"Sunt lacrimae rerum"
Bust of Virgil in Naples
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By all accounts devilishly tricky to translate, but might go something like 'there are tears for things'. This may seem a little arbitrary, but placed in its literary context it makes more sense. The phrase comes from Book I of Virgil's The Aenied in which the protagonist, whilst crying over murals of the war dead, utters some of the most resonant words in all world literature: "sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt". This has been translated as "The world is a world of tears, and the burdens of mortality touch the heart."