Can anyone help me to translate this into Latin: “love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life alone - we find it with another.”. Thank you It is an epitaph for my Dad, who was a Latin scholar.

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    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 6:44

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I suggest Caritas nobis est sors vera. Vitam non explicandam nisi cum altero petimus.

Roughly back-translated, 'Love for us is the true outcome. Life can't be explained except when we seek with another.'

  • Out of curiosity: why do you put "vitam...explicandam" in the accusative?
    – brianpck
    Commented Jan 31, 2019 at 13:40
  • Object of petimus. If you like, 'We seek a life not explainable except with a second person'.
    – Tom Cotton
    Commented Jan 31, 2019 at 14:02
  • Thank you so much, Tom. What do you think about the following: “fatum verus amor noster. non inveniet vitam ipsi significatione- invenimus eam in alium” or “amor est nostra sorte. non invenimus in vitae sensum per nos- invenimus eam cum alia.”
    – Janet F
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 2:23
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    @Janet F I am trying to think of a suitably delicate way to put it, but I had better be blunt and simply say that they are full of error — and rather long for an epitaph. One basic thing I will point out, though : that caritas is the better word for 'love' in this case, lacking as it does the sexual connotations that usually attach to amor — this on the authority of Cicero, no less, at de Part. Ora. 88.
    – Tom Cotton
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 10:21
  • thank you once again, tom. no need to be delicate; both of those came from google translators. i like your translation a lot. i just have one more query as my deadline is today. would you be kind enough to comment on this: Amor vera fortuna nostra est. Significationem vitae non solum invenimus. Invenimus eam cum alio"
    – Janet F
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 14:15

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