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Possunt quia posse videntur. (They can because they think they can)

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The Aeneid

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Virgil

a Roman poet; author of the epic poem `Aeneid' (70-19 BC)

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  • Peter Roach
    This was my school motto. The correct translation is "They are able because they seem/are seen to be able". But we classics scholars use to translate it "They can because they seem to can".
    LikeReplyReport1 year ago
  • Ma Ta
    Are seen by whom? If by others, this is a recognition of their power. If videntur is "by themselves" means the same as "they believed, they thought they could". Two different things, for sure. Both right. Right? 
    LikeReplyReport1 year ago
  • Eric Redford
    Apparently it's our family moto
    LikeReplyReport3 years ago
  • Derrick Leach
    JG Fawcus always had this atop the blackboard at Bilton Grange School
    LikeReplyReport4 years ago
  • Samuel Jenkins
    This is a miss-translation. The correct translation is: "Those who are able, are seen to be able". Video, videre, visi, vissum means to see, not to think.
    LikeReplyReport 25 years ago

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امتلاك quia videntur. (يمكنهم لأنهم يعتقدون أن في وسعهم)

possunt quia posse videntur. (Sie können, weil sie denken, sie können)

possunt quia posse videntur. (μπορούν επειδή νομίζουν ότι μπορούν)

Posible quia posse videntur. (Pueden porque piensan que pueden, desde la eneida)

possunt quia posse videntur. (ils peuvent parce qu'ils pensent qu'ils peuvent, de la part de l'Enéide)

possunt क्विया पॉज़ videntur। (वे कर सकते हैं क्योंकि वे सोचते हैं कि वे कर सकते हैं)

possunt quia posse videntur. (megtehetik, mert azt hiszik, hogy tudják)

memiliki quia posse videntur. (mereka bisa karena mereka pikir mereka bisa)

possunt quia posse videntur. (possono perché pensano che possano, dall'eneide)

possunt quia posse videntur. (הם יכולים כי הם חושבים שהם יכולים)

possunt quia posse videntur。 (彼らは彼らができると思うので彼らはできる)

videntur를 소유하십시오. (그들이 할 수 있다고 생각하기 때문에 그들은 할 수 있습니다.)

Possunt quia posse videntur. (Licet non possunt, quia cogitant de Aeneis)

possunt quia posse videntur. (mogą, ponieważ myślą, że mogą)

possunt quia posse videntur. (eles podem porque acham que podem)

Возможно, Quia Posse Videntur. (они могут, потому что думают, что могут, из энеиды)

possunt quia posse videntur. (de kan för att de tror att de kan)

opossunt quia posse videntur. (Yapabileceklerini düşündükleri için yapabilirler)

sở hữu quia posse videntur. (Họ có thể bởi vì họ nghĩ rằng họ có thể)

possunt quia posse videntur。 (他們可以,因為他們認為他們可以,從aeneid)

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