Latin Saying: Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.

In the most corrupt state are the most laws.

I have heard this expressed as “Laws are for the lawless.” A law does not change a person’s heart. A law will make a bad person be more careful so they don’t get caught. In a sense a law is aspirational. It is how we hope society to be not how it is. How it gets to that good place takes more than a law.

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Latin Saying: Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur.

Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur.
Many fear their reputation, few their conscience.

I like the pithiness of Latin sayings. They get to the point quickly. This saying gets across people worry about looking good instead of being good.

Many English words come from Latin so we get introduced to our language’s roots. Which English words do you see in this saying?

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