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Latin Translation: You are getting in your own way!

by Beth
(London)

Dear Latin teacher,


How do you say this in Latin:

The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.

I've looked everywhere but I just can't find a translation

Thanks!


Dear Beth,

English-to-Latin translation is always open to several possibilities, and a literal translation of the English almost never works. Also, Latin is a very terse language for such sayings.

My best idea is this: ipse tibi obstas. It means literally: you are obstructing yourself.

If you don't like that one, a more literal translation of your line: una res quae te desideratis tuis prohibebit est tu ipse. But trust me, this is not elegant Latin. It means literally: The one thing which will prevent you from the things you desire is you yourself.

Go with ipse tibi obstas.

Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.

Sincerely,

John

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