Hic Sunt Drakons

My first editor thought I was overly fond of Latin phrases and she was probably right. I trimmed some of them from Dark Light of Day but, since I include about ten in each book, there are now almost forty! Some readers seem to enjoy them, so here they all are, listed alphabetically.


A posse ad esse corpus agito. I drive to constant motion the body from being able to being.

Abundans cautio non nocet. Abundant caution does no harm (a.k.a. the closest Karanos ever came to saying, “be careful.”)

Ad astra. To the stars.

Aduro velum! Burn the veil!

Aut amat aut odit mulier. A woman either loves or hates.

Aut laborare aut pugnare parata sum. To work or fight; I am ready.

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam. I would either find a way or I would make one.

Caelum est aeternum. Heaven is eternal.

Caelum semper mutans. The sky is always changing.

Cavete! Angeli ad portas! Beware! Angels at the gates!

Culpa est mea, mi amice. The fault is mine, my friend.

Extremum vitae spiritum edere. Give up the ghost.

Faber est suae quaeque fortunae. Every woman is the artisan of her own fortune.

Fortes fortuna adiuvat. Fortune favors the bold.

Gaudeamus igitur iuvenes dum sumus. Let us rejoice while we’re young.

Grimasca venit . . .  Grimasca’s coming . . . Et te vorabit . . . and he will eat you . . .

Ignorantia legis neminem non excusat. Ignorance of the law excuses no one.

Libera me ex hac purgatorio. Deliver me from this purgatory.

Lucem in tenebras ferimus. Into the darkness, we bring light.

Memento mori. Remember that you will die.

Nil desperandum, crede Joshua! Don’t despair, trust in Joshua!

Non procul a proprio stipite poma cadunt. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Nullum funus sine fidula. No funeral without a fiddle.

Praeceptum primum, praeceptum solum. The first rule, the only rule.

Quandoque bonus dormitat discipulus. Even the good student sleeps (or, more loosely translated, win some, lose some).

Quod me nutrit, me destruit. That which nourishes me, destroys me.

Requisita ante desideria. Needs before wants.

Si fortuna et angeli tui tecum sunt, nemo tibi obstare potest. If luck and your Angels are with you, no one can be against you.

Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war.

Sollicitudo, solitudo. Worrying about tomorrow is a waste of today.

Suffoca ignem. Smother the fire.

Sunt facta verbis difficiliora. Easier said than done.

Tauri merdam. (This was never translated. My copy editor suggested it, but I thought it worked better without.)

Tempus edax rerum. Time devours all things. Etiam eorum qui vivificarentur per magicas perennis. Even those kept alive through perennial magic.

Venti secundi. Fair winds, few demons.

Virtute non armis fido. Courage over weapons; cats over sanity.

Vitibus uvae dulces veniunt a fortibus. From strong vines come sweet grapes.

Volo tecum vivere, volo autem tecum mori. I want to live with you, but I am willing to die with you.

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