Latin Translation: Trust Yourself

by Nyssa
(Sydney, Australia)

Dear Latin Teacher,

Could you possibly give me the correct Latin translation of "Trust Yourself"? As in, have faith in your own abilities... and I'm female if that's relevant!

Thanks so much.. from one who skipped Latin at school and did German instead!

Dear Nyssa,

The literal Latin phrase would be tibi fide, meaning place confidence in yourself.

Horace uses the phrase in one of his epistles (Hor. Ep. 1, 19,22): Qui sibi fidet, dux reget examen. (He who will place trust in himself, as a leader will rule the crowd)

The second person pronoun tibi refers to any gender, so the phrase works for a woman or a man.

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



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