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Hello! I am huge into language study and also into quotes! I have a quote that I would love to have translated as closely/literally into Latin as possible! Thank you so much for your expertise!!
"To conquer the world I must first master myself"
Also if you could retranslate it back into English for me to tell me how it translates that would be great!

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Hello,

the best Latin translations of the sentence "To conquer the world I must first master myself" are  the following:

1-“Si mihi ipsi imperabo, mundo imperabo”
(literally, “If I’ll master myself, I'll master the world”).

2-”Qui sibi imperat, mundo imperabit”
(literally, “He who masters himself will master the world”)


Moreover I can suggest an original quotation from Seneca, Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, Epistle 113, line 31, that reads :”Imperare sibi maximum imperium est” meaning:” To have power over oneself is the greatest power”/”To rule himself is the greatest power”.

In short, since  a literal translation of “To conquer the world I must first master myself” would sound not so good in Latin and so I do not want to use it, you can use one of the Latin sentences I’ve written above.

[Read more below].

Best regards,

Maria
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Note that:

-SI(conjunction) = if
-MIHI IPSI (reflexive pronoun,dative depending on the verb IMPERO ) = myself
-IMPERABO (1st.person singular, future indicative of IMPERO ) = I will master
-MUNDO (dative of MUNDUS, 2nd declension) = the world
-IMPERABO (1st.person singular, future indicative of IMPERO)= I will master
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-QUI (nominative case, relative pronoun) =he who
-SIBI (reflexive pronoun,dative case depending on the verb IMPERO) =himself
-IMPERAT (3rd.person singular, present indicative of IMPERO) = masters
-MUNDO (dative of MUNDUS, 2nd declension) = the world
-IMPERABIT (3rd.person singular, future indicative of IMPERO) = will master
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-IMPERARE (present infinitive  of IMPERO) = to have power/to rule
-SIBI (reflexive pronoun,dative case depending on the verb IMPERO) =over oneself/ himself
-MAXIMUM (nominative neuter of the superlative adjective MAXIMUS agreed with IMPERIUM) = the greatest
-IMPERIUM (nominative, neuter noun, 2nd declension) = power
-EST(3rd person singular, present indicative of SUM, I am) = is


As you can see, Latin word order is different from English as Latin is an inflected language where syntactical relationships are indicated by the endings of each term, not by the order of the words.

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