mens sana in corpore sano

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


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /mens ˈsaː.na in ˈ ˈsaː.noː/, [mẽːs̠ ˈs̠äːnä ɪn ˈkɔrpɔɾɛ ˈs̠äːnoː]
  • (Vulgar) IPA(key): /mens ˈsaː.na in ˈ ˈsaː.no/, [mens ˈsaːna ɪn ˈkɔrpoɾe ˈsaːno]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /mens ˈ in ˈ ˈ, [mɛns ˈsɑːnɑ in ˈkɔrpɔɾɛ ˈsɑːnɔ]


mēns sāna in corpore sānō

  1. A healthy mind in a healthy body.
    • 1st–2nd c.Juvenal, Saturae, Book IV, X, line 356.
      ōrandum est ut sit mēns sāna in corpore sānō
      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.