Disce aut discede
Motto at Educational Institutions
The Royal College, Colombo in Sri Lanka also uses the same motto. The exact author or date the motto was adapted by the Royal is unknown. The first mention of the motto was during the tenure of Principal Todd (1871-1878) who constantly reminded the dullards that they must learn or go. Since then the motto is associated with the school's high educational standard.
It is also the motto of Gosfield Independent School in Essex, England, and the variation "Aut Disce, Aut Discede" ("Either Learn or Leave") is the motto of Hutton Grammar School in Preston, Lancashire. It was also for many years the motto of Middlesbrough High School.
An old painting at Winchester College contains an expanded version in the form of a hexameter: "Aut disce, aut discede; manet sors tertia, caedi" ("Either learn or leave: there remains a third fate, being beaten", or more vulgarly "learn, leave or be licked".) "Aut disce" is surmounted by a bishop's mitre; "aut discede" by a sword and an inkpot, to denote secular professions; the last part of the verse by a rod.
Motto in Fiction
"Aut disce aut discede" appears as the motto of the fictitious Roosevelt High School, which April O'Neal attends in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 TV series.
"Disce aut discede" is what the teacher says his pupil in The Man Without a Face, US 1993