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Author Topic: an off shoot of steam heraldry: mottos  (Read 8578 times)
Paulstaf Green
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« Reply #75 on: February 22, 2011, 09:19:15 pm »

I suppose it's a bit of an unofficial motto for me, but I stick by it and tell it to everyone in a sticky situation - " It could be worse. You could be on fire."


Not a motto, merely a standard response to people saying they're bored (something I can't stand and something that happens all too often)
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It usually makes them quiet down, one way or the other
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« Reply #76 on: February 24, 2011, 05:59:23 pm »

My motto is something I picked up from my time in Army Logistics.

Protinus Recte (Not sure on the spelling)

translates something like: Do it right the on the first attempt.
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Athanor
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Keep them off-balance and brazen it out!


« Reply #77 on: February 24, 2011, 10:45:40 pm »

I have a few mottoes I like:

     "If you're not either making money or having fun, why are you here?"
     "Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger, when I stop trembling and get a good night's sleep."
                                   (I'm indebted to Robert Anton Wilson for that one).
     "It came off in me hand."
     "Trust me" (said by Indiana Jones, just before all Hell broke loose).

But my favourite is:

     "The mutant must be tested severely before being allowed to remake the world in its own image."
     
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Captain Lyerly
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« Reply #78 on: February 25, 2011, 04:27:18 am »

I suppose it's a bit of an unofficial motto for me, but I stick by it and tell it to everyone in a sticky situation - " It could be worse. You could be on fire."


Wish you'd been around to say that last time I was in a sticky situation - and on fire at the time.


Cheers!

Chas.
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Dr. Sniderbunk
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« Reply #79 on: February 25, 2011, 04:58:07 am »

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."

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« Reply #80 on: February 25, 2011, 06:26:59 am »

I have a few:

1. Look out for gopher holes (don't ask)

2. Never pass gas in a closet (adjusting the water heater)

3. When it comes to women, whether you win or lose, you still lose

4.  (When in hospital) Be very nice to nurses, they have pointy objects

5. Never leave a job until its finished

6. No, I will not fix your computer
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« Reply #81 on: February 25, 2011, 02:24:23 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"
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« Reply #82 on: February 25, 2011, 02:58:20 pm »

A good motto known to every US Marine on the planet, Semper Fidelus, Always Faithful. Not quite a motto but also from the Corps To Err is human, to forgive divine, niether is Marine Corps ploicy.

However as a rather adventurous eater a personal motto could very well be Gustatus Polonem, my latin is very rusty and I forgot the word for like and I am not a hundred percent on the two either, but this phrase probably needs no translation.
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Dr. Sniderbunk
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« Reply #83 on: February 27, 2011, 12:39:33 am »

We the unwilling, led by the unknowing have been doing so much with so little for so long that we are now qualified to do the impossible with nothing at all.
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« Reply #84 on: February 27, 2011, 09:21:01 pm »

I've always been partial to :-

If you can keep your head while all around you are losing theirs, you've probably misread the situation!

Blaze
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« Reply #85 on: February 27, 2011, 09:29:19 pm »

A Motto I like- Blut und Eisen
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« Reply #86 on: February 28, 2011, 04:33:14 am »

Apparently, my family motto (Wiseman) reads along the lines of-
"He is wise who is wise through God"

...

As an atheist, I take a differing opinion!  Tongue

My pillow, however, reads

"where there is tea, there is hope" a motto we can ALL get behind!
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« Reply #87 on: March 01, 2011, 07:54:08 am »

"If at first you don't succeed, destroy the evidence."

"There are no 'difficult people,' only inconvenient corpses."
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Matthias Gladstone
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« Reply #88 on: March 01, 2011, 10:59:50 am »

"Damn the Physics and straight at 'em"
-Matt
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« Reply #89 on: March 01, 2011, 07:58:09 pm »

As my signature attests:Sententia Noster Gravis Putabunt, or Our Motto was Deemed Offensive.
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« Reply #90 on: March 01, 2011, 08:16:43 pm »

Mine ... which have been overused, over run and so forth:

"Reality is an Opinion"

"Don't sweat it ... it's a self leveling world"  (i.e. don't worry, karma will sort it out)
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Ms Fisher
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« Reply #91 on: March 01, 2011, 11:42:20 pm »

I have a famliy moto, I forget the latin but the translation is "not for myself, but for my country"-of course my sister and I instantly adopted the reverse!

Personal moto, "that which doesn't kill us makes us stranger"
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The Squire
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« Reply #92 on: March 02, 2011, 02:35:59 am »

We the unwilling, led by the unknowing have been doing so much with so little for so long that we are now qualified to do the impossible with nothing at all.

I worked at a museum shop that had a similar motto: "We've been doing so much with so little for so long that now we can do anything with nothing in no time flat."
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« Reply #93 on: March 03, 2011, 01:04:30 pm »

I always wanted one of mine translated into Latin: "I can resist anything but temptation."


Cheers!

Chas.
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Dr. Sniderbunk
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« Reply #94 on: March 04, 2011, 06:18:06 am »

I always wanted one of mine translated into Latin: "I can resist anything but temptation."


Cheers!

Chas.

Here you go....
yo potui obsistere quisquam tamen tentatio
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Dr. Madd
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« Reply #95 on: August 14, 2015, 05:52:33 pm »

Not a steampunk one, but -Recycle, Reuse, Reload
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« Reply #96 on: August 14, 2015, 07:14:58 pm »

My one:  If you are going to do it you might as well go overboard.
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« Reply #97 on: August 14, 2015, 07:44:05 pm »

"Tempus Fugit. It's a Timey-Wimey thing"
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« Reply #98 on: August 14, 2015, 08:58:24 pm »

I don't think my family has a motto - I don't think folk that eked out a living in the shadow of an Irish castle wall had mottos or crests in that era...

My university motto is 'Per Ardua Ad Alta' which translates as 'through effort to high places' according to my ID card. I'd like to adopt it as my own because I'm doing my best to do just that, despite the university administration and apparently the rest of the universe, trying to sabotage those efforts =P Also it makes me think of airships which is never a bad thing!

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« Reply #99 on: August 15, 2015, 10:56:54 am »

"Iustia et Fortitudo Invincibilia Sunt"

"Justice and Fortitude are Invincible"

Family motto. I have an Irish translation somewhere, will have to look it out.
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