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Could you translate this quote into Latin? It's from the movie Gladiator.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity"

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Hello,

here are three correct translations of “What we do in life echoes in eternity”:

1-“Quod in vita facimus, in aeternum  resonat “
[literal]

2-"Ut vivimus, sic in aeternum resonamus"
[as an aphorism, literally meaning “As we live, so we echoe in eternity”]

3-“Aeternitas  vitae resonat tamquam imago”
[as an imitation of  a Cicero's quote that  you can see  below].
This sentence literally means:”Eternity echoes as an image of our life”, i.e. “Eternity is as it were the very echo of our virtue”.

To sum up, you can choose the translation that you like best.

Read more below.

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Maria
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1-As for the literal translation of "What we do in life echoes in eternity", please note that:

-What = QUOD (relative pronoun, neuter)
-we do = FACIMUS (1st.person plural, present indicative of FACIO)
-in life = IN VITA (IN + the ablative of VITA, 1st.declension)
-echoes = RESONAT(3rd person singular, present indicative of RESONO)
-in eternity =  IN AETERNUM (adverbial expression)

2-As for "Ut vivimus, sic in aeternum resonamus" (literally, "As we live, so we echoe in eternity”) note that:

-UT (conjunction) = as
-VIVIMUS (1st.person plural, present indicative of VIVO) = we live
-SIC =so
-RESONAMUS (1st.person plural, present indicative of RESONO) = we echoe
-IN AETERNUM =in eternity


3-Finally as for “Aeternitas   vitae resonat tamquam imago” (literally meaning  “Eternity echoes as /like an image of our life ”), this translation is inspired by a sentence occurring in Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations, book III, chapter 2, where Cicero says: "Gloria virtuti résonat tamquam imago"(“Glory is as it were the very echo of our virtue”).

So:
-AETERNITAS (nominative, 3rd.declension) =eternity
-RESONAT (3rd.person singular, present indicative of RESONO) = echoes
-TAMQUAM (conjunction) =like/as
-IMAGO (nominative, 3rd.declension) = an image
-VITAE (dative/genitive of VITA, 1st.declension)=of [our] life

Latin word order can be different from English, for Latin is an inflected language where grammatical relationships are indicated by the ending, not by the order of the words.

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