respice finem

respice finem

A Latin phrase meaning "look to the end." Don't make an impulsive decision that will hurt you later—respice finem.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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Trinity's motto Respice Finem ('Look to the end') guides them as always to keep her honour and remain the best school of all.
Throughout the narrative of his professional and domestic highs and lows, Ivan's unexamined life is presented as devoid of any meaning and in complete defiance of the Latin inscription, "respice finem" ("remember the end"), dangling ironically from his watchchain (2:256).
Respice finem! ("Consider the end"), the Romans used to say.
"Respice Finem: The Literary Criticism of Giovanni Gentile." Italica 47 (1970): 3-27.
A "capable, cheerful, good-natured and sociable man" with a new watch-medallion that reads respice finem (regard the end), getting ready to be executed piecemeal by Tolstoy.
Perimpanayagam in his Grade Seven (or Form Two in those days) English class at Trinity College, Kandy Sri Lanka took immense pride in teaching English in this elite school whose motto was 'respice finem' or 'look to the end'.