Dusty Phrases

Hi! Welcome to “Dusty Phrases.” You will find a phrase below, in one ancient language or another, along with its English translation. You may also find the power to inspire your friends or provoke dread among your enemies.

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In absentia lucis, Tenebrae vincunt.


In the absence of light, darkness prevails.

This popular Latin phrase is very reminiscent (for me, at least) of a passage from the Latin (Vulgate) Bible.

John 1:5 et lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non conprehenderunt (which translate to “and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.”) Perhaps a Roman Christian noted the similarities between the two at some point.