Posted by: bluesyemre | May 7, 2014

Verba volant, scripta manent

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Verba volant, scripta manent is a Latin proverb. Literally translated, it means “spoken words fly away, written words remain”. This phrase seems to come from a speech of Caius Titus of the Roman Senate, who suggests that spoken words might easily be forgotten, but written documents can always be conclusive in public matters. A related meaning is that if two people want to establish a formal agreement about something, it is better to put it in writing, rather than just having a oral agreement.


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