Here’s a short list of Latin phrases that you’ll commonly find throughout Mementom.com and other sites focused on the art of living and dying well.
I use them to explain concepts that are core to Stoic, ancient Roman thinking about being aware of death and living life to the full. I also find them easier to remember in their Latin versions as opposed to the English ones:
- Memento Mori – Remember you’ll die.
Under this sonorous title, from the Middle Ages onwards, philosophers and artists produced solemn invitations to reflect on mortality.
- Hodie mihi, cras tibi – “Today it’s me, tomorrow it’s you.”
- Memento Vivere – Remember to live
- Amor Fati – Love of fate
- Carpe Diem -Seize the day
- Fortitudine Vincimus – By endurance we conquer. This was the family motto of Ernest Shackleton