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Author Topic: an off shoot of steam heraldry: mottos  (Read 8769 times)
von Corax
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« Reply #100 on: August 15, 2015, 06:37:23 pm »

Official motto of the Leverkusen Institute of Paleocybernetics:

"Audeat disce omnes."

Motto of the Experimental Investigations Department:

"Pessimam Quid fieri?"
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« Reply #101 on: August 17, 2015, 12:39:00 pm »

My personal motto became 'if it looks right, it'll damn well do' during a somewhat fraught period of time at college on a modelmaking course. I'm far happier doing more sculptural work, and we had to create highly accurate architectural models which was exactly the opposite of my comfort zone.
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If all else fails, get a larger hammer


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« Reply #102 on: August 17, 2015, 10:36:03 pm »

One that has stuck with me throughout most of my life.
"If it doesn't work hit it with a hammer.  If it still don't work, get a bigger hammer.  If it breaks, it needed fixing anyhow."



In a similar vain I was always taught as an apprentice "If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer!"
and then seeing as how I lived the first twenty six years of my life in the RAF I will always be fond of "Per ardua ad Astra"
but if I ever had a family motto it would probably be "Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't"

Very good policy. Also a constant phrase used by yours truly as is evidenced in my profile by-line.  My motto (when discussing my culinary choices with vegans )is "If God didn't want us to eat the animals,  why did he make them out of meat?"
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« Reply #103 on: August 18, 2015, 04:59:13 am »

Not so much a motto as my Rules for Life:

1. Never assume
2. If you don't ask, you don't get
3. Never turn down lunch (dinner/a drink/etc.)
4. You can never have too much firewood (toys/fun/etc.)

If the schools aren't already teaching these (and the lack of incoming royalties suggests they're not), then they should be.
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« Reply #104 on: August 19, 2015, 02:36:15 pm »

The more you learn...the less you know.
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« Reply #105 on: August 20, 2015, 03:06:18 am »

"Like politics and religion; in matters of taste debate is futile." 
"Be not the first by which the new is tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside."
 'Tis better to seek a stronger back than a lighter load.
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« Reply #106 on: August 20, 2015, 02:35:47 pm »

I suppose that if I chose a motto for myself it would be a Shakespeare quote (Hamlet, I think, but I could be wrong on that): 'Above all, to thine own self be true.'
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« Reply #107 on: August 24, 2015, 09:55:50 am »

Yep. that was from Laertes giving advice to his son just prior to his departure to England (I think), and university. He also told him "neither a borrower nor  a lender be". Many people mistakenly think your quote is from the Bible.
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« Reply #108 on: January 19, 2016, 05:22:41 pm »

Courtesy of Robert A Heinlein; Anything doing is worth overdoing.
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« Reply #109 on: January 20, 2016, 10:23:52 pm »

Not so much a motto, more a piece of advice I've given to others on occasion:

"If you can live your life without offending anyone, you're not doing it right."

My own personal motto:

"Those who seek knowledge should keep an open mind."
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« Reply #110 on: January 21, 2016, 07:15:55 pm »

"Aut vincere aut mori"   Either conquer or die...
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« Reply #111 on: January 21, 2016, 08:52:12 pm »

To the drinks cabinet and no further.
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« Reply #112 on: January 21, 2016, 11:24:26 pm »

"Get My Brown Pants!"
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Keep them off-balance and brazen it out!


« Reply #113 on: January 22, 2016, 12:27:05 am »

"Gaudeamus."

That's the Latin motto of the British grammar school I couldn't wait to get out of, more than 50 years ago. Back then, a "grammar school" was the high school that bright kids got sent to, to prepare them for University. It was, admittedly, an old-established school, but basically middle-class with upper-class pretensions. A Latin motto was just one of them.

So, "Gaudeamus." It is usually translated as "Let us rejoice."

It occurs in an old song in Latin (which might date from as early as the 13th century), that most people seem to think is some kind of hymn, as it has a rather stately, minor-key melody; and it's in Latin, which many people associate with church music. There are various versions, but this is the commonest;

     "Guadeamus igitur, iuvenes dum sumus,     (repeat)
       Post iucundam iuventutem,
       Post molestam senectutem,
       Nos habebit humus, nos habebit humus."

Which roughly translates as:

    "We are young at the moment, but far too soon we will grow old and die, therefore let's enjoy ourselves while we can."

Or, more succinctly; "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die."

It is in fact an old university students' drinking song; which is supremely ironic, since the Headmaster during my years at the school was a moralist in the good old Puritan mould, who often used to lecture us lads on the evils of alcohol and tobacco......

Athanor
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« Reply #114 on: January 24, 2016, 04:07:51 pm »

"Gaudeamus."

That's the Latin motto of the British grammar school I couldn't wait to get out of, more than 50 years ago. Back then, a "grammar school" was the high school that bright kids got sent to, to prepare them for University. It was, admittedly, an old-established school, but basically middle-class with upper-class pretensions. A Latin motto was just one of them.

So, "Gaudeamus." It is usually translated as "Let us rejoice."

It occurs in an old song in Latin (which might date from as early as the 13th century), that most people seem to think is some kind of hymn, as it has a rather stately, minor-key melody; and it's in Latin, which many people associate with church music. There are various versions, but this is the commonest;

     "Guadeamus igitur, iuvenes dum sumus,     (repeat)
       Post iucundam iuventutem,
       Post molestam senectutem,
       Nos habebit humus, nos habebit humus."

Which roughly translates as:

    "We are young at the moment, but far too soon we will grow old and die, therefore let's enjoy ourselves while we can."

Or, more succinctly; "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die."

It is in fact an old university students' drinking song; which is supremely ironic, since the Headmaster during my years at the school was a moralist in the good old Puritan mould, who often used to lecture us lads on the evils of alcohol and tobacco......

Athanor


I learned "Gaudeamus Igitur" in 8th grade Latin class (early 1960s).
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