Q – Horace

Quintus Horatius Flaccus circa 65 – 8BC was a Roman lyric poet during the reign of Emperor Augustus.

His career coincided with Rome’s historic change from a republic to an empire and Horace became a spokesman for the new Rome.

 

‘Carpe Diem’ (seize the day)

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‘Begin, be bold and venture to be wise’

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‘The pen is the tongue of the mind’

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‘A picture is a poem without words’

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‘Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work’

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

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‘Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone’

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‘He who postpones the hour of living, is like the rustic who rightly waits for the river to run out before he crosses’

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

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

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‘We are just statistics, born to consume resources’

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‘Poets wish to profit or to please’

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‘Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow’

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

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‘Nothing’s beautiful from every point of view’

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‘Fortune makes a fool of those she favours too much’

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‘Subdue your passion or it will subdue you’

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‘Life is largely a matter of expectation’

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‘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’

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‘Remember, when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even’

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

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‘Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things’

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‘Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers’

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‘We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others’

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‘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’

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‘Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings’

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‘Anger is a short madness’

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‘I strive to be brief, but I become obscure’

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

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‘It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one’s country’

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‘Knowledge without education is but armed injustice’

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‘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’

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‘Don’t think, just do’

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‘What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye’

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