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Latin Phrases: Intente quid precaris & vincit qui se vincit

by Mina

what does it mean?? "intente guid precaris" and tha phrase "vincit gui se vincit"

Hi Mina,

Intente quid precaris means with eagerness what you pray. It may mean simply be eager and serious about what you pray for.

Intende quid pracaris, changing the -t- to a -d-, would mean intend what you pray for, i.e. seek to bring about though action that which you ask of God. (This makes better sense to me, but I don't want to change your spelling without knowing the source.)

Vincit qui se vincit means he conquers who conquers himself, i.e. the man who overcomes himself or controls himself is truly victorious.

There is a longer Latin phrase: Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria - He conquers twice who controls himself in victory. (From Publius Syrus.)

Hope this helps and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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