A while back I was trying to come up with a good latin proverb for a tattoo I've been wanting to get. Anyhoo tattoos cost money so I've yet to get it permanently affixed to my epidermis, but during my search I found some that were funny, clever, lame, or interesting. Here are some of them, also, please note that my latin knowledge, particularly in proper declension and conjugation, is not very good, so please check with somebody that knows what they're doing before you take one of these phrases and make it permanent, unless you're a Barffalo Sabres fan, in that case do what you please. Any comments of my own appear in Eyetallix
auribus teneo lupum "I hold a wolf by the ears" To which I say: let go, I dare you
cave laborem "beware of work" My parents would probably say this one fits me perfectly
circulus vitiosus "vicious circle" This would be a sweet tattoo if it looped around onto itself
concordia cum veritate "in harmony with truth"
disce quasi semper victurus vive quasi cras moriturus "Learn as if always going to live; live as if tomorrow going to die." Sounds kind of like that James Dean quote, either way it's bad advice. If I lived today like it was my last I'd probably end up being indicted tomorrow.
dulcius ex asperis "through difficulty, sweetness" Reminds me of that kickass Jimmy Eat World song, I'm not so sure about the translation though, sweetness? rly?
esse est percipi "to be is to be perceived"
esse quam videri "to be, rather than to seem"
festina lente "hurry slowly" thanks Ferris
historia vitae magistra "history, the teacher of life" Being a history major I naturally considered this little ditty, then I also considered the prospects of me ever being seen as cool or edgy ever again, and I changed mind.
In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro "Everywhere I have searched for peace and nowhere found it, except in a corner with a book" for you reader-types :)
in vino veritas "in wine [there is] truth" Amen, brother
iter faciamus "Road trip!" I wrote this one down because of its utter randomness, I'm skeptical of the translation.
leges humanae nascuntur, vivunt, et moriuntur "laws of man are born, live and die" never stop stickin' it to the man
liberate me ex infernis "free me from hell" An ex of mine had this marked on her* I should have taken the hint... or learned latin sooner
luctor et emergo "I struggle and emerge" ...from the mosh pit
magna est vis consuetudinis "great is the power of habit" Word
memento mori "remember that [you will] die"
memento vivere "a reminder of life"
memores acti prudentes futuri "mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be" Yoda???
multum in parvo "much in little"
ne cede malis "do not give in to misfortune"
nemo nisi per amicitiam cognoscitur "No one learns except by friendship"
nemo saltat sobrius "Nobody dances sober" Correction: *I* never dance sober
Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit "Nobody dances sober, unless he is completely insane."
non facias malum ut inde fiat bonum "you should not make evil in order that good may be made from it"
non impediti ratione congitatonis "unencumbered by the thought process" That's how I roll
nunc est bibendum "now is the time to drink" I like the way this guy thinks
ordo ab chao "Out of chaos, comes order"
chao ab ordo "Out of order, comes chaos" Didja see what I did thar?
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes "If you can read this, you have too much education." Another one of my favorites