vox audita perit litera scripta manet

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • Res audita perit, litera scripta manet: A thing heard perishes; the written letter remains.
  • Litera scripta manet, verbum ut inane perit: The written letter remains, as the empty word perishes.
  • Littera scripta manet, volat irrevocabile verbum: The written word remains, the spoken word flies away, not to be recalled.
  • Vox emissa volat, litera scripta manet": While words spoken may fly away, what is written remains.
    • 2001, Michael Hancher, "Littera scripta manet: Blackstone and Electronic Text", Studies in Bibliography, Volume 54, pp. 116-133, at pp. 118-19.
  • Verba volant, scripta manent.


(Classical) IPA(key): /woːks au̯ˈdiː.ta ˈpe.rit ˈliː.te.ra ˈskriːp.ta ˈma.net/, [woːks au̯ˈdiː.ta ˈpɛ.rɪt ˈliː.tɛ.ra ˈskriːp.ta ˈma.nɛt]


vōx audīta perit lītera scrīpta manet

  1. A heard voice perishes, but the written letter remains.