Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shakespeare: Dagger

Today's Shakespearean quote is from Macbeth:

Is this a dagger which I see before me?



Latin LOLCat: Enjoy!

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The use of "day" here also has the general sense of time, the moment: Enjoy the present moment. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Fruere die praesenti.

Enjoy the present day.


Poster: Empty



It is too late to spare when the bottom is bare.
(English proverb)

The source for the proverb is English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases by William Carew Hazlitt (GoogleBooks). The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image is by rikomatic Flickr.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Latin LOLCat: Letters

Here is today's Latin LOLCat. The Latin advice comes from Cato's Monostichs. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Litteras disce.

Learn your letters.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Poster: My Heart and the World


If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large?
(Armenian proverb)

The source for the proverb is Armenian Proverbs and Sayings by Kework Bayyan (1889).

The image is from Wikipedia.

The poster is made with AutoMotivator.

Latin LOLCat: Lofty

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The Latin word altus which you see here gives us the English word "altitude," for example More about the etymology here. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Alta pete.

Seek lofty things.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Latin LOLCat: What I Have Written

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The words are spoken by Pontius Pilate in the Gospel of John. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Quod scripsi, scripsi.

What I have written, I have written.


Poster: Quill or Claw



A goose-quill is more dangerous than a lion's claw.
(English proverb)


The source for the proverb is English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases by William Carew Hazlitt (Google Books). The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image is by acroamatic at Flickr.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Poster: Waste Not

This is one of my favorite proverbs! Note the old-fashioned use of "want" to mean "lack," i.e. if you don't waste things, you will not lack things; you will have everything you need!


Waste not, want not.
(English proverb)

The source for the proverb is David Crystal's book, As They Say in Zanzibar: Proverbial Wisdom from Around the World (Oxford University Press: 2006). The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image is at Wikipedia.

Latin LOLCat: Home

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: You can read more about the ancient advice to stay home in this blog post at Laudator Temporis Acti. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Domi manendum.

We should stay home.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Latin LOLCat: More Boldly

Here is today's Latin LOLCat: The Latin words are from Vergil's Aeneid. Captain James Kirk may have gone forth boldly, but this kitteh is going for more boldly! The Latin comparative forms are often used like this to express intensity, i.e. "I will go forth very boldly indeed." If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog.

Audentior ibo.

I will go forth more boldly.


Poster: Flowers



April showers bring summer flowers.
(English proverb)


The source for this rhyming proverb is English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases by William Carew Hazlitt (Google Books). The poster is made with AutoMotivator. The image is by Derek K. Miller at Flickr.