Awesome Latin proverbs and phrases
The ancient Romans had a certain way with words that are hard to emulate in the English language.
Nonetheless even when written in English, these Latin love quotes still manage to pull on the heart strings.
Maybe you’ll even find the words you need to express your true love to someone.
If you want to enjoy more quotes from the world’s most famous dead language then try the 61 most famous Latin quotes about success.
14 Famous Latin Quotes about love
- Semper fidelis
“Always faithful” is a phrase that everyone in love will feel reassured by. I’m sure you’ll agree that the Latin expression reads much more smoothly than the English words.
- Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori
This is our favorite Latin phrase from Virgil’s Aeneid which translated reads; “Love conquers all things; let us yield to love.”
- Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur
This phrase is pretty deep, in essence meaning; “we choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving.”
- Amor omnia vincit
“Love conquers all” is one of the most enduring and relevant latin phrases. This is yet another famous quote attributed to the Roman poet, Virgil.
- Amor est vitae essentia
I’m sure all of us have felt this way at some point in our lives; “Love is the essence of life”
- O ego quam videor felix, immobile pectus Pectoris immoti semper amantis amans
One of the world’s most outstanding playwrights, William Shakespeare coined this phrase which means; “Then happy I, that love and am beloved, Where I may not remove nor be removed.”
- Nunc scio quid sit Amor
The Roman poet Virgil was something of an expert when it came to romance…or at least writing about it. This phrase translates as; “now I know what love is.”
- Amor caecus est
Loving someone often makes you unable to see their faults; “Love is blind” is the literal translation for this quote.
- Amor omnibus idem
Not everyone will agree with this quote but the sentiment is there all the same! “Love is the same for all” is the translation for this.
- Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit
“True love will hold on to those whom it has held,” for anyone that has loved and lost this quote will certainly resonate.
- Si vis amari, ama
Sometimes opening up can be tough but the Romans knew the answer; “If you want to be loved, love”
- Homo sine amore vivere nequit
Strong words: “A man without love cannot live.”
- Ama tanquam osurus. Oderis tamquam amaturus
“Love as though you might hate, hate as though you might love,” this sounds like it should be spoken by Brad Pitt in an historical epic!
- Ammor magnus doctor est
“Love is a great teacher,” never a truer phrase has been spoken!
14 Popular Latin Phrases for romantics
- Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
Originally spoken by Hannibal the enemy of Rome, this phrase would better be used today as a proclamation to your beloved. “I will either find a way or make one”
- Acta non verba
A personal favorite of mine and one that would serve any young romantic well; “Actions not words”
- Memento vivere
“Remember to live,” the more optimistic sister to the common phrase ‘memento mori’ meaning, “remember you have to die.”
- Omnia paratus
You may be familiar with this phrase from the US TV show Gilmore Girls when Rory Gilmore heard a strange girl in a fancy ballgown utter “in omnia paratus,” as she climbed into a town car in an episode of Gilmore Girls, her journalistic spidey senses started tingling. It’s meaning is “Prepared for all things”
- Ab imo pectore
“From the bottom of my heart,” as it is translated, is a phrase attributed to the great Julius Caesar.
- Astra inclinant, sed non obligant
If you feel like fate is getting in the way then bear this phrase in mind; “The stars aline us, they do not bind us.”
- Ad astra
What an impressive phrase to use as part of a romantic gesture; “To the stars.”
- Aurora australis
Translated as the “Morning light coming from the south.” The aurora australis is a light display that can be seen in the night sky over Antarctica, during the winter. It is also referred to as the Southern Lights.
- Dum spiro spero
“While I breathe I hope,” maybe just slightly desperate…
- Quam bene vivas referre, non quam diu
Wow, what a way to inspire a bold romantic move; “It is how well you live that matters, not how long”
- Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt
A philosophical quote from the Odes of Horace meaning; “they change their sky not their soul, those who rush across the sea.”
- Amantium irae amoris integratio est
Certainly a tongue in cheek comment regarding relationship advice; “Lovers’ quarrels are the renewal of love”
- Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore
“I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting” from the Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero.
- Qui amat, tamen hercle si seurit, nullum esurit
When you’re head over heels in love, nothing else really matters, the phrase translates as; “He that’s in love, for sure, even if he is hungry, isn’t hungry at all.”
6 Common Latin Phrases for the love of Ancient Rome
- Vino veritas
“In wine there is truth,” there certainly is! And the ancient Romans loved it.
- Aurea mediocritas
“The golden mean” is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency.
- Amor patriae
Those ancients were nothing if not patriotic about Rome, I imagine this phrase was used a lot! “For the love of one’s country”
- Aut cum scuto aut in scuto
You may know these words from the film ‘300’ when King Leonides’ wife says to him to return from the battle “either with shield or on it.” So not strictly Rome but you get where she’s coming from.
- Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus
“Never tickle a sleeping dragon” is sound advice and probably never spoken in ancient times. This is actually the motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- Audentes fortuna iuvat
“Fortune favors the bold” were supposedly Pliny the Elder’s last words before leaving the docks at Pompeii to rescue his friend Pomponianus from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79. The phrase also appears in Virgil’s Aeneid.
7 genius latin phrases to honor the Gods
- Bis vincit qui se vincit
“He who prevails over himself is twice victorious.” A person who overcomes their weaknesses or failings, who is able to control their feelings and actions, wins life’s most important battles.
- Aqua vita
Many times the Gods were honored with the “water of life,” which was actually a strong alcohol!
- Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo
From Virgil’s Aeneid, this phrase means, “If I cannot move Heaven, I will raise Hell.”
- Alea iacta est
“The die is cast” is perhaps the most famous phrase spoken by Julius Caesar before he invaded the Italian capital.
- Beati pauperes spiritu
“Blessed are the poor in spirit” is a line from the gospel of Matthew which echoes the words of Jesus Christ.
- Vincit omnia veritas
A righteous motto meaning; “Truth conquers all things”
- Acta deos numquam mortalia fallunt
The ancients were firm believers that; “Moral actions never deceive the gods.”
13 famous phrases from the Latin language
- Carpe Diem
Arguably the most well known Latin phrase, made famous in the past 30 years by actor Robin Williams in the film ‘Dead Poets Society.’ The phrase translates as “seize the day.”
- Et cetera
Another familiar phrase for which is often found at the end of a sentence in the form: etc. The literal meaning is; “And other similar things.”
- Caveat emptor
“Buyer beware” is the translation for a term often found in modern day legal contracts.
- Ergo sum
“I think, therefore I am” is a philosophical statement that was made by René Descartes. The phrase originally appeared in French as je pense, donc je suis.
- Pecunia, si uti scis, ancilla est; si nescis, domina
Does exactly what it says on the tin; “If you know how to use money, money is your slave; if you don’t, money is your master.”
- Ad hoc
“To this,” is the familiar term that we often use without knowing it’s true meaning.
- Ad hominem
Directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining; “To the man”
- Timendi causa est nescire
More strong words that put life into perspective and can be used to inspire others; “Ignorance is the cause of fear.”
- Et tu Brute?
“And you Brutus?” The last words of Caesar according to William Shakespeare. However no one truly knows what Julius Caesar actually said before he drew his last breath.
- Sic semper tyrannis
“Thus always to tyrants,” the famous words of John Wilkes Booth when he assassinated the great Abraham Lincoln.
- Ignis aurum proat, miseria fortes viros
This is part of a Latin quotation from Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman, Seneca; “Fire provides proof of gold; adversity, proof of strong men” Ovid
- Facilius est vitae risus
A quote with an unknown origin but one that we can certainly get behind; “Life is easier with a smile.”
- Amans iratus multa mentitur
“An angry man tells himself many lies,” is probably a truth that stems back much longer than 2000 years!
We’ve reached the end of our 56 Latin quotes about love and life, hopefully you’ve found what you were looking for.
Whether you’ve found the love of your life or you just want to share your feelings with a true friend, the Latin quotes about are sure to add a level of class to your gesture.
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