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20-12-2006, 11:26
Due to lack of time, I'll sum it up shortly; this might be of use for painting mottos, slogans or whatever on models or buildings, but it might also be of some value for those wanting something cool sounding for a background or whatever. Post your own Latin phrases here; there might be something funny, cool or valuable to pick out from it.

Perfer, obdura – Endure and brace yourself

Conjecturalem artem esse virtuis – Art of medicine is an art of guess

Honor est praemium virtuis – Glory is the award of virtue

Fortuna caeca est – Fortune is blind

Cibi condimentum fames – Hunger is the best spice

Acti labores jucunci – Completed labour is comforting

Non sibi soli natum sed Imperator et suis – A human is not born only for himself, but for the Emperor and those of him

Salus Imperium suprema lex – The Imperium’s well-being is the highest law

Scrutantibus gehennas parabat – He created Hell for the questioning ones

Audiatur non et altera pars – Also the other side should not be heard

Terra locuta est, causa finite est – Terra has spoken, the question is settled

Veritas odium pavit – Truth breeds hatred

Mors ianua vitae – Death is the gate of life

Qui orat et laborat, cor levat ad Imperator cum manibus – He who prays and labours lifts his heart to the Emperor along with his hands

Libenter populis id quod volunt credunt – The people believes what it wants to

Simplex sigillum verum – Simplicity is the sign of truth

Aut Imperator aut nihil – Either the Emperor or nothing

Qui tacet consentrie videntur – He who keeps quiet seems to agree

Nihil incertius vulgo – Nothing is more unsure than the pebble

Silent legis inter arma – Laws are silent in times of war

In integrum resituere – Reform to its old shape

Oderint dum metuant – Let them hate as long as they fear

Epistula non eubescit – A letter cannot flush

Dum spiro spero – As long as I breathe I hope

Aegroto, dum anima est, spes esse dicitur – It is said that for the sick there is hope as long as there is life

Ut sementem feceris, ita meres – As one seeds one may harvest

Necessitati parendum est – Necessity must be obeyed

Ab igna ignem – Fire from fire

Suum cuique – Each one for himself

Minima ex malis – The lest evil of a number of evil things

Summu bonum – The highest good


20-12-2006, 11:59
Si vis pacem para bellum - He who wants peace should prepare for war

20-12-2006, 13:34
Fatum est eternus. Omnis animus quirito pro salus. Ibi est haud salus sine dolor. - Damnation is eternal. All souls cry out for salvation. There is no salvation without suffering.

Something that every Dark Angels player should remember.

Oh, and I got a lot more at home.

20-12-2006, 14:37
Dulce est decorum est, pro patria mori- It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for ones country.

20-12-2006, 15:13
As I don't have Latin in High School, can someone do this for me please?

What are these words in Latin?

-dark angel

probably really n00b, thanks!

Tanner MIrabel
20-12-2006, 15:16
Vae Victis

Woe to the conquered, short, sweet and historical

20-12-2006, 15:32
I know that the British Army has a lot of Latin sayings for their squads...I'll try and find some.

Wkipedia - Military Mottos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Unit_Mottos:_United_Kingdom)

Take a look - they're rather good!

20-12-2006, 16:28
Si Cicero audivisset, in sepulchrum rotaretur.
(If Cicero would have heard that, he would rotate in his grave ;))

20-12-2006, 16:32
Obesa cantarvit!

The fat lady has sung!

*not sure about the spelling.

20-12-2006, 16:38
I see a lot of Rome Total War players here.

20-12-2006, 16:38
This one is for when you're losing the game:

"Liberate tutame ix Infernis"
Save yourself from Hell

from one of my favourite Scifi movies 'Event Horizon'


20-12-2006, 16:44
Dura lex, sed lex

A hard law, but a law.

20-12-2006, 16:45
Vindico = Deliverer

is about the only cool high gothic thing I know [never had the coarse sadly].

20-12-2006, 17:22
Couple of corrections so far...

Obesa cantarvit!

The fat lady has sung!

*not sure about the spelling.

obesa cantavit

Liberate tutame ix Infernis

liberate tutemet ex Inferis

(that's incorrect Latin by the way should be something like liberate se ex Infernis, but that's what they said in the film - always irked me)

Slaaneshi Slave
20-12-2006, 17:30
Ultus Urus - Something along the lines of High Lords.

EDIT: Also:

Manui Dat Cognitio Vires - Knowledge Gives Strength to the Arm.

The Song of Spears
20-12-2006, 17:42
Ferrum Intus
Ferrum Externus

iron within,
iron without,


for those who dont know latin!

clicky latin (http://www.translation-guide.com/free_online_translators.php?from=English&to=Latin)

clicky everything else (http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en)

Slaaneshi Slave
20-12-2006, 17:44
Zink Intus
Zink Externus !

20-12-2006, 18:16
Quidquid latine dictum set altum viddatur

Anything said in latin sounds prfound.

20-12-2006, 18:29
liberate tutemet ex Inferis

(that's incorrect Latin by the way should be something like liberate se ex Infernis, but that's what they said in the film - always irked me)

that's bad, and I even coppied it from the SE dvd box, but I guess Hollywood and foreign language is not the best combo:rolleyes:

Slaaneshi Slave
20-12-2006, 18:29
Or English for that matter. :p

20-12-2006, 19:28
Personally, I've always liked my old training battalion's motto; Labore Et Honore.

cav da man
20-12-2006, 20:20
Dulce est decorum est, pro patria mori- It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for ones country.

damn you! I was going to say that! I've always read it as "It is sweet and right to die for your country"

Mr Zephy
20-12-2006, 21:16
Ego mortissimus...

20-12-2006, 21:33
Motto of the US Army Corp of Engineers: "Constructimus, Battimus"

"We build, we fight"

21-12-2006, 03:10
I love the Israeli Armour Corps Motto:
Ha-Adam She-ba-Tank Yenatze'ah ("The Man In The Tank [is the one who] Shall Win")

and the Israeli Corps of Engineers:
Et ha-Kashe Naase Hayom, Et ha-Bilti Efshari Naase Machar ("The hard - we shall do today, the impossible - we shall do tomorrow")

21-12-2006, 03:18
Adeo Mori Servus Imperator Fictus. Ave Domine Noctis "Death to the servants/slaves of the False Emperor. Hail to the Lord of the Night."-Zho Sahaal, Night Lords Talonmaster. Lord of the Night

(in Lord of the Night the last part was written "Ave Dominus Nox" but the correct Latin phrase is "Domine Noctis")

Asi the Red
21-12-2006, 04:07
Hey ya'.

It's in my sig, but I'll post it anyways.
Qui custodiet ipsos Custodes?
Who watches the Watchers? or maybe Who guards the Guardians? not entirely sure.

I've always liked it and if I ever finish my Tau it's going to be the motto for my WitchHunters or Daemonhunters.

21-12-2006, 09:14
Cave Canem - Beware of the dog!

A motto for the Space Wolves?

21-12-2006, 10:07
Nobilitat Labor - Work humbles man

21-12-2006, 10:09
Tempus edax Rerum : Time is the Devourer


Angelus Mortis
21-12-2006, 11:09
Pungo suum oculus.

Poke 'em in the eye!

(The Emperor's Pointy Sticks pwn)

21-12-2006, 11:38
"Ave Dominus Nox!"


"All Hail the Lord of the Night!"

"Ave Imperator!"


"All Hail the Emperor!"

21-12-2006, 16:54
Romanes eunt domus

People called Romanes, they go, the house?

Angelus Mortis
21-12-2006, 17:19

Life of Bryan for the win!Yeah. All right, Stan. Don't labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!

The aqueduct?


The aqueduct.

Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true. Yeah.

And the sanitation.

Etc, etc...

Yeah. Life of Bryan pwns.

21-12-2006, 17:40
Step right up people and be amazed; see one of the biggest collections of "latin" (High Gothic) phrases ever to witness this topic!

Ut servo imperator est ut cultus imperator.
To serve the Emperor is to worship the Emperor.

Nunquam alieno, Nunquam Indulgeo.
Never forget, never forgive.

Servo imperator hodie, cras vos exsisto mortuus.
Serve the Emperor today, tomorrow you may be dead.

Cruor testis est sperma imperiosus.
The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Imperium.

Defaeco immunda.
Purge the unclean.

Fides vacuus res est nequam.
Faith without deeds is worthless.

Sapiens vir perceptum ex nex of alius.
The wise man learn from the deaths of others.

Prosperitas est donatus veneratio; Deficio mereo memor.
Success is commemorated; failure merely remembered.

Tantum inconcinnus scisco; tantum stultus scisco bis.
Only the awkward question; only the foolish ask twice.

Nex est vernula vox.
Death is the servant of the righteous.

Fides est vestri contego.
Faith is your shield.

Prosperitas est postulo in cruor; vestri vel vestri hostilis.
Success is measured in blood; yours or your enemy's.

Victoria postulo haud explicatus, evinco sino nullus.
Victory needs no explanation; defeat allows none.

Totus animus quirito pro salus.
All souls cry out for salvation.

Is est melior morior pro Imperator tunc vivo pro vestri.
It is better to die for the Emperor then to live for yourself.

My favorite:
Tantum non sanus vires satis fortuno, tantum qui prospicio verum sentio quis est sanus.
Only the insane have strength enough to prosper. Only those who prosper may truly judge what is sane.

Odium est Imperator maioribus donum ut clementia.
Hatred is the Emperor's greatest gift to humanity.

Misericordia est subcribo infirmitas.
Mercy is a sign of weakness.

Tantum nex officium terminus.
Only in death does duty end.

Venia est subcribo infirmitas.
Forgiveness is a sign of weakness.

Vomica iam nex inritus.
Curse now the death in vain.

And yes, they're all from Codex: Space Marines...

21-12-2006, 18:28
Dulce est decorum est, pro patria mori- It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for ones country.

You got that from Rome total war didn't you?

I had 'An unprepared soldier is a dead soldier' but the translator does not know the word 'unprepared'. Also, somebody should translate that Tupac quote, it's pretty good.

21-12-2006, 19:15
Ave Imperator. Nos Morituri te salutamus
(Hail Emeperor. We who are about to die salute you)

21-12-2006, 21:42
You got that from Rome total war didn't you?

I had 'An unprepared soldier is a dead soldier' but the translator does not know the word 'unprepared'. Also, somebody should translate that Tupac quote, it's pretty good.

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

-Wilfred Owen

21-12-2006, 21:49
"Mortui vivis praecipiant". (Let the dead teach the living).