Horace Quotes

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.Lat., Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow.
Patience makes lighter What sorrow may not heal.
He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum, Multa recedentes adimiunt. (The years, as they come, bring many agreeable things with them as they go, they take many away.)
I strive to be brief, and become obscure.
Pale death knocks with impartial foot at poor men's hovels and king's palaces.
Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in tomorrow.
To save a man's life against his will is the same as killing him.
He's happy who, far away from business, like the races of men of old, tills his ancestral fields with his own oxen, unbound by any interest to pay.
Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.(When I labor to be brief, I become obscure.)
Dum loquimur invida aetas fugerit. (While we talk, hostile time flies away)
Whatever your advice, make it brief.
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque revenit. (You may drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will nevertheless come back.)
In the midst of hopes and cares, of apprehensions and of disquietude, regard every day that dawns upon you as if it was to be your last then super-added hours, to the enjoyment of which you had not looked forward, will prove an acceptable boon.
Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
You have played enough you have eaten and drunk enough. Now it is time for you to depart.
Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own He who secure within can say Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
The appearance of right oft leads us wrong.
He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.
Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.
Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that fate allows you.
He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.
If you wish me to weep, you must mourn first yourself.
I will not add another word.
Faults are soon copied.
Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
With silence favor me.
It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
Think to yourself that every day is your last the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.
Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, but any means money.
The covetous man is ever in want.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise begin
The years as they pass plunder us of one thing after another.
There is a measure in everything. There are fixed limits beyond which and short of which right cannot find a resting place.
He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure.
Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.
It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonor worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland.
In adversity remember to keep an even mind.
Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.
Mix a little foolishness with your prudence It's good to be silly at the right moment.
Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.
Many brave men lived before Agamemnon but all are overwhelmed in eternal night, unwept, unknown, because they lack a sacred poet.
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
There is measure in all things.
We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.
With you I should love to live, with you be ready to die.
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