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92 Great Quotes By Horace, The Celebrated Roman Poet And Satirist

Famous As: Leading Roman Lyric Poet During the Time of Augustus
Born On: December 8, 65
Died On: November 27, 8
Born In: Venosa, Italy
Died At Age: -58
Quintus Horatius Flaccus, who is popularly referred to as Horace by English speaking people was a Roman poet, soldier and government servant in ancient Rome, who lived between 65 BC and 8 BC. He rose to prominence during the rule of Augustus. Horace is famous for writing satires, epistles and iambic poetry in Latin that made him an extremely well-known poet during his lifetime. However, poetry was not his life’s ambition. He had been in the republican army that had been defeated and was granted asylum by Augustus. He managed to get a job as a public notary in Rome that gave him ample time to work on his poems. Horace became a renowned poet in ancient Rome due to his refreshingly sardonic and sarcastic style. Persius, who had also been a Satirist in ancient Rome, praised Horace’s style in effusive terms. Some of his most distinguished works include ‘Odes’, ‘The Art Of Poetry’ and Satires. Horace was indeed a man of dry wit and a great sense of humor. Many of his words have become quite famous as his quotes and thoughts and are quoted extensively. His thoughts and quotations tackle the most serious and sensitive topics in a lighter tone. Here are few of Horace’s notable quotes and sayings.
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Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are but dust and shadow.)

Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are but dust and shadow.)

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Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.

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Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.
(They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.)

Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt. (They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.)

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Rule your mind or it will rule you.

Rule your mind or it will rule you.

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Anger is a brief madness.

Anger is a brief madness.

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Pactum serva

Pactum serva" - "Keep the faith

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He who is greedy is always in want

He who is greedy is always in want

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In love there are two evils: war and peace.

In love there are two evils: war and peace.

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

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

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A picture is a poem without words.

A picture is a poem without words.

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Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone

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

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

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Dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude

Dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude" ("He who has begun is half done: dare to know!").

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

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

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Without love and laughter there is no joy; live amid love and laughter.

Without love and laughter there is no joy; live amid love and laughter.

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

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

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Whatever advice you give, be brief.

Whatever advice you give, be brief.

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He who feared that he would not succeed sat still.

He who feared that he would not succeed sat still.

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Capture your reader, let him not depart, from dull beginnings that refuse to start

Capture your reader, let him not depart, from dull beginnings that refuse to start

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Virtue, dear friend, needs no defense,
The surest guard is innocence: 
None knew, till guilt created fear, 
What darts or poisoned arrows were

Virtue, dear friend, needs no defense, The surest guard is innocence: None knew, till guilt created fear, What darts or poisoned arrows were

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Now is the time to drink!

Now is the time to drink!

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Even as we speak, time speeds swiftly away.

Even as we speak, time speeds swiftly away.

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Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.

Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.

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Cease to ask what the morrow 
will bring forth, 
and set down as gain
each day that fortune grants.

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that fortune grants.

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You may drive out Nature with a pitchfork, yet she still will hurry back.

You may drive out Nature with a pitchfork, yet she still will hurry back.

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What we read with pleasure we read again with pleasure.

What we read with pleasure we read again with pleasure.

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How slight and insignificant is the thing which casts down or restores a mind greedy for praise.

How slight and insignificant is the thing which casts down or restores a mind greedy for praise.

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Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.

Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.

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Leave off asking what tomorrow will bring, and
whatever days fortune will give, count them
as profit.

Leave off asking what tomorrow will bring, and whatever days fortune will give, count them as profit.

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Faults are soon copied.

Faults are soon copied.

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Struggling to be brief I become obscure.

Struggling to be brief I become obscure.

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The man who is tenacious of purpose in a rightful cause is not shaken from his firm resolve by the frenzy of his fellow citizens clamoring for what is wrong, or by the tyrant's threatening countenance.

The man who is tenacious of purpose in a rightful cause is not shaken from his firm resolve by the frenzy of his fellow citizens clamoring for what is wrong, or by the tyrant's threatening countenance.

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What you have not published, you can destroy. The word once sent forth can never be recalled.

What you have not published, you can destroy. The word once sent forth can never be recalled.

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

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

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Then come at once and pause for breath
In chasing wealth. Remembering death
And death's dark fires, mix, while you may,
Method and madness, work and play.
 Folly is sweet, well-timed.

Then come at once and pause for breath In chasing wealth. Remembering death And death's dark fires, mix, while you may, Method and madness, work and play. Folly is sweet, well-timed.

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Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.

Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.

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Let him live under the open sky, and dangerously.

Let him live under the open sky, and dangerously.

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

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

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Treacherous ashes hide
The fires through which you stride

Treacherous ashes hide The fires through which you stride

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Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.

Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.

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You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers

You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers

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Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

(Pluck the day [for it is ripe], trusting as little as possible in tomorrow.)

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. (Pluck the day [for it is ripe], trusting as little as possible in tomorrow.)

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Of writing well, be sure, the secret lies
In wisdom :therefore study to be wise.

Of writing well, be sure, the secret lies In wisdom :therefore study to be wise.

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Humour is often stronger and more effective than sharpness in cutting knotty issues.

Humour is often stronger and more effective than sharpness in cutting knotty issues.

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

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

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

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

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Ira furor brevis est: animum rege: qui nisi paret imperat.

(Anger is a brief madness: govern your mind [temper], for unless it obeys it commands.)

Ira furor brevis est: animum rege: qui nisi paret imperat. (Anger is a brief madness: govern your mind [temper], for unless it obeys it commands.)

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He will through life be master of himself and a happy man who from day to day can have said,

He will through life be master of himself and a happy man who from day to day can have said, "I have lived: tomorrow the Father may fill the sky with black clouds or with cloudless sunshine.

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A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.

A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.

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Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, but any means money.

Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, but any means money.

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I had rather seem mad and a sluggard, so that my defects are agreeable to myself, or that I am not pinfully conscious of them, than be wise, and chaptious.

I had rather seem mad and a sluggard, so that my defects are agreeable to myself, or that I am not pinfully conscious of them, than be wise, and chaptious.

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This is a fault common to singers that among their friends they were never inclined to sing when they were asked, unasked they never desist.

This is a fault common to singers that among their friends they were never inclined to sing when they were asked, unasked they never desist.

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Mingle a dash of folly with your wisdom.

Mingle a dash of folly with your wisdom.

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It is not enough for poems to be beautiful; they must be affecting, and must lead the heart of the hearer as they will.

It is not enough for poems to be beautiful; they must be affecting, and must lead the heart of the hearer as they will.

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If you wish me to weep, you yourself
Must first feel grief.

If you wish me to weep, you yourself Must first feel grief.

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

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

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He gets every vote who combines the useful with the pleasant, and who, at the same time he pleases the reader, also instructs him.

He gets every vote who combines the useful with the pleasant, and who, at the same time he pleases the reader, also instructs him.

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Either stick to tradition or see that your inventions be consistent.

Either stick to tradition or see that your inventions be consistent.

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There are words and accents by which this grief can be assuaged, and the disease in a great measure removed.

There are words and accents by which this grief can be assuaged, and the disease in a great measure removed.

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Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

(Mountains are in labour, a ridiculous mouse will be born)

Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. (Mountains are in labour, a ridiculous mouse will be born)

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Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.

Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.

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Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

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As we speak, cruel time is fleeing. Seize the day, believing as little as possible in the morrow.

As we speak, cruel time is fleeing. Seize the day, believing as little as possible in the morrow.

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Surely a Man may speak Truth with a smiling countenance.

Surely a Man may speak Truth with a smiling countenance.

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A cultivated wit, one that badgers less, can persuade all the more. Artful ridicule can address contentious issues more competently and vigorously than can severity alone.

A cultivated wit, one that badgers less, can persuade all the more. Artful ridicule can address contentious issues more competently and vigorously than can severity alone.

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

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

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If you can realistically render
a cypress tree, would you include one when commissioned to paint
a sailor in the midst of a shipwreck?

If you can realistically render a cypress tree, would you include one when commissioned to paint a sailor in the midst of a shipwreck?

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

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

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You may thresh a hundred thousand bushels of grain, / But more than mine your belly will not contain.

You may thresh a hundred thousand bushels of grain, / But more than mine your belly will not contain.

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Finxerunt animi, raro et perpauca loquentis. (To action little, less to words inclinded.)

Finxerunt animi, raro et perpauca loquentis. (To action little, less to words inclinded.)

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Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret
et mala perrumpet furtim fastidia victrix. 
(Drive Nature out with a pitchfork, she'll come right back,
Victorious over your ignorant confident scorn.)

Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret et mala perrumpet furtim fastidia victrix. (Drive Nature out with a pitchfork, she'll come right back, Victorious over your ignorant confident scorn.)

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

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

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Captive Greece took captive her savage conquerer and brought the arts to rustic Latium

Captive Greece took captive her savage conquerer and brought the arts to rustic Latium

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Saepa stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint scripturas. (Turn the stylus [to erase] often if you would write something worthy of being reread.)

Saepa stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint scripturas. (Turn the stylus [to erase] often if you would write something worthy of being reread.)

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Natales grate numeras?

(Do you count your birthdays with gratitude?)

Natales grate numeras? (Do you count your birthdays with gratitude?)

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