Latin engravings for clocks and watches
Watches and sundials are traditionally seen as triggers for philosophical contemplation and hence inscriptions with deep meaning.
ALIIS INSERVIENDO CONSUMOR - By serving others, I am worn away Note that although originally a sundial inscription, this phrase actually makes a lot more sense for a clock mechanism, it also indicates a particular philosophy of life.
ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS - Art lasts, life is short
ASPICE ET ABI - Look (at me) and pass on
DEO FAVENTE - With God's favor
DEUS ADEST LABORANTIBUS - God favors the diligent
DIES DIEM TRUDIT - Each day forces out another day
DISCE DIES NUMERARE TUOS - Learn to value your days
DUM SPECTAS FUGIO - I flee even as you observe me
EX HOC MOMENTO PENDET AETERNITAS - Eternity is hinged upon this moment
FESTINA LENTE - Make haste slowly There is actually a company called Festina that makes clocks and watches. In my opinion, only the complete quote makes sense. Who would want a clock that is too fast? The phrase indicates a perfect balance that must be achieved in a clock and in life.
HINC VIVERE DISCE - Learn to live by this example
HORA PARS VITAE - Every hour is a part of life
ITA VITA - Thus (passes) life
LABOR IPSE VOLUPTAS - Labor contains pleasure
NE QUID PEREAT - Let nothing be lost
NON NOBIS NATI SUMUS - We are not born for ourselves
NON REDIBO - I shall not return
NOSCE TEIPSUM - Know thyself
OMNIA FALCE METIT TEMPUS - Time reaps everything with its sickle
OMNIA FERT AETAS - Time brings all things
POST TENEBRAS SPERO LUCEM - I hope for light after darkness
QUID CELERIUS TEMPORE? - What is swifter than time?
SAPIENTIS EST NUMERARE - It is the wise who count
SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI - Thus passes the glory of this world
ULTIMA DECIDET - The last one decides
UMBRA DEI - The shadow of God
VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA - Truth is the daughter of time
VIGILATE & ORATE, TEMPUS FUGIT - Be vigilant and pray, for the time hastes away