All Or Nothing Day

llustration by Steve Worthington

llustration by Steve Worthington

All Or Nothing Day is celebrated on July 26th of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of All Or Nothing Day.

The Latin phrase “aut Caesar aut nihil” translates to “either Caesar or nothing” which indicates that the only valid possibility is to be emperor, or a similarly prominent position. More generally, “all or nothing”. Cesare Borgia adopted this phrase a s a personal motto.

Cesare Borgia (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃɛzare ˈbɔrdʒa]; Spanish: César Borja, [ˈθe.sar ˈβor.xa]; 13 September 1475 or April 1476 – 12 March 1507), Duke of Valentinois, was an Italian condottiero, nobleman, politician, and cardinal. He was the son of Pope Alexander VI and his long-term mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei. He was the brother of Lucrezia Borgia; Giovanni Borgia (Juan), Duke of Gandia; and Gioffre Borgia (Jofré in Catalan), Prince of Squillace. He was half-brother to Don Pedro Luis de Borja (1460–88) and Girolama de Borja, children of unknown mothers.

Illustration Credit: Steve Worthington | Sculpture Blog