What I feel for you is hard to explain

Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by kampioen, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. kampioen New Member


    I'm new here. But i've got a question.. I will set a new tattoo. But the problem is, I don't know the right translation. So I thought maybe can help someone here..

    The text is: What I feel for you is hard to explain

  2. asanga Junior Member

    I'd suggest a quote from one of the greatest Latin poets, Catullus:

    nescio sed fieri sentio

    "I don't know why, but I feel it happening"

    from his most famous poem, Odi et amo.
  3. kampioen New Member

    Ah thanks. But it isn't what I want.. If you know what I mean
  4. Scholiast

    Scholiast Senior Member


    asanga's suggestion (# 2) was really rather good, with the merit both of epigrammatic brevity and classical pedigree.

    But if kampioen wants something more literal, here it is:

    quo modo te habeam, vix explicari licet.

    could be substituted for licet, but it feels still clumsy.

    I remain unsure what kampioen is looking for.


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