? (Juvenal)
Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet – He who feared he would not succeed sat still. (For fear of failure, he did nothing.) (Horace)
Semper fidelis – Always faithful (US Marines Motto)
Semper Gumby – Always flexible (United States Air Forces, Europe, Contracting squadron motto)
Semper idem – Always the same thing. (Cicero)
Semper Letteris Mandate – Always get it in writing!
Semper paratus – Always ready (US Coast Guard Motto)
Semper Primus – Always first (US Army Pathfinder motto)
Semper ubi sub ubi ubique – Always wear underwear everywhere
Sequens mirabitur aetas – The following age will be amazed
Serva me, servabo te – Save me and I will save you. (Petronius Arbiter)
Si fallatis officium, quaestor infitias eat se quicquam scire de factis vestris – If you fail, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your activities
Si fecisti nega! – If you did it, deny it (stonewall!)
Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit – If the end is good, everything will be good (all’s well that ends well)
Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes – Essentially it says, ‘if you can read this, you’re overeducated.’
Si post fata venit gloria non propero – If glory comes after death, I’m not in a hurry (if one must die to be recognised, I can wait)
Si tacuisses, philosophus manisses – If you had kept quiet, you would have remained a philosopher. (Boethius)
Si vis amari, ama – If you wish to be loved, love. (Seneca)
Sic ad nauseam – And so on to the point of causing nausea
Sic faciunt omnes – Everyone is doing it
Sic itur ad astra – Such is the path to the stars (i.e. gain reputation) (Vergil)
Sic volo, sic iubeo – I want this, I order this. (Juvenalis)
Silent enim leges inter arma – Laws are silent in times of war. (Cicero)
Sine die – Without a day (being set)
Sine ira et studio – Without anger or bias. (Tacitus)
Sine nobilitatis – Without nobility (SNOB)
Sit vis nobiscum – May the Force be with you
Sobria inebrietas – Sober intoxication
Sol omnibus lucet – The sun shines upon us all. (Petronius)
Solitudinem fecerunt, pacem appelunt – They made a desert and called it peace. (Tacitus)
Sona si latine loqueris – Honk if you speak Latin
Spectaculorum procedere debet – The show must go on
Spemque metumque inter dubiis – Hover between hope and fear. (Vergil)
Spero nos familiares mansuros – I hope we’ll still be friends
Splendor sine occasu – Splendour without end
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes – It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid. (Publilius Syrus)
Sub secreto – In secret
Sub silentio – In silence
Sub sole nihil novi est – There’s nothing new under the sun
Subucula tua apparet – Your slip is showing
Suggestio veri, suggestio falsi – An intimation of truth, an intimation of falcity
Sui generis – Of one’s own kind
Summa cum laude – With highest honor
Summam scrutemur – Let’s look at the bottom line
Summum ius, summa iniuria – The extreme law is the greatest injustice. (Cicero)
Sumptus censum ne superet – Let not your spending exceed your income (live within your means)
Suo jure – In one’s rightful place
Suos cuique mos – Everyone has his customs. (Gellius)
Sursum corda – (lift) up (your) hearts
Suum cuique pulchrum est – To each his own is beautiful. (Cicero)

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