quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi

what is permitted to Jupiter is not permitted to an ox

Notes

If an important person does something, it does not necessarily mean that everyone can do it (cf. double standard). Iovi (also commonly rendered Jovi) is the dative form of Iuppiter ("Jupiter" or "Jove"), the chief god of the Romans.

Words

  • quodbecause, that, the fact that, the point that, what, whereas, which
  • licetalthough, granted that, imper v, it is allowed, it is right, just, one may or can
  • nonnot