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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Language of Love - 1

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again..." no, but last night I dreamt of something which I will have to think about and write about.  I'm working on two older poems, one has a latin title which has caused me to look up some latin phrases, oh I need a coffee to continue with this, be right back...Okay below are some phrases I like:

Alis volat propiis - She flies with her own wings (state motto of Oregon)
Alma Mater - Nourishing mother. (One's old school or university)
Alter ipse amicus - A friend is another self
Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi - The deepest rivers flow with the least sound. (still waters run deep)
Amantes sunt amentes - Lovers are lunatics
Amantium irae amoris integratio est - The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. (Terence)
Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur - Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time
Amat victoria curam - Victory favors those who take pains
Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore - I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. (Cicero)
Amicule, deliciae, num is sum qui mentiar tibi? - Baby, sweetheart, would I lie to you?
Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur - A true friend is discerned during an uncertain matter
Amicus verus est rara avis - A true friend is a rare bird
Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur - We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. (Syrus)
Amor caecus est - Love is blind
Amor est vitae essentia - Love is the essence of life. (Robert B. Mackay)
Amor ordinem nescit - Love does not know order. (St. Jerome)
Amor patriae - Love of country
Amor platonicus - Platonic love
Amor tussisque non celantur - Love, and a cough, are not concealed. (Ovid)
Amor vincit omnia - Love conquers all. (Virgil)
Amoto quaeramus seria ludo - Joking aside, let us turn to serious matters. (Horace)
An nescis, mi fili, quantilla sapientia mundus regatur? - Don't you know then, my son, how little wisdom rules the world?

Now try saying these aloud to yourself and you will feel like you are in some medieval religious order but there is a gorgeous sound to this language.

Back to title, what is the language of love?  French they say:

I love you - Je t'aime
I love you too - Moi aussi, je t'aime
I adore you - Je t'adore
Will you marry me? Veux-tu m'épouser ?
to date - sortir avec
to fall in love (with) - tomber amoureux (de)
to get engaged  -se fiancer à (or avec)
to get married  -se marier avec

I think I prefer Latin.  And a link for anyone wanting some music, Robbie Williams, The Road to Mandalay:

"Hush, hush, hush, to speak is a sin..."


  1. What about the old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori. Horace/Owen.

  2. Ah Wilfred Owen, never read this before!