List of Latin phrases (F)

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This page lists English translations of notable Latin phrases, such as veni vidi vici and et cetera. Some of the phrases are themselves translations of Greek phrases, as Greek rhetoric and literature reached its peak centuries before the rise of ancient Rome.

This list covers the letter F. See List of Latin phrases for the main list.


Latin Translation Notes
faber est suae quisque fortunae every man is the artisan of his own fortune Appius Claudius Caecus; motto of Fort Street High School in Petersham, Sydney, Australia
fac et spera do and hope motto of Clan Matheson
fac fortia et patere do brave deeds and endure motto of Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, Australia
fac simile make a similar thing origin of the word facsimile, and, through it, of fax
faciam eos in gentem unum I will make them into one nation appeared on British coinage following the Union of the Crowns
faciam quodlibet quod necesse est I'll do whatever it takes
faciam ut mei memineris I'll make you remember me from Plautus, Persa IV.3–24; used by Russian hooligans as tattoo inscription
facile princeps easily the first said of the acknowledged leader in some field, especially in the arts and humanities
facilius est multa facere quam diu It is easier to do many things, than one thing consecutively Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria 1/12:7
facio liberos ex liberis libris libraque "I make free adults out of children by means of books and a balance." motto of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
facta, non verba deeds, not words Frequently used as motto
factum fieri infectum non potest It is impossible for a deed to be undone Terence, Phormio 5/8:45
falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus false in one, false in all A Roman legal principle indicating that a witness who willfully falsifies one matter is not credible on any matter. The underlying motive for attorneys to impeach opposing witnesses in court: the principle discredits the rest of their testimony if it is without corroboration.
familia supra omnia family over everything frequently used as a family motto
fas est et ab hoste doceri It is lawful to be taught even by an enemy Ovid, Metamorphoses 4:428
feci quod potui, faciant meliora potentes I have done what I could; let those who can do better. Slight variant ("quod potui feci") found in James Boswell's An Account of Corsica, there described as "a simple beautiful inscription on the front of Palazzo Tolomei at Siena".[1] Later, found in Henry Baerlein's introduction to his translation of The Diwan of Abul ʿAla by Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri (973–1057);[2] also in Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, act 1. Also in Alfonso Moreno Espinosa, Compendio de Historia Universal, 5. ed. (Cádiz 1888).
NN fecit NN made (this) a formula used traditionally in the author's signature by painters, sculptors, artisans, scribes etc.; compare pinxit
fecisti patriam diversis de gentibus unam "From differing peoples you have made one native land" Verse 63 from the poem De reditu suo by Rutilius Claudius Namatianus praising emperor Augustus.[3]
felicior Augusto, melior Traiano "be more fortunate than Augustus and better than Trajan" ritual acclamation delivered to late Roman emperors
Felicitas, Integritas Et Sapientia Happiness, Integrity and Knowledge The motto of Oakland Colegio Campestre school through which Colombia participates of NASA Educational Programs
felix culpa fortunate fault from the "Exsultet" of the Catholic liturgy for the Easter Vigil
felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas happy is he who can ascertain the causes of things Virgil. "Rerum cognoscere causas" is the motto of the London School of Economics, University of Sheffield, and University of Guelph.
felo de se felon from himself archaic legal term for one who commits suicide, referring to early English common law punishments, such as land seizure, inflicted on those who killed themselves
fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt men generally believe what they want to People's beliefs are shaped largely by their desires. Julius Caesar, The Gallic War 3.18
festina lente hurry slowly An oxymoronic motto of Augustus. It encourages proceeding quickly, but calmly and cautiously. Equivalent to "more haste, less speed". Motto of the Madeira School, McLean, Virginia and Berkhamsted School, Berkhamsted, England, United Kingdom
festinare nocet, nocet et cunctatio saepe; tempore quaeque suo qui facit, ille sapit. it is bad to hurry, and delay is often as bad; the wise person is the one who does everything in its proper time. Ovid[4]
fiat iustitia et pereat mundus let justice be done, though the world shall perish motto of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
fiat justitia ruat caelum let justice be done should the sky fall attributed to Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus
fiat lux let there be light from the Genesis, "dixitque Deus fiat lux et facta est lux" ("and God said, 'Let light be made', and light was made."); frequently used as the motto of schools.
fiat panis let there be bread Motto of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
fiat voluntas Dei May God's will be done motto of Robert May's School; see the next phrase below
fiat voluntas tua Thy will be done motto of Archbishop Richard Smith of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton; quotation of the third petition of the Pater Noster (Our Father) prayer dictated by Jesus Christ
ficta voluptatis causa sint proxima veris fictions meant to please should approximate the truth Horace, Ars Poetica (338); advice presumably discounted by the magical realists
Fidei Defensor (Fid Def) or (fd) Defender of the Faith A title given to King Henry VIII of England by Pope Leo X on 17 October 1521, before Henry became a heresiarch. British monarchs continue to use the title, which is still inscribed on all British coins, and usually abbreviated.
fidem scit he knows the faith sometimes mistranslated to "keep the faith" when used in contemporary English writings of all kinds to convey a light-hearted wish for the reader's well-being
fides qua creditur the faith by which it is believed Roman Catholic theological term for the personal faith that apprehends what is believed, contrasted with fides quae creditur, which is what is believed; see next phrase below
fides quae creditur the faith which is believed Roman Catholic theological term for the content and truths of the Faith or "the deposit of the Faith", contrasted with fides qua creditur, which is the personal faith by which the Faith is believed; see previous phrase
fides quaerens intellectum faith seeking understanding motto of St. Anselm; Proslogion
fidus Achates faithful Achates refers to a faithful friend; from the name of Aeneas's faithful companion in Virgil's Aeneid
filiae nostrae sicut anguli incisi similitudine templi may our daughters be as polished as the corners of the temple motto of Francis Holland School
finis coronat opus the end crowns the work A major part of a work is properly finishing it. Motto of St. Mary's Catholic High School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; on the Coat of Arms of Seychelles; and of the Amin Investment Bank
finis vitae sed non amoris the end of life, but not of love unknown
flagellum dei the scourge of God title for Attila the Hun, the ruthless invader of the Western Roman Empire
flatus vocis [a or the] breath of voice a mere name, word, or sound without a corresponding objective reality; expression used by the nominalists of universals and traditionally attributed to the medieval philosopher Roscelin of Compiègne
flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo if I can not reach Heaven I will raise Hell Virgil, Aeneid, Book VII.312
floreat Etona may Eton flourish Motto of Eton College, England, United Kingdom
floreat nostra schola may our school flourish a common scholastic motto
floruit (fl.) one flourished indicates the period when a historic person was most active or was accomplishing that for which he is famous; may be used as a substitute when the dates of his birth and/or death are unknown.
fluctuat nec mergitur she wavers and is not immersed Motto of the City of Paris, France
fons et origo the spring and source also: "the fountainhead and beginning"
fons sapientiae, verbum Dei the fount of knowledge is the word of God motto of Bishop Blanchet High School
fons vitae caritas love is the fountain of life motto of Chisipite Senior School and Chisipite Junior School
formosam resonare doces Amaryllida silvas teach the woods to re-echo "fair Amaryllis" Virgil, Eclogues, 1:5
forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit perhaps even these things will be good to remember one day Virgil, Aeneid, Book 1, Line 203
fortes fortuna adiuvat Fortune favours the bold The motto of the United States Marine Corps 3rd Marine Regiment
fortes fortuna juvat Fortune favours the bold The motto of the Jutland Dragoon Regiment of Denmark
fortes in fide strong in faith a common motto
fortis cadere, cedere non potest the brave may fall, but can not yield motto on the Coat of Arms of the Fahnestock Family and of the Palmetto Guard of Charleston, South Carolina
fortis est veritas truth is strong motto on the Coat of Arms of Oxford, England, United Kingdom
fortis et liber strong and free motto of Alberta, Canada
fortis in arduis strong in difficulties motto of the Municipal Borough of Middleton, from the Earl of Middleton
fortiter et fideliter bravely and faithfully a common motto
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo resolute in execution, gentle in manner a common motto
fortunae meae, multorum faber artisan of my fate and that of several others motto of Gatineau
fraus omnia vitiat a |legal principle: the occurrence or taint of fraud in a (legal) transaction entirely invalidates it
fui quod es, eris quod sum I once was what you are, you will be what I am An epitaph that reminds the reader of the inevitability of death, as if to state: "Once I was alive like you are, and you will be dead as I am now." It was carved on the gravestones of some Roman military officers.
fumus boni iuris presumption of sufficient legal basis a legal principle
fundamenta inconcussa unshakable foundation