Latin Quotes and Latin Phrases - C


Cacoethes scribendi - An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)
Cadit quaestio
- The question drops
Caeca invidia est
- Envy is blind. (Livy)
Caeci caecos ducentes
- Blind are led by the blind. Leaders are not more knowledgeable than the ones they lead
Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei
- The heavens declare the glory of God
Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt
- They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea. (Horace)
Caelum videre iussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus
- He bid them look at the sky and lift their faces to the stars. (Ovid)
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris
- If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar
Camera obscvra
- Hidden room - an early photographic or painting technique utilizing optical pinholes
Canis meus id comedit
- My dog ate it
Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet
- A timid dog barks more violently than it bites. (Curtius Rufus)
Capillamentum? Haudquaquam conieci esse!
- A wig? I never would have guessed!
Caro putridas es!
- You're dead meat
Carpe Cerevisi
- Seize the beer!
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
- Seize the day, trust as little as possible in tomorrow. (Horace)
Carpe diem
- Seize the day. (opportunity) (Horace)
Casus belli
- An act used to justify war
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
- I have a catapult. Give me all your money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head
Casus belli
- Event (that is the justification for, or the cause) of war
Causarum justia et misericordia
- For the causes of justice and mercy
Causa mortis
- Death Cause
Cave ab homine unius libri
- Beware of anyone who has just one book. (Latin Epigram)
Cave canem, te necet lingendo
- Beware of the dog, he may lick you to death
Cave canem
- Beware of the dog
Cave cibum, valde malus est
- Beware the food, it is very bad
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules
- If I were you, I wouldn't walk in front of any catapults
Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui
- Beware what you say, when, and to whom
- Beware!
Caveat emptor
- Let the buyer beware. (He buys at his own risk)
Caveat venditor
- Let the seller beware
- Let him/her beware
Cedant arma togae
- Let arms yield to the toga. (Let violence give place to law)
Cedo maiori
- I yield to a greater person
Certamen bikini-suicidus-disci mox coepit?
- Does the Bikini-Suicide-Frisbee match start soon?
Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse
- You know, Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore
Certum est, quia impossibile
- It is certain, because it is impossible. (Tertullianus)
Cetera desunt
- The rest is missing
Ceteris paribus
- All else being equal
Christus rex
- Christ the King
Cineri gloria sera venit
- Fame comes too late to the dead
Circa (c.)
- Approximately
Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis
- I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
Clara pacta, boni amici
- Clear agreements, good friends
Codex Juris Canonici
- Book of canon law
Cogita ante salis
- Think before you leap, or look before you leap
Cogitationis poenam nemo patitur
- Nobody should be punished for his thoughts
Cogito ergo doleo
- I think therefore I am depressed
Cogito sumere potum alterum
- I think I'll have another drink
Cogito, ergo sum
- I think, therefore I am. (Reni Descartes)
Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debet
- No person ought to have advantage from his own wrong
Commune bonum
- The common good
Commune periculum concordiam parit
- Common danger brings forth harmony
Communi consilio
- By common consent
Compos mentis
- Of sound mind (and judgement)
Concordia discors
- Discordant harmony
Concordia res parvae crescent
- Work together to accomplish more
Conditio sine qua non
- Condition without which not, or an essential condition or requirement
Confer (cf.)
- Compare
- I confess
Congregatio de Propaganda Fide
- Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith
Coniecturalem artem esse medicinam
- Medicine is the art of guessing. (Aulus Cornelius Celsus)
Coniunctis viribus
- With united powers
Conlige suspectos semper habitos
- Round up the usual suspects
Consensu omnium
- By the agreement of all
Consensus audacium
- An agreement of rash men. (a conspiracy) (Cicero)
Consuetudinis magna vis est
- The force of habit is great. (Cicero)
Consule planco
- In the consulship of Plancus (In the good old days) (Horace)
Consummatum est
- It is completed (Christ's last words, John 19:30)
Contra felicem vix deus vires habet
- Against a lucky man a god scarcely has power
Contra mundum
- Against the world
Contraria contrariis curantur
- The opposite is cured with the opposite. (Hippocrates)
Coram populo
- In the presence of the people. (Horace)
Cornix cornici oculos non effodiet
- A crow doesn't rip out the eyes of another crow
- Horn of plenty
Corpus christi
- The body of Christ
Corpus delicti
- The body of a crime. (The substance or fundamental facts of a crime)
Corpus Juris Canonici
- The body of canon law
Corpus Juris Civilis
- The body of civil law
Corpus vile
- Worthless body
- A list of things to be corrected. (in a book)
Corripe Cervisiam
- Seize the beer!
Corruptio optimi pessima
- Corruption of the best is worst
Coruscantes disci per convexa caeli volantes
- Flying saucers
Cotidiana vilescunt
- Familiarity breeds contempt
Cotidie damnatur qui semper timet
- The man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)
Crapulam terriblem habeo
- I have a terrible hangover
Cras amet qui nunquam amavit; Quique amavit, cras amet
- May he love tomorrow who has never loved before
Credidi me felem vidisse!
- I tought I taw a puddy tat!
Credite amori vera dicenti
- Believe love speaking the truth. (St. Jerome)
Credo elvem etiam vivere
- I believe Elvis lives
Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse
- I think we're on the same wavelength
Credo quia absurdum
- I believe it because it is absurd. (contrary to reason) (Tertullian)
Credo ut intelligam
- I believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)
Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit
- Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)
Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crevit
- The love of wealth grows as the wealth itself grew. (Juvenalis)
Crescite et multiplicamini
- Increase and multiply
Crimen falsi
- Perjury
Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem
- It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)
- Puzzle
Cui bono?
- For whose benefit is it? (a maxim sometimes used in the detection of crime) (Cicero)
Cui dono lepidum novum libellum?
- To whom do I give my new elegant little book? (Catullus)
Cui malo?
- Who suffers a detriment?
Cui peccare licet peccat minus
- One who is allowed to sin, sins less. (Ovid)
Cuius regio, eius religio
- He who rules, his religion
Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare
- Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one
Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia
- Patience is the cure for all suffer
- A sin
Culpam poena premit comes
- Punishment closely follows crime as its companion. (Horace)
Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt
- When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults
Cum grano salis
- With a grain of salt. (Pliny the Elder?)
Cum homine de cane debeo congredi
- Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog
Cum laude magnum
- With great success
Cum laude
- With praise
Cum tacent, clamant
- When they remain silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)
- With
Cur etiam hic es
- Why are you still here?
Cura nihil aliud nisi ut valeas
- Pay attention to nothing except that you do well. (Cicero)
Cura posterior
- A later concern
Cura ut valeas
- Take care
Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent
- Slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless. (minor losses can be talked away, profound ones strike us dumb)
Curriculum vitae
- The course of one's life
Cursum perficio
- My journey is over, or I finish my journey
Custos morum
- Guardian of morals

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