Attributed to Julius Caesar by Plutarch, Caesar 10.
Translated loosely as "because even the wife of Caesar may not be suspected".
From Cicero's Ad Catilinam speech to the Roman Senate regarding the conspiracy of Catiline: quo usque tandem abutere Catilina patientia nostra ("For how much longer, Catiline, will you abuse our patience? If an important person does something, it does not necessarily mean that everyone can do it (cf. Iovi (also commonly rendered Jovi) is the dative form of Iuppiter ("Jupiter" or "Jove"), the chief god of the Romans.
Usually translated less literally, as "Who watches the watchmen?
" This translation is a common epigraph, such as of the Tower Commission and Alan Moore's Watchmen comic book series.
Originally described all that was needed for emperors to placate the Roman mob.
Today used to describe any entertainment used to distract public attention from more important matters. Said of a word that occurs several times in a cited texts.
Similar to the less common omnia dicta fortiora si dicta latina.
From Juvenal's On Women, originally referring to the practice of having eunuchs guard women and beginning with the word sed ("but").
A motto of the Protestant Reformation inscribed on the Reformation Wall in Geneva, Switzerland. A common theological term, such as in the cosmological argument, based on the assumption that God was the first entity to "move" or "cause" anything.
A former motto of Chile, replaced by the current one, Por la Razón o la Fuerza (Spanish: "By Right or Might"). Aristotle was one of the first philosophers to discuss the "uncaused cause", a hypothetical originator—and violator of—causality. Often falsely attributed to the Hippocratic Oath, though its true source is probably a paraphrase from Hippocrates' Epidemics, where he wrote, "Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future; practice these acts.
In the ensuing trial, allegations arose that Pompeia and Clodius were having an affair, and while Caesar asserted that this was not the case and no substantial evidence arose suggesting otherwise, he nevertheless divorced, with this quotation as explanation.