I hope someone who speaks Russian could help me in translating a phrase "Лови момент. Цени мгновение." into Latin. I'm afraid the original meaning could be lost or transformed if I translate it to English, first. But I guess in English the phrase would sound like "Catch the moment. Appreciate the instant"

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There is a well-known Latin equivalent in fairly common use : carpe diem (literally, 'seize the day), taken from Horace, Odes 1.11. The full phrase is carpe diem quam minimum credula postero, implying that you should take nothing on trust for tomorrow.

Although it's not a literal translation of the Russian, it catches the sentiment exactly.

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    It seems to me that the Russian quotation is actually a paraphrase of Horace. Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 13:21
  • carpo is etymologically “to pick, to cut off”. It is cognate with – among other things – the “harv-“ part of English “harvest”. I wonder whether “harvest the day” might not work very well in English.
    – fdb
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 15:12
  • @fdb 'Harvest the day', as you say, might work, but I've never seen it and wouldn't use it myself.
    – Tom Cotton
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 17:39
  • @fdb: In Dutch, the phrase is commonly rendered as "pluk de dag". Outside this phrase, using "pluk" with a day is probably as unusual as it is in English: its most typical use is with fruit. So perhaps "pluck the day" might work to a similar extent. I believe I have seen this translation used in English as well.
    – Cerberus
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 0:04
  • I believe we’ve already had a discussion on its equivalence latin.stackexchange.com/questions/4938/…
    – Alex B.
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 13:20

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