memento mori

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Noun[edit]

memento mori

  1. An emblematic object or personal ornament, such as a skull, used as a reminder of one's mortality.
    • 1995, Klein, Richard, “Introduction”, in Cigarettes are sublime, Paperback edition, Durham: Duke University Press, published 1993, ISBN 0-8223-1641-2, OCLC 613939086, page 8:
      The series of moments [which] the clock records is not only a succession of “nows” but a memento mori diminishing the number of seconds that remain before death.

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Phrase[edit]

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memento mori

  1. (literally) Be mindful of dying.
  2. (idiomatic) Do not forget that you are only human.