Repulsae Nescia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Repulsae Nescia is a Latin phrase meaning "ignorant of defeat" in English.[1] The longer phrase from Horace, Virtus Repulsae Nescia, is often translated as "courage knows no defeat".


It is found in Horace: Odes, III., 2, 17.[2] The following passage:

Virtus repulsae nescia sordidae
Intaminatis fulget honoribus,
Nec sumit aut ponit securis
Arbitrio popularis aurae.

was translated by Conington[3] as:

True Virtue never knows defeat:
Her robes she keeps unsullied still;
Nor take, nor quits, her curule seat,
To please a people's veering will.

Usage as a motto[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]