The begining of the full Latin phrase: "tempus fugit, memento mori
Time flies away, death ought to be remembered.
is written on the banner of the Knights of Columbus
, and thereby has accompanied countless beef and beer
games, and wedding receptions
In the Middle Ages
, this sentiment was reinforced by macbre
images, memento mori
, of corpses
, skeletons, death heads, and graphic depictions of decomposition; these were intended to frighten the viewer into remembering the briefness of this life, and the coming dissolution
of the body.
A French doctor, in the service of King Louis VI(around 1130), had this inscription, his memento mori
, engraved into the cloister of Saint-Victor in Paris
What we were, you are. What we are, you will become...