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I'm trying to translate or verify a quote from Terry Pratchett: “Ab Hoc Possum Videre Domum Tuum - I Can See Your House From Here”

The What and a bit of Why, in short: I'm trying to translate the phrase "I can see your house from (up) here" to use it as a motto for a "Lodge"/"Order" I'm a member of, ...
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Translation of US Army motto “This We'll Defend”

I am looking for a good translation of the US army motto, which is: This We'll Defend There are three variants of translation I have found: 1 Haec protegimus 2 Is nos mos vallo 3 Hoc defendam ...
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How to translate a variant of 'Per aspera ad astra'

How would you translate 'through the will of man to the stars' or 'through the indomitable human spirit to the stars'(more accurately, the latter)? Of course, I'm not looking for a literal translation,...
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Is “Nihil Labore Difficile” good grammar?

The slogan adopted by my old school had adopted was the Latin phrase nihil labore difficile. They claimed that it meant that "nothing is difficult with hard work". However, is this slogan ...
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Creating a Latin motto

I want to craft a Latin motto for a literary work. This motto would mean "I seek peace, I make war by duty". I thought about this: "Pacem adfecto, officiosus bellum gero". I have ...
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Space Force Motto: Semper supera or semper supra?

This came up recently and as far as I understand it, supera is correct, not supra. Partly because supera has the dual meaning of above (preposition) and space, or celestial (neutral noun). Supra on ...
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What is the latin phrase for knowing a mistake and doing it anyway

I am trying to remember a Latin quote that says something like I know I am wrong but I do it anyway. I remember reading it in a book. It's not much to go on, but if someone knows it, it will be nice ...
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How do I say, “In pursuit of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness”?

I know "Truth, Beauty, Goodness" is "Veritas, Bonitas, Pulcritudo." But do I need an "et" before "Pulcritudo"? When do you use and's in Latin? And how would ...
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Latin Translation for “Death to the enemies of mankind”

I'd like to translate "Death to the enemies of mankind" into Latin. How can I do that? If there are multiple ways of saying it, I would like it structured as close to a motto as possible, since that's ...
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Modification of my Scottish Clan Motto (luceo non uro)

I am in the process of planning out a tattoo, and I want to get my family's clan motto. The Mackenzie Clan motto is Luceo Non Uro Which as I understand translates to "shine not burn." That said, ...
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Motto — All Debts Will be Paid

Looking for use of this in a motto, like below a family coat of arms. No matter what, we will pay our debts to those we owe. Thanks!
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Translate into Latin: “To will the impossible” and “with will and sacrifice”

Hello and thank you in advance. Two phrases I am interested being in Latin: "To will the impossible" and "With will and sacrifice" First one being similar to "If there is a will, there's a way." ...
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“Thus is the Way of God”

In order to write "Thus is the Way of God" in Latin I have penned, SIC DEUS ITER Is it grammatically correct?
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Would this make sense?

So soon I'm getting a tattoo to say live without regret. I've pottered around on the internet a bit and found Sine Paenitentia Vive / Vive sine Paenitentia for this. I assume this is correct. I also ...
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Translation for “Mortal willpower” (Tattoo idea!)

Or anything to a similar effect! I was also considering something along the lines of Strength beyond Gods or Willpower beyond Gods/Willpower that transcends the gods But, the original title phrase ...
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Latin for “vexatious Litigant”

My days of decent knowledge of Latin are a little in the past since I passed my Latinum, and I am trying to get a good translation for what modern US courst call "vexatious litigant" into Latin for a ...
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Only By Giving in Latin

How do I write "Only by Giving" in Latin, trying to nurture a 'Spirit of Giving', for example, "Only by Giving can we fulfill the purpose of life." What would be the best option? Would it be, SOLUM ...
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Fake family motto from English to Latin

Apologies, but could anyone translate the following to Latin, in the style of a family motto? "God loves those whom the fiend pursues" I tried Google translate, but, judging by the reverse ...
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Translating “win against all odds”

Does the phrase "non obstante omnes, vinco" have a coherent meaning? I wanted it to mean something like "in spite it all (or) against all odds, win/conquer!". I want to get this phrase engraved in ...
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How would I translate “Lead the way” or “Pathfinder”, “Leadership”

This is for a tattoo, so I want the meaning to be accurate. My friend who passed was an Aiborne Ranger and they had the motto of "Lead the Way" as they were the first into battle. It will be next to "...
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“Contra felicem vix deus vires habet” - Need advice on replacing the word “Felicem”

For context, this is for a tattoo I'd like to get but I want to make sure it's syntactically correct as best as possible. I think the phrase is a great one, however I would very much prefer it to be ...
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Origin of Auspicium Melioris Aevi

Auspicium Melioris Aevi, commonly translated to “Augur/Omen/Hope of a Better Age” serves as the motto of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. Does it have any ancient origin? Or is it's ...
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Translation of “Love makes it grow” in Latin for my tattoo

Thank you very much for all your replies. However the answers do not exactly match the meaning. "Love makes [anything] grow." — This anything can be anything — a person, work, condition, ...
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“No virtue in being a humankind” into Latin

For a cartoon project about a veterinary office, I need to translate below phrase into Latin. The shorter, better as it’s going to be the slogan/motto. "No virtue in being a humankind." It literally ...
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“If you can breath, you can stand. If you can stand, you can fight.”

I'm trying to help my sister. She heard this phrase that she like to have tattooed but she wanted it to be in Latin. Now I haven't been practicing for a few years so I could use with some help. The ...
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Latin words over this door?

We took our son to college and this was written over one of the doors on campus. I cannot figure out what it means! Can anyone here help? I assume it is Latin, but...
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Request for a Latin phrase as motto “God is highest/supreme”

I'm looking for someone that can help me produce a correct, coherent Latin phrase for a school project to be used as a motto, similar to the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis, etc. I would like the ...
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“We are triumphant while our enemy sleeps” in Latin

Salvete! How would one say, “We are triumphant while our enemy sleeps.”? Gratias vobis ago!
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“Per aspera ad astra” or “Ad astra per aspera”?

The title sums it up, but I think this could be a tricky question. I first stumbled upon this expression through a song by the German band Haggard, called "Per Aspera ad Astra" (from an album inspired ...
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“Luck is for the unprepared”

"Luck is for the unprepared" is my personal motto. I have tried to translate it but I'm not confident that it has not been translated as "Luck is a gift to the unprepared", whereas I am looking for a ...
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“Never/do not forget, always remember” in Latin

I've looked around some forums and the translation I've got so far is: Ne Obliviscaris, Semper Commemoras I'm still not sure if this is correct. The context of the phrase that I wish to get the ...
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Translate “Strong by Choice”?

I would like to translate "Strong by Choice" to Latin as a motto for a charity. We have tried per arbitrium fortis but want to know if this can be improved.
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What does “enim et” mean?

A couple days ago, a friend sent me an excerpt from a new game, asking about a Latin phrase in it: Contra Diabolus enim et alii Daemones (In the game, this is the motto of a group of Catholic ...
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How to correctly translate phrase “knowledge builds upon knowledge”?

I would like to translate "knowledge builds upon knowledge" into Latin. Google Translate is obviously not good as it gives very different words depending on the structure of the English version, so I ...
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Translate “Quiet your mind”

I want a proper translation for the English sentence: "Quiet your mind" and also "Quiet yourself" I mean this in the sense of calming your mind and yourself. I want this to be translated as a ...
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Trying to translate 'Blood promises glory'

I'm trying to translate 'blood promises glory' into Latin. Google translate provided me with Sanguinis Promissa Gloria and I like it, sounds good, but I really want to run it past someone who actually ...
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Phrasing “I am enough” in Latin

Can someone help me distinguish between "ego satis" vs "sum satis" vs "Ego satis superque sum"? I want to say "I am enough" as in "good enough as a person".
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What does “Pulchre vive, vehementer somina, ardenter ama” mean?

I am getting a Latin tattoo so want to ensure that the Latin phrase is accurate before I get it inked! The Latin phrase is: Pulchre vive, vehementer somina, ardenter ama. Apparently, this means "...
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Translation of ‘I am, therefore I thank’

Please could you help me to create a Latin motto which means ‘I am, therefore I thank.’ I’ve thought of sum ergo laudo, but perhaps laudo is closer to ‘I praise’. I’m looking for a word with a nuance ...
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Translation of “It's not my job, I'm not paid to do that.”

I want to translate: "It's not my job, I'm not paid to do that." From English into Latin. (I work somewhere where I hear the phrase every day and I'm going to have a mug printed.) Automatic ...
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“Semper” in the beginning of a sentence

This is my first attempt at a translation for a motto. My intent is to convey "Always be good" as an advice. I think it is "Semper bonus esto". A quick digression on the motto I'm ...
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How to translate “from nothing to existence” preferably keeping ambiguity

What's a possible Latin motto meaning roughly "from nothing to existence/reality/something"? I'd like it to be ambiguous if possible, preferably implying "(something) comes into being from nothing" ...
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“Over promise under perform” motto

As this is the time when we're all coming up with wacky mottos, I thought I'd try my hand at our department's private motto. Having run a few variants through Google Translate, and coming out with a ...
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Translating 'creative by nature' / 'naturally creative' into latin

I would like to know the meaning of 'creative by nature' or 'naturally creative' in latin. According to google translater it is 'natura partum', but when translated back into english it means ...
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Translating “Father knows beer best” into Latin

I'm making a label for my dad's homebrew as a Christmas gift and I'd love to include "Father knows beer best" in Latin as the motto of his company. Could anybody help translate that for me?
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Translation check: propter scientiae amorem

The good people over at latindiscussion have been helping me with a project I'm working on. Now that I'm nearly finished, I would like to double check the results. Take the motto: "propter scientiae ...
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Translating “If the minimum wasn't good enough, it wouldn't be the minimum” into Latin

Can anyone translate for me: "If the minimum wasn't good enough, it wouldn't be the minimum" I had a tutor help me ages ago and thought what she decided was the best translation seemed like it ...
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Translating “order of protection and conservation”

An author friend recently asked me for help with a Latin name: in his book, a group calls itself the "order of protection and conservation", but in Latin to be pretentious (altum videtur…). My ...
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“Every Branch Shares The Same Root” - having trouble translating “Shares”

I'm having trouble translating "every Branch Shares The Same Root" into Latin for a school emblem. so far I have "OMNE GENERE CONSOCIARE QUOD IDEM RADIX" also this is a bit long for a school emblem ...
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How do you translate this sentence (I thought I knew something, then I realised I knew nothing) to Latin?

I want to translate "I thought I knew something, then I realised I knew nothing" into Latin. The result I got from Google translate is this "Quod cogitavi cognovi: tunc animadvertebam nihil scirem." I ...