mens sana in corpore sano

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

from the Roman poet Juvenal (Satire X, line 356).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /mens ˈsaː.na in ˈkor.po.re ˈsaː.noː/, [mẽːs ˈsaː.na ĩ ˈkɔr.pɔ.rɛ ˈsaː.noː]

Proverb[edit]

mēns sāna in corpore sānō

  1. A healthy mind in a healthy body.
    • 1st–2nd c.Juvenal, Saturae, Book IV, X, line 356.
      orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano
      You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body

Usage notes[edit]

Over time, the phrase has come to mean that only a healthy body can produce or sustain a healthy mind – and vice versa.