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Hello Maria,

may I please ask you for an English translation of the following:

Felicissimum ingenium, diligentia ingenio non satis congrua, progressus satis magnus, mores pueriles.

The phrase appears in a biography of Joseph Görres and it is definitely NOT for homework or a tattoo. :-)

Tank you for your time and assistance!


The sentence “Felicissimum ingenium, diligentia ingenio non satis congrua, progressus satis magnus, mores pueriles”, that we read in a certificate, which  the German writer and journalist Johann Joseph von Görres received on the completion of his course at the Latin school in August 1789,  translates as follows:

“A very fruitful intelligence, a diligence not so adequate  for this  intelligence,a great enough progress, youthful manners.”

In short, this judgment about skills of Görres as a student in a German preparatory school, where he had studied Latin, points out that he is a boy blessed with a great intelligence, though his diligence is not so adequate  for this  intelligence.  Anyway he  has made a great deal of progress and his social relations  with his companions and fellow students are pleasant, due to his kindliness and cordiality.

Best regards,

Note that:

-Felicissimum (nominative neuter singular, superlative of FELIX agreeing with INGENIUM)= A very fruitful

-ingenium (nominative case, neuter noun, 2nd declension)= intelligence

-diligentia (nominative case, feminine noun, 1st declension)= a diligence

-ingenio (dative of INGENIUM depending on the adjective CONGRUA) = for his intelligence

-non satis (adverb) = not so/not enough

-congrua (nominative feminine of the adjective CONGRUUS agreeing with DILIGENTIA)= adequate

-progressus (nominative masculine singular, 4th declension) =progress

-satis (adverb) = enough

-magnus (nominative masculine singular agreeing with PROGRESSUS) = great

-mores (nominative plural of the masculine noun MOS, 3rd declension) = manners

-pueriles (nominative masculine plural of the adjective PUERILIS agreeing with MORES)= youthful


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