I'm looking to translate a sentence, and need conjugation help.

The motto would be "through all things/trials/struggles, (loving) kindness."

So far I have:

Per conatio omina, bonitatis...

Is this translation fine so far? How do I finish the sentence?

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    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Jul 12, 2017 at 17:08

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If you don't mind using Christian vocabulary, your quote is an almost exact translation of St Augustine's famous saying:

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.

This is:

In necessary things, unity. In uncertain things, liberty. In all things, charity.

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    Can you explain how well caritas corresponds to (loving) kindness? I think it's a good fit, but elaborating on it might be useful for the OP.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Jul 12, 2017 at 18:24
  • @JoonasIlmavirta charity is definitely associated with Agape: "love; the highest form of love, charity" LSJ: perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…, Middle Liddell: perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
    – DukeZhou
    Jul 12, 2017 at 22:25
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    @JoonasIlmavirta It's such a good fit the Church frequently translates caritas as 'lovingkindness' rather than charity when creating English texts. It would be hard to do better. Jul 13, 2017 at 1:39
  • @brianpck I see what you mean by invoking Augustine : as a whole, it captures the intention nicely and, in spite of the several meanings which can be given to caritas according to context, I certainly wouldn't argue against that. But do you suggest using only the three emphasised words? That would surely be to ignore the questioner's 'trials/struggles' — or am I mistaken?
    – Tom Cotton
    Jul 13, 2017 at 14:50

Your first effort indicates that you are starting without much knowledge of Latin so, rather than explain what's not right about it, can I make a couple of suggestions?

For a motto, a verb can often (as you have done here) be omitted. You might like :

rebus in arduis benignitas, kindliness when things are difficult ;

— alternatively, per rebus adversis cum benignitate, with kindliness through adversity.

There are many other possibilities. Perhaps you could make the context a little fuller?

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