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