To Latin-reading members:
“Friends, Romans, Orchidians, lend me your ears…er, eyes…”
I could use the help of those members who can read/write Latin.
I had just about exhausted my resources for this idea, when it
occurred to me, where else could I find a collection of such
well-read, multiply-talented, and philosophically inclined
individuals as on Orchid?
I am making an etched metal project for which I want to incorporate
some text in Latin. My smattering of Latin is inadequate for the
The piece deals with time, specifically lost time. It is a type of
water-clock and also incorporates (as a smaller, decorative element)
a sundial. Latin mottoes have long been used on sundials, but I
don’t want to use just “Tempus fugit”. I want about 10-12 Latin
expressions, all pertaining to lost time, fleeting time,
insufficient time, wasted time, etc., which will be etched in
various places on the piece. Ideally, these should be phrases that
are not too esoteric in language, so that the non-Latin reader
should be able to figure out the sense.
I did a Google search for sundial mottoes, and found some in English
which I would like to have in Latin:
“Yesterday returneth not, mayhap tomorrow cometh not, there is
today, misuse it not” ; and “You cannot kill time without injuring
eternity”. “Behold, and be gone about your business”.
And I found these in Latin, for which I want to be sure I understand
the meaning fully before I consider using them:
“Cum tempus non existent tunc morior”. “Cursum peregi”. “Cito pede
labitur aetas”. “Dum spectas fugio”
I found a terrific site that gave me many mottoes organized into
themes: but unfortunately, the Latin was translated into French. My
high school French only goes so far. I don’t want to clog up Orchid
with all those. So if anyone is up to translating the above, or
feels like tackling the longer (but really interesting!)
Latin-French list, please e-mail me off list. I would very much
appreciate the help.