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  1. Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.


  2. Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.


  3. Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.Lat., Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow.


  4. Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.




  5. Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.


  6. Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.


  7. A picture is a poem without words.


  8. It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.


  9. Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.


  10. Life gives nothing to man without labor.


  11. Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.


  12. A good scare is worth more than good advice.


  13. He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.


  14. Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.


  15. Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's house is in flames.


  16. He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.


  17. Anger is a brief lunacy.


  18. Whatever advice you give, be short.

    • advice

  19. Gold will be slave or master.


  20. A word once uttered can never be recalled.

    • words

  21. Make a good use of the present.


  22. Live as brave men and face adversity with stout hearts.


  23. Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.


  24. Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

    • anger

  25. Believe that each day that shines on you is your last.


  26. I am not bound over to swear allegiance to any master; where the storm drives me I turn in for shelter.


  27. The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.

    • anger

  28. He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.


  29. Be ever on your guard what you say of anybody and to whom.


  30. You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.



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    Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.


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    A picture is a poem without words.


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What are the best adversity quotes by Horace?


    Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

    • adversity

    Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

    • adversity

    The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.

    • adversity

    As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.

    • adversity

    A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

    • adversity

    It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.


    In adversity remember to keep an even mind.

    • adversity

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What are the best life quotes by Horace?


    Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.

    • experience

    He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.

    • life

    Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.

    • life

    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.


    Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.


    It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.

    • life

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What are the best anger quotes by Horace?


    Anger is a brief lunacy.

    • anger

    Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

    • anger

    The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.

    • anger

    Anger is short madness

    • anger

    My liver swells with bile difficult to repress.

    • anger

    Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.

    • anger

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What are the best authors quotes by Horace?


    You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.

    • authors

    Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.

    • authors

    Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.

    • authors

    The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.

    • authors

    One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.

    • authors

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    You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.

    • authors

    Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.

    • authors

    Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.

    • authors

    The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.

    • authors

    One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.

    • authors

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Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.


Life is largely a matter of expectation.


Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?


He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.

  • actions



Tear thyself from delay.


Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

  • adversity

Patience makes lighter What sorrow may not heal.


Remember, when life's path is steep, to keep your mind even.


When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.


The foolish are like ripples on water, For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced; But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, For their smallest act is durable.


We are just statistics, born to consume resources.


Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.

  • authors

I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.


Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.

  • authors

Take away the danger and remove the restraint, and wayward nature runs free.


Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.


Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.


Anger is short madness

  • anger

If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.


It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.


If a better system is thine, impart it; if not, make use of mine.


It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.


You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.


The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.

  • adversity

In peace, as a wise man, he should make suitable preparation for war.


They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.


The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime.

  • bravery

He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.


Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.


He will be loved when dead, who was envied when he was living.


He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.

  • life

Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.


The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.


The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.

  • authors

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?


No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.


You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.


It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.

  • neighbors

A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.

  • justice

We are free to yield to truth.

  • freedom

When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.


Punishment closely follows guilt as its companion.


Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person


I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head.


What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.


To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.


Let us my friends snatch our opportunity from the passing day.


As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.

  • adversity

If you wish me to weep, you must first show grief yourself.


He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.

  • actions

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.


Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.


It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.


Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent.


One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.

  • authors

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.

  • anyone

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

  • mind

While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.


Pale death with an impartial foot knocks at the hovels of the poor and the palaces of king.


The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice.

  • virtue

Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.


He that has given today may, if he so please, take away tomorrow.


Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.


Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.

  • death

Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.

  • life

Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.


Those that are little, little things suit.


I shall not wholly die, and a great part of me will escape the grave.

  • death

One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.


The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.


I teach that all men are mad.


Youth is unduly busy with pampering the outer person.


Labor diligently to increase your property.

  • work

He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.


How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot of which he has chosen or which chance has thrown his way, but praises those who follow a different course?


Carpe diem. (Odes: I.11)


Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

  • ambition

There is nothing assured to mortals.


If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.

  • fortune

The man is either mad, or he is making verses.

  • poetry

Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.


Strange - is it not? That of the myriads who Before us passed the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.


How great, my friends, is the virtue of living upon a little!


What fugitive from his country can also escape from himself.


Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.


Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.


My liver swells with bile difficult to repress.

  • anger

The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor.


Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.


In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.

  • become

Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze.


No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.

  • poetry

In the word of no master am I bound to believe.


Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

  • work

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

  • adversity

Leave the rest to the gods.


Every old poem is sacred.

  • poetry

One night awaits all, and death's path must be trodden once and for all.

  • death

A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.

  • virtue

It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire.


This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.


The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.


He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.


If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.


Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.


The years as they pass plunder us of one thing after another.


Poets wish to profit or to please.

  • poetry

Ut haec ipsa qui non sentiat deorum vim habere is nihil omnino sensurus esse videatur. If any man cannot feel the power of God when he looks upon the stars, then I doubt whether he is capable of any feeling at all.


The poets aim is either to profit or to please, or to blend in one the delightful and the useful. Whatever the lesson you would convey, be brief, that your hearers may catch quickly what is said and faithfully retain it. Every superfluous word is spilled from the too-full memory.


Mountains will go into labour, and a silly little mouse will be born.

  • born

I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.

  • people

A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.


A jest often decides matters of importance more effectual and happily than seriousness.


In adversity remember to keep an even mind.

  • adversity

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.

  • future

Fierce eagles do not produce timorous doves.


Sweet and glorious it is to die for our country.


Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of themselves, who neither poverty, death or captivity terrify, who is strong to resist his appetites and shun honors, and is complete in themselves smooth and round like a globe.

  • freedom

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.

  • death

A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.


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When was Horace birthday? Horace was born on December 8, 65 BC.

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