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Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wi

Latin translation: inspice bene in te ipsum.

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English term or phrase:Look well into thyself.
Latin translation:inspice bene in te ipsum.
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20:35 May 15, 2002
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English term or phrase: Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wi
Quote is attributed to Marcus Aurelius during the early Roman Empire time period.
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inspice bene in te ipsum. est ibi fons fortitudinis quae semper surget si semper ibi spectaveris.
Explanation:
Full English form: "Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there."

Your citation comes from some other source that I cannot determine, which might have been originally Latin -- which would mean I shouldn't be translating it back into Latin! It would only be right in that case for you to use the original Latin, not my back-translation.

This quotation seems to be missing from M. Aurelius's work, MEDITATIONS. Since he composed the MEDITATIONS in Greek, it is possible that there was an early or contemporary Latin version, which Aurelius himself might have authorized or even authored.... Does anybody else know about an ancient (2nd or 3rd century) Latin version?

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David Wigtil
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Local time: 09:29
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Thank you for your information. I am a retired military person and I have a hobby of reinacting various military people of old. I like to try and "get inside" their heads and you've provided more insite for me to consider. Thanks again.
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4inspice bene in te ipsum. est ibi fons fortitudinis quae semper surget si semper ibi spectaveris.
David Wigtil


  

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inspice bene in te ipsum. est ibi fons fortitudinis quae semper surget si semper ibi spectaveris.


Explanation:
Full English form: "Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there."

Your citation comes from some other source that I cannot determine, which might have been originally Latin -- which would mean I shouldn't be translating it back into Latin! It would only be right in that case for you to use the original Latin, not my back-translation.

This quotation seems to be missing from M. Aurelius's work, MEDITATIONS. Since he composed the MEDITATIONS in Greek, it is possible that there was an early or contemporary Latin version, which Aurelius himself might have authorized or even authored.... Does anybody else know about an ancient (2nd or 3rd century) Latin version?



David Wigtil
United States
Local time: 09:29
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 60
Grading comment
Thank you for your information. I am a retired military person and I have a hobby of reinacting various military people of old. I like to try and "get inside" their heads and you've provided more insite for me to consider. Thanks again.
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