by Marcus Manilius (flourished 1st century CE)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
"Nascentes morimur finisque, finisque, ab origine pendet"


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Life", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English  after the Latin 
"We who are born end by dying, our end is determined by the beginning."

Translator's note:
Second phrase: More literally, "the end will hang [or will out] from its beginning"


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