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Latin Tattoo: To Live is Christ

by Louis Gallegos
(Ladera Ranch, CA, US)

Dear Latin Teacher,

I am going to get a new tattoo and I'd like it to say "to live is Christ, to die is gain" in Latin.

Sincerely, Louis

Dear Louis,

Your Latin Tattoo idea comes straight from the New Testament, St. Paul to the Philippians.

vivere Christus est et mori lucrum

So that you may know what each word means: vivere = to live; Christus = Christ; est = is; et = and; mori = to die; lucrum = profit/gain.

If you don't want the tattoo, get the T-Shirt!

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



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How would "To Die Is Gain" read?
by: Joel

Would just "To Die Is Gain" read Morior Est Lucrum?

Hi Joel,

Morior means "I die", to "to die". For the infinitive, use Mori.



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