quot homines tot sententiæ

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin, echoing line 454 of Terence’s Phormio:[1] quot (how many) + hominēs (“men”, “people”; nominative plural form of homō: “man”, “person”) + tot (so many) + sententiae (“opinions”, “thoughts”; nominative plural form of sententia: “opinion”, “thought”).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): [ˌkʷot ˈhomineːs ˌtot senˈtentiai]
  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: kwŏt' hŏʹmĭnāz tŏt' sĕntĕnʹtĭī, IPA(key): /ˌkwɒt ˈhɒmɪneɪz ˌtɒt sɛnˈtɛntɪaɪ/
  • (US) enPR: kwŏt' hŏʹmĭnāz tŏt' sĕntĕnʹtiī', IPA(key): /ˌkwɑt ˈhɑmɪneɪz ˌtɑt sɛnˈtɛntiˌaɪ/

Phrase[edit]

quot homines tot sententiæ

  1. There are as many opinions as there are people who hold them.
    • 1995: Brian Vickers, William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, page 133
      Different auditors, as he observes, have different habitudes; so that, were we to put this assertion to the proof by particular applications, we should possibly find quot homines tot sententiæ.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phormio, by Terence (161 BC), line 454
      quot homines tot sententiae: suo’ quoique mos
        as many men, so many minds: to every one his own way