Top 10 Coolest Latin Phrases and Sayings

The title is self-explanatory. Though Latin may be a language rarely spoken in the modern world despite its influence in the past; it also has several cool phrases to learn just to show off how erudite you are to your friends. Since I've been pretty inactive in this site lately, I might as well post a list before fading into possible inactivity.

The Top Ten

1 Sic semper tyrannis - Thus always to tyrants

The words the Roman assassins uttered when they were murdering Caesar. Probably the last thing Abe Lincoln heard before getting shot by Booth as well. - Bolshoy_Brat

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2 Non ducor, duco - I am not led, I lead

The state motto of San Paulo, Brazil. Really asserts your alpha male dominance, isn't it? - Bolshoy_Brat

3 Veni, vidi, vici - I came, I saw, I conquered

A popular Latin phrase associated with Caesar after a quick victory against the rivaling Pontus state. - Bolshoy_Brat

4 In hoc signo vinces - In this sign you will conquer

Famously uttered by Constantine I while marching with his men when he saw a bright light shaped in a cross. - Bolshoy_Brat

5 Semper fidelis - Always faithful

The motto of the United States Marine Corps and the motto bears a lot of truth regarding those fearless men. - Bolshoy_Brat

6 E pluribus unum - Out of many, one

It is the motto of the United States which really symbolize the many states and differing culture that forms the American melting pot. - Bolshoy_Brat

7 Oderint dum metuant - Let them hate so long as they fear.

I could only imagine a stereotypical abusive white cop saying this to a typical BLM activist for some reason. - Bolshoy_Brat

8 Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo - If I can not bend the will of Heaven, I shall move Hell


9 Carthago delenda est - Carthage must be destroyed

Although the original meaning of the phrase as a rallying cry for Ancient Roman against Hannibal's forces had since then been obsolete, it is still used as a term to describe your zeal in furthering a cause. - Bolshoy_Brat

10 Carpe diem - Seize the day

One of my teachers in high school taught the class this phrase

The Contenders

11 Deus Vult - God Wills It
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