Memento Mori


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Here’s a short list of Latin phrases that you’ll commonly find throughout 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

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