How can I translate "for those I love I will sacrifice" to Latin? I got several different answers from different sources:

  • prō meīs nihil nōn patiar
  • prō dīlēctīs nihil nōn patiar
  • Iillis quos amo deserviam

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Here are what those sentences literally mean:

prō meīs nihil nōn patiar

"For the sake of mine and my own, there's nothing I won't endure."

prō dīlēctīs nihil nōn patiar

"For the sake of the beloved ones [i.e. the ones I love], there's nothing I won't endure"

Iillis quos amo deserviam

"I will be utterly devoted to the people whom I love."

Out of the three, I like the first one best. It's elegantly-put and has a very nice rhythm to it; I certainly couldn't do better than that myself.

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    I think the verb here is not servare but servire, "to serve" or "to be slave". The one to be served is often put in dative. A more devoted variant of the verb is deservire. Therefore the third suggestion is closer to "I will serve with devotion the ones I love" and is grammatical apart from the extraneous i in the first word.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Jun 7, 2019 at 18:54
  • @JoonasIlmavirta Good call—do you want to write that in as an answer? Otherwise I'll edit mine.
    – Draconis
    Commented Jun 7, 2019 at 20:26
  • Go ahead and put it in! If I come up with a nice idea for the phrasing of the whole sentence I might write a new answer, but that shouldn't keep you from improving yours.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Jun 7, 2019 at 20:47

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