Natura non facit saltus

Nature does not jump. Scientific aphorism used to express that there is no interruption between the natural species and the genres since despite their diversity there is always something between them that makes them similar or relates them.

Natura simplicibus gaudet

Nature is pleased with small things.

Naturam ducem sequi

Follow nature as a guide.

Navem conscendere

To sail.

Navem solvere

To set sail

Navem subducere

To run ashore a vessel.

Navis in portum coniecta est

The vessel was released at port.

Navis oneraria

Transportation ship.

Ne agamus

Don’t do.

Ne cupide agerent, atque... ut malent

(To be disposed) to do nothing for passion as opposed to prefer on the contrary...

Ne ego homo infelix fuit

Probably I was an unfortunate man.

Ne fugae quidem patebat locus

There was no possible place not even for the escape.

Ne homines quidem

Not even men.

Ne illi vehementere errant qui …

Certainly the ones that ….are really mistaken...

Ne longus sit

To abbreviate.

Ne puero gladium

Not to trust the sword to a child.

Ne quid nimis

Nothing too much.. Maxim imputed to Solon (640-558 a.C.), one of the 7 Greek wise men, transcribed into Latin by Publius Terentius (190-158 B.C.). It means that all excess is dangerous.

Ne repugnetis

Do not resist.

Ne sint in senectute vires

Even though there is not strength at the old age.

Nec deus intersit, nisi dignus vindice modus

Do not make God participate unless the drama deserves to be untangled by God. Dictate of Horace, in the Poetic Art on the tragedy. He suggests to drama authors to be prudent when using God at the end of tragedies so making the Deus ex machina participate only when the type of play deserves it.

Nec latuere doli fratrem Iunonis

Not even the deceits of Juno were hidden to his brother.

Nec litteras didicit, nec natare

He did not learn to read or anything. It is used to refer to a man totally ignorant.

Nec mortale sonans

Voice which does not have mortal accent. Hemistich of Virgil’s in Aeneid VI.

Nec pluribus impar

Equally to many, inferring suns. Motto of Louis XIV, King of France, who made the majesty of his throne to be represented with the shape of the sun under which those words were written. He wanted to express that his glory and magnificence were bigger than many suns, which is bigger than anything existing.

Nec plus ultra (o) non plus ultra

The maximum.

Necessarii Pompeii

Pompey supporters.

Necesse est

It is necessary.

Necessitas caret lege

Need lacks law. It is used to indicate that what we do as a consequence of an imperative need or a bigger one cannot be attributed to us.

Necessitas temporis

The urgency of the moment.

Negotia publica

State’s businesses.

Negotiorum gestor

Business manager, kind of agent.

Nemine contradicente

Nobody contradicting. Words used at the Court to express a general agreement.

Nemine discrepante

Without contradiction, disagreement or opposition of any kind. By unanimous vote; by all the votes.

Neminem fugit quid sit optimum

Nobody is hidden on what is the best.

Nemo beatus est nisi sapiens

Nobody is blessed only the wise.

Nemo contentus sua sorte

Nobody is happy with his luck.

Nemo cum alterius damno locupletior fieri debe

Nobody should benedict from somebody’s detriment. Digest’s rule which states that it is prohibited to benefit at the expense of somebody else.

Nemo dat quod non habet

Nobody gives what he lacks. Disgest rule which states that nobody can give to another more rights than the ones he has.

Nemo est qui…

There is nobody that ...

Nemo in sua patria propheta

Nobody is a prophet in his country. Words of Christ.

Nemo invitus compellitur ad communionem

Nobody can be obliged to own together with another. Roman law rule.

Nemo non

All without failing one.

Nemo potest duobus dominis servire

Nobody can serve two lords.

Nemo praesumitur malus nisi probetur

Nobody can be considered bad if that is not proved. Legal aphorism due to the fact that the crime and the evil are an exception, therefore it is necessary to provide conclusive evidence in order to be considered an offender.

Nemo praesumitur malus nisi probetur

Nobody is considered a prophet in his country.


By no means.

Neque caecum ducet, neque amentem consultorem

Not to accept a blind as a guide, or a weak man as counselor. It expresses the inconvenience and danger of letting somebody be guided by incompetent persons.

Neque in bonis neque in malis velis esse singularis

You do want to distinguish neither in the good nor in the bad. Aphorism which condemns the excessive eagerness to show oneself.

Neque interesse, ipsosne interficiant, impedimentisne exuant

And there is no difference between crucifying them or depriving them of their baggage.

Neque longius…

Not for any more time no...

Neque semper arcum tendir Apolo

Not always does Apollo have his arch stretch. Words of Horace which indicate that not always we should work but that resting is also necessary.

Nescio quid de nobis futurum sit

I do not know what to do of ourselves.

Nescio quo pacto

I do not know how.

Nescis quid vesper serus trahat

You ignore what the night may bring. It is used to indicate that we should not trust in tomorrow since we do not know whether there may be something that prevents us from reaching our purposes.

Nescit vox missa reverti

The word that is not released cannot be taken. Expression of Poetic Art of Horace which teaches us that we should be very limited and concerned with our words so that we do not regret saying them. The King Alfonso the wise says: "Every man should keep his word a lot, since afterwards gets out of the mouth, the man cannot prevent it from being said".


Confinement, Sale contract. When the debtor was unable to pay upon maturity he was delivered to the creditor for the scale and weight, however this was cause of mancipium only from the civil laws referred to as Jus Papiridium (VII century B.C.) onwards, since before them, in those cases the debtor was taken as slave.

Nihil actum reputans si quid superesset agendum

Believing there was nothing done while something was pending to be done.

Nihil admirari

Not to wonder on anything. Answer said to be given by Pythagoras to anybody asking him whether he wondered about something.

Nihil aliud loquor nisi de

I say nothing but only about.

Nihil aliud nisi

Not another thing but, not another thing that.

Nihil causae dico quin

I do not oppose to.

Nihil causae est quin

There is no reason against.

Nihil de mortuis nisi bonum

About the dead only the good should be said. Suggestion based on charity.

Nihil de principe, parum de Deo

Nothing of the prince, few things of God.

Nihil difficile amanti

There is nothing difficult for the one who loves. Words of Cicero.

Nihil est in intellectu, quod prius non sit in sensu

There is nothing in the intelligence which was not first in the senses. Philosophical maxim of an unknown author cited by Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655) in an affirmative manner.

Nihil facere aliquid

Not the believe in one thing.

Nihil haud

Not so much.

Nihil humani a me alienum puto

Nothing that is human do I consider far from me. Words of Terentius which warn us on the fact that we can suffer the same sins, misfortunes and addictions as the others.

Nihil lacryma citius arescit

Nothing dries more quickly than a tear. Words of Cicero.

Nihil medium est

There is no middle. Latin proverb applied when we should choose from two equally bad parties.

Nihil mortalibus arduum est

There is nothing impossible to the man. Words of Horace (Ode I) addressed to Virgilus.

Nihil novi

No news.

Nihil novum sub sole

There is nothing new under the sun.

Nihil pensi habere

To have no qualms.

Nihil perterritus est

He did not terrify not even a little.

Nihil probat qui nimium probat

Nothing is proved by the one who proves too much.

Nihil sciri potest, ne id ipsum quidem

Nothing can be known, not even this.

Nihil scribo; lego autem libenter

I do not write anything but read with great pleasure.

Nihil tam absurdum, quod non dictum sit ab aliquo philosophorum

There is no nonsense that has not been said by a philosopher.

Nihil tibi interest

Nothing matters to you.

Nihil vita antiquius existimare

To have nothing in a higher position than life.

Nihilo secius

However, not for that.

Nimia venignitas

Excessive kindness.

Nimium ne credere colori

Do not trust so much on the brightness of its color. End of a poem of Virgilus addressed by the priest Coridon to Alejo. It has been interpreted as: Do not trust appearances.


From the Greek nymphe: small lips of the vulva, nymph and of the obsession: craziness, disordered wish. Sexual hyperesthesia of the woman. It depends on the peripheral or central cause, it may be caused by the genital itching, the eczema and the effect of some toxics.

Nisi forte

Unless that by chance.

Nisi forte insanit

Unless he is crazy.

Nitimur in vestitum semper, cupimusque negata

We are always tempted by the prohibited and we wish the things that we are denied. (Ovidius in Loves).

Nives capitis

The chains.

Nobili genere natus

Born from a noble family.

Nobilitas sola est atque unica virtus

Virtue is the only true nobility.

Noctis erat medium

It was midnight

Noctuas Athenas affere

Take owls to Athens.

Nocturna versate suam, versate diurna

Browse them during the day, browse them at night. Poem of Horace in Poetic Art where he suggests the young writers to develop their own style and ideas based on the Greek authors and to study their works during the day and the night.

Nocumentum documentum

What hurts teaches. It suggests that pain is a very efficient training. In Greek it was said pathemata mathemata, sufferings are training.

Nolebas aut non audebas

You did not want or you did not dare.

Noli committere ut

Do not give opportunity to.

Nolie dare sanctum canibus, neque mitatis margaritas vestras ad porcos

Do not intend to give the dogs what is blessed, do not throw your pearls to the pigs. It teaches that holy things should be given a holy treatment.

Noliti judicare et non judicabimini

Do not judge and you will not be judged. Words of Christ.


I would not want.

Nolo alicui

To have distaste against somebody.

Nominavit nobis

Has designated for us. Formula used in the pontifical bulls which gave the canonic institution to the bishop appointed by the French government.

Non (o haud) nimis

Not so much.

Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro

Not even for the whole gold of the world is freedom sold. Freedom is such a valuable property for men that understandably, is placed before all the gold of the world.

Non causa bis in idem

Two times over the same. Legal maxim by which the same offence is not subjected to more than one prosecution, unless it is proved in the second offence that there was fraud in the first offence.

Non causa pro causa

There is no cause for a cause.

Non cuivis homini contingit adire Corinthum

Not anybody is granted to go to Corinth.

Non debet, cui plus licet, id quod minus est non licere

The one who is not permitted the most should be permitted the less. Rule 21 of Title 17, book 50 of the Digest. On the contrary the law that permits the less should be interpreted as prohibiting the most.Consequently the one who should donor by law can also sell; and on the contrary the one who cannot sell let alone donor.

Non decet

It is not convenient.

Non deserit alta

Do not abandon the summit.

Non dubito

I do not doubt.

Non dubito quin

I do not doubt that.

Non eget testibus

Does not need witnesses.

Non est (o) non erat, hic locus

It is not or it was not here the place. Words of Horace in his Epistle to the Pisos, applied when opportunity is trespassed.

Non est ad astra mollis a terris via

It is not a threshed or easy path the one that goes from the earth to the stars. It means that immortality is not achieved without great efforts.

Non est bonum esse hominem solum: faciamus ei adjutorium simile sibi

It is not good that men be alone: let do a help similar to him.

Non est discipulus supra magistrum

The student should not be over the teacher. It is used to express the obedience to the superiors.

Non est falsum sine dolo

There is no deceitfulness without duress. Legal aphorism which expresses that for there to be punishable deceitfulness it is not enough that it has been materially committed but that it has been committed with criminal and fraud intent, that is with the deliberate intent to alter the truth.

Non est magnum ingenium sine melancholia

There is not great cleverness neither gloom.

Non est tanti

There is not so much for.

Non excidit mihi

I have not forgotten that.

Non expedire

It is not convenient.

Non exprobrandi causa

Without intention to throw it on the face.

Non fuit fortis aut prudens

It was neither brave nor judicious.

Non fulgetis extrinsecus, gloria vestra intus est

You don’t bright on the outside, your glory is in the inside. Words of Seneca which mean that the man is worth more for his moral qualities than for his outside clothes.

Non fumum ex fulgore, sed ex fumo dare lucem

Not to take out smoke from the light, but splendor from the smoke. It means that from big things fussy and insignificant consequences should not be inferred, but on the contrary significant consequences should be inferred.

Non habere nauci aliquem

To take no attention of anything.

Non hic locus est ut

This is not the place of.

Non id ago

I do not engage in this.

Non ignara mali, miseris seccurrere disco

Knowing the evil myself, s‚ helping the unfortunate. Line of Virgilus applicable to the sympathetic persons having experienced the misfortune.

Non insolo pane vivit homo

The man does not only live on food. Words of Christ.

Non libet augurari

I do not like to risk prophesies.

Non liquet

It is not clear.

Non maxime

Not at all.

Non mediocris

Not general.

Non metuo, quin

I do not doubt that no.

Non minimum


Non missura cutem nisi plena cruoris hirudo

Non modo non... sed etiam

Not only not... but also.

Non modo non... sed ne... Quidem

Not only not... but also not even.

Non modo... sed etiam

Not only... but also.

Non multa, sed multum

Not many things, but a lot. Words assigned to Pliny the young (62-114), expressing that it is better to learn few important things rather than many unimportant ones.

Non munera pecunia

Not in constant currency.

Non nihilo aestimare

Assess in something.

Non obstantibus

It refers to a overturning clause by which those acts deriving from the roman chancery overturn the rules established by the pontifical constitutions, provincial councils and even the general councils..

Non olet

It does not smell bad. Latin words referring to the money; it seems they were repeated by Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus, emperor from 69 to 79, when he heard that his son Titus criticized him for having imposed a tax on sewers.

Non omne, quod licet, honestum est

Not everything that is lawful is honest. Legal aphorism of Paulus in the Digest.

Non omnia possumus omnes

Not everybody can do everything. Phrase of Gaius Lucilius (149-104 B.C.), used by Virgilius in his Eclogues (VIII) to indicate that the capabilities of everybody are not the same.

Non omnis moriar

Not to die, forever. Expressed by Horace in one of his Odes to indicate that his works would survive him.

Non oportet equi inspicere donati

It is not advisable to check the horse given to us. It means it is back talk to look for defects on things bestowed; it would be like knowing the age of the horse being received as gift.

Non oportet studere sed studuisse

It is not important to study, but to have studied. Used to mean that human knowledge cannot be obtained with the application at the moment, but through the prior and regular study.

Non passibus aequis

With his uneven step. End of a poem of Virgilius (Aeneid II).

Non plus

The last degree of perfection. It is said in Madrid.

Non plus ultra

Not beyond. According the legend a place where for the olds the earth ended. Translation of what was written by Hercules on the columns of Abila and Calpe. It is used in Spanish as male noun to ponder things, exaggerating them or raising them to the highest point they can reach.

Non possumus

We cannot. Words addressed by Saint Peter to the prince of Sanhedrin’s clergymen and which were repeated by many Popes in order to deny to many demands of the civil authorities. This was the manner in which Pio IX answered to Napoleon III who pretended the Pontific Status be assigned to Victor Manuel, King of Italy. These words are used to express an absolute denial.

Non quid debetur refert, sed qua mente

It does not matter what is given, but the intention with which it is given. Words of Seneca to express that when a gift is done to us we should consider the intention or good wish of the donor rather than the value of the gifted thing.

Non semper arcum endit Apolo

Apollo has not always his bow extended. Words of Horace to express that we should sometimes rest from the work we are doing.

Non sine causa

Not without reason.

Non sine labore

There is nothing without work. Venture or motto of Cardinal Juan Francisco Pablo de Gondi, Cardinal of Retz (1613-1679)

Non sine te, nec tecum vivere possum. Nec possum tecum vivere sine te

I cannot live with you, neither without you. Phrase used to express a great infatuation. The origin of it is in Ovid (Loves III) and in Marcus Valerius Martialis (40-104) in Epigrams XII.

Non sunt facienda mala ut veniat bona

Evil should not be done to reach the good. Latin proverb by which it is condemned the theory of the ones who say that the purpose justifies the means.

Non videbis annos Petri

You will not see Peter’s years. This was said since Saint Peter governed for 24 years. Therefore it was a habit to warn the Pontiffs on this, however Pio IX governed the Church for 32 years and Len XIII, 25.

Non vivere, sed valere vita, oportet

It does not worth so much living than enjoying life.

Nonne animadvertis?

Can’t you see?

Nos animae viles

We, unimportant creatures.

Nostra memoria

Of our time.

Nostro Marte

With our own force.

Novae bellandi rationes

New methods to do the war.

Novitas pugnae

New manner to fight.

Novum organum

New method to interpret nature. Work of Francis Bacon Published in 1620. The Novum Organum is the second part of the Great Instauratio and it is a complete exhibition of the experimental method.

Noxae deditio

Delivery of the punished. Act by which the paterfamilias in order to free from the liability of a offence committed by somebody under his authority he delivered the person to the one damaged so that he be compensated through the offender’s work. This was the most general cause of the mancipium.

Noxam pecunia

A blame at the cost of gold.

Nudus agris paternis

Deprived of fatherly lands.

Nulla dies sine linea

No day without a line. Proverb that suggests not to abandon the exercise of the art, skill or profession. It derives from what is told by Caius Plinius Secundus Pliny the Elder of Apelles (23- ?), who spend every day drawing at least one line.It also means figuratively that it is a lost day the one spend without doing anything of benefit.

Nulla est causa quin

Nothing prevents that, there is no reason so that no.

Nulla est redemptio

There is no more relief. Used to express that a thing cannot be corrected.

Nulla fuit civitas, quin Caesari pareret

There was no city that did not submitted itself to the Caesar.

Nulla interposita mora

Without delay

Nulla lex satis commoda omnibus est

No law is comfortable enough for everybody. Sentence of Marcus Porcius Cato, called the Ancient and the Censor (234-149 B.C.), used to express that there is no law that even though it may be good it will satisfy wholly all the citizens.

Nulla res una

Not even a thing.

Nulli opera eius defuit

Nobody has ever lack his support.


To nobody. Nature to which the slave abandoned by his owner turned into, since even though he was not considered a person he was not even considered as a pure thing.

Nullo numero

Of no consideration.

Nullo periculo

Without any danger.

Nullum esse, librum tam malum, ut non aliqua parte prodesset

(Said) that there was no book that in any section of it was not able to be useful. Thought cited by Caius Plinius Cecilius Secundus, Plinius the Young (61-114) about his uncle Pliny the Old.

Nullum est jan dictum, quod non dictum est prius

Words of Publius Terentius (190-158) used to express that there is nothing said which was not already said.

Nullum partis delictum innocenti filio paena est

The innocent child should never suffer the punishment for the offence of the father. Roman law rule by which the innocence of the child is shown.

Nullus est qui

There is nobody that.

Nullus videtur dolo facere qui suo jure utitur

The one who enforces his rights cannot be considered as guilty of duress. This sentence of the jurist Gaius teaches that the one who only enforces his right cannot damage anybody not be declared as a consequence responsible for the damage caused to a third party.

Nulum magnum ingenium sine mixturae dementiae fuit

There is no big cleverness without a shade of insanity. Words of Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4-65) in De Tranquilitate Animi which suggest that the preponderante of clever thoughts may turn the man abnormal.

Num infitiari potes...?

Can you probable deny...?

Num quis dubitat?

Does anybody doubt?

Numquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicit

Nature and pure philosophy do never change.

Numquam est fidelis cum potente societas

Partnership with a powerful is never safe.

Nunc dimitis servum tuum, Domine

Now, God, you bid farewell your servant.

Nunc est bibendum

Time to drink. Popular Ode of Horace starting with Duch words and which was created to celebrate the success of Actium. The principle of it is the imitation of the poetry of Alcaeus (VI century B.C.) against the despot Nursilo.

Nunc ipsum

Completely now.

Nunc surgendum censeo

Now I believe it is convenient to insurgence oneself.


Serious formulation of a vote.

Nuntiare ne

Order that no.

Nusquam esse

To be dead.

Nusquam nisi


Nutrisco et extringuo

Nurture well and destroy bad. Venture or motto of Francis I of France (1494-1547).