Latin quotes by Virgil

Virgil (70-19 BC), Roman Poet

Publius Vergilius Maro

His most important works include: Bucolica (Bucolics or Eclogues), Georgics (Georgics) and Aeneis (Aeneid).

  1. Ab Iove principium - Start with the most important (Virgil - Aeneid VII - Iove [Jove] is Jupiter, the father of all Roman Gods)
  2. Ab uno disce omnes - From one learn all (Virgil - Aeneid II )
  3. Agnosco veteris vestigia flamea - I feel once more the scars of the old flame (Virgil - Aeneid IV, 23)
  4. Aliquis latet error - Some trickery lies hidden (Virgil - Aeneid II, 48)
  5. Alma parens - Nurturing parent (Virgil - Aeneid X)
  6. Amor omnia vincit - Love Conquers all (Virgil - Eclogues X)
  7. Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit litora - I sing of war and of a man, who first from the shores of Troy, driven by fate, arrived in Italy and on Lavinian shores. (Virgil - Aeneid I)
  8. Arrectis auribus - With ears pricked up (Virgil - Aeneid II - Attentively)
  9. Audentis fortuna iuuat - Fortune favors the bold (Virgil - Aeneid X, 284)
  10. Auri sacra fames! - Holy lust for gold (Virgil - Aeneid III, 57)
  11. Bella! Horrida bella! - War! Horrid War! (Virgil - Virgil - Aeneid, VI, 86)
  12. Carmina coelo possunt deducere lunam - The magic words can bring the moon from heaven to earth (Virgil)
  13. Carpent tua poma nepotes - Your descendants will pick your fruit (Virgil - Motto of Monteria, Colombia)
  14. Claudite iam rivos, pueri, at prata biberunt - Turn off the watercourses, boys, the fields have drunk enough (Virgil - Enough is enough)
  15. Conticuere omnes intentique ora tenebant - All fell silent now, and they looked in attention (Virgil - Aeneid II, 1)
  16. Deus nobis haec otia fecit - God has given us this tranquility (Georgia's Motto taken from Virgil's Eclogues I)
  17. Dido sola stratis incubat - Dido, alone, lays in her bed (Virgil - Aeneid)
  18. Discite iustitiam, moniti, et non temnere divos - Having been warned, study justice and learn not to despise the gods (Virgil - Aeneid VI, 620)
  19. Equo ne credite, Teucri. Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes - Do not trust the Horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts. (Virgil - Aeneid)
  20. Et campos ubi Troia fuit - And the fields where was Troy (Virgil - Aeneid III)
  21. facilis descensus Averno - The descent to hell is easy (Virgil - Aeneid)
  22. Fama Volat - Fame flies (Virgil, Aeneid, VII - Rumor has wings)
  23. Fata viam invenient - The Fates will find out a way (Virgil, Aeneid X,113)
  24. Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas - Happy is the one who is able to know the causes of things (Virgil - Georgics II, 490)
  25. Fit via vi - The road is made by force (Virgil Aeneid 2, 494)
  26. Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo - If I can not move the super-heroes, I will unleash the underworld (Virgil - Aeneid, 7, 312)
  27. Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit - Perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy (Virgil, Aeneid Book I, line 203 )
  28. Fortes fortuna adiuvat - Fortune favors the strong (Terence in Phormio and Virgil Aeneid)
  29. Furor arma ministrat - Rage provides arms (Virgil - Aeneid I, 150)
  30. His lacrimis vitam damus - We give life to tears (Virgil)
  31. Hos ego versiculos feci, tulit alter honores:
        Sic vos non vobis nidificatis aves,
        Sic vos non vobis vellera fertis oves
        Sic vos non vobis mellificatis apes
        Sic vos non vobis fertis aratra boves
    I wrote these lines, someone else took the honors:
          so you do not nest for yourselves, birds,
          so you are not carrying wool for yourselves sheep,
          so you do not make for yourselves honey, bees,
          so you do not wear the plow to yourselves, oxen.
  32. Hunc oro sine me furere ante furorem - I beg you, let me be mad with this madness before death comes (Virgil - Aeneid XII, 680)
  33. Iam nova progenies caelo demittitur alto - Now a new generation is let down from Heaven above (Virgil - Eclogues IV, 7)
  34. Incipe, parve puer, risu cognoscere matrem - Begin little child to recognise your mother by her smile (Virgil, Eclogues 4 - Thank you: Patrick Foley )
  35. Labor omnia improba vincit - Hard work conquers everything (Philosophical term - Virgil - Georgics)
  36. Latet Anguis in Herba - A snake hidden in the grass (Virgil - Bucolica III 93 )
  37. Macte nova virtute puer: sic itur ad astra - Look to your new-found courage, young man, for that is the way to the stars! (Aphorism taken from Virgil’s Aeneid . Is now used to emphasize the willingness to fight and put effort in difficult situations. The last part (Sic itur ad astra) contained in the shield of the Colombian Air Force)
  38. Mantua me genuit; Calabri rapuere; tenet nunc
    Parthenope; Cecini pascua, rura, duces
    Mantua gave me birth; Calabrian took me away
    ( Today they have me) Partenope holds me. I sang of pastures, farms, leaders
    (Virgil epitaph)
  39. Mens agitat molem - The mind moves matter (Virgil)
  40. Natura ingenium disecta cadavera pandit; plus quan vitae more taciturna docet - The cadaver dissection demonstrates the wisdom of nature; more talkative than life, teaches us the taciturn death (Motto of Pedro Virgili, first director of the Military Medical College in Cadiz, Spain)
  41. Nimium ne crede colori - Do not rely much on the colors (the beauty) (Virgil, Bucoliche, 2, 1)
  42. Non omnia possumus omnes - Not everyone can do everything (Virgil)
  43. Nox atra cava circunvolat umbra - The night surrounds us with its black shadow (Virgil: Aeneid II, 360)
  44. O mihi praeteritos referat si Iuppiter annos - If only Jupiter could restore those lost years (Philosophical term - Virgil, poet)
  45. O socii (neque enim ignari sumus ante malorum), o passi graviora, dabit deus his quoque finem vos et Scyllaeam rabiem penitusque sonantis accestis scopulos, vos et Cyclopia saxa experti. revocate animos maestumque timorem mittite; forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit - O friends (for we were not unknown to prior evils) O you who’ve endured worse, the god will grant an end to this too. You’ve faced rabid Scylla, and her deep-sounding cliffs. and you’ve experienced the Cyclopes’s rocks. remember your courage and chase away gloomy fears. (Virgil - The Aeneid I 22)
  46. Omnia sunt plena Iovis - All are full of Jupiter (Virgil)
  47. Omnia vincit Amor; et nos cedamus Amori - Love triumphs over everything; let's give way to love (Virgil in "Bucolics")
  48. Paulo maiora canamus - Let us sing of somewhat greater things (Virgil)
  49. Penitus toto divisos orbe Britannos - Deeply divided from the whole world are the British (Virgil: Eclogue I, 67)
  50. Possunt quia posse videntur - They can, because they think they can (Virgil)
  51. Quaeque ipsa miserrima vidi, et quorum pars magna fui - So many terrible things I saw, and in so many of them I played a great part (Virgil - Aeneid)
  52. Sed nos immensum spatiis confecimus aequor, et iam tempus equum fumantia solvere colla - But now I have traveled a very long way, and now the time has come to unyoke my steaming horses. (Virgil - Georgics II - Time to rest after a great effort)
  53. Stetit illa tremens - That stood trembling (Virgil - Aeneid II, 5)
  54. Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt - These are the tears of things, and our mortality cuts to the heart. (Virgil - Aeneid I, 461 )
  55. Tantae molis erat romanam condere gentem - So great a task it as to found the Roman race (Virgil - Aeneid 1:33 - Rome wasn't built in a day !)
  56. Timeo danaos atque dona ferentes - I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts (Virgil - Remember the Trojan Horse?)
  57. Titire tu patule recubans sub tegmine fagi - Tityrus, you are lying under the shade of that broad beech (Virgil - Eclogues I)
  58. Una salus victis, nullam sperare salutem - The only hope for the vanquished is not to hope any salvation (virgil - Aeneid - They should only expect that they will not be saved)
  59. Vendidit hic auro patriam - He sold his country for gold (Virgil - Aeneid)
  60. Vici mea fata vivendo - I conquered my destiny by living (Virgil - Aeneid)
  61. Vires acquirit eundo - The forces are acquired by marching or She gathers strength as she goes (Virgil - You learn to swim by swimming)
  62. Vitam in tenebris luctuque trahebam - I dragged life in darkness and crying (Virgil)
  63. Vox faucibus haesit - His voice stayed in his throat (Virgil)

Total: 63

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