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  Name
Latin proverbNomen est omen.

The name is an omen.

—  Latin proverb

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  Body
JuvenalMens sana in corpore sano.

A healthy mind in a healthy body.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

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  Taste
Latin phraseDe gustibus non est disputandum.

In matters of taste, there can be no disputes.

—  Latin phrase

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  Health
JuvenalMens sana in corpore sano.

A healthy mind in a healthy body.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

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  Destiny
HoracePermitte divis cetera.

Leave all else to the gods.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

  
  Despair
HoraceNil desperandum!

Never despair.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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  Fear
SenecaTimendi causa est nescire.

The cause of fear is ignorance.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

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  Ability
Latin phraseLibens-Volens-Potens

Ready-Willing-Potent

—  Latin phrase

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VirgilNon omnia possumus omnes.

We can't all of us do everything.

—  Virgil, 70-19 BC, Roman poet

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  Willpower
Citius, Altius, Fortius.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

—  Motto of the Olympic Games

(initially, a motto of Pierre de Coubertin’s school)

  
  Patience
CiceroQuo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?

To what length will you abuse our patience, Catiline?

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

(in the first of his four Catiline Orations)

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  Faults
HoraceNihil est ab omni parte beatum.

Nothing is blessed in every part

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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SenecaNemo sine vitio est.

No one is without fault.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

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  Stupidity
SenecaTanta stultitia mortalium est.

What fools these mortals be!

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

  
  Obstinacy
CiceroSemper idem.

Always the same.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

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  Wickedness
JuvenalNemo malus felix

No bad man is happy.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

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  Cruelty
Latin proverbLupus est homo homini.

Man is wolf to man.

—  Latin proverb

  
  Disbelief
HoraceNullius in verba.

Take nobody's word for it.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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  Dislike
Latin phraseNon placet.

It does not please.

—  Latin phrase

  
  Doubt
Latin phraseIn dubio abstine.

When in doubt, abstain.

—  Latin phrase

  
  Explanations
QuintilianQuis, quid, ubi, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando?

Who, what, where, with what, why, how, when.

—  Quintilian, 35-96 AD, Roman rhetorician

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