Horace - Quotes

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

A picture is a poem without words. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

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

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

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

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

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

Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score. ---->>>

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

Fidelity is the sister of justice. ---->>>

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

Life is largely a matter of expectation. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death. ---->>>

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

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance. ---->>>

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.

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

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

You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren. ---->>>

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. ---->>>

Anger is a short madness.

Anger is a short madness.

Don't think, just do. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. ---->>>

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

Nothing's beautiful from every point of view. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.

Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.

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

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

Whatever advice you give, be short. ---->>>

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

Begin, be bold and venture to be wise. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing. ---->>>

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

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

Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things. ---->>>

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

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

A word once uttered can never be recalled. ---->>>

Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

O imitators, you slavish herd! ---->>>

In labouring to be concise, I become obscure. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

He tosses aside his paint-pots and his words a foot and a half long. ---->>>

In adversity remember to keep an even mind. ---->>>

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

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

Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.

Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.

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

We are just statistics, born to consume resources. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar - that I call an achievement. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while. ---->>>

Knowledge without education is but armed injustice. ---->>>

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

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

I strive to be brief but I become obscure. ---->>>

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

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

A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably. ---->>>

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

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least. ---->>>

Every old poem is sacred. ---->>>

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

I teach that all men are mad. ---->>>

Subdue your passion or it will subdue you. ---->>>

Labor diligently to increase your property. ---->>>

Leave the rest to the gods. ---->>>

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

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

Make a good use of the present. ---->>>

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

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

We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others. ---->>>

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

Poets wish to profit or to please. ---->>>

We are free to yield to truth. ---->>>

Words will not fail when the matter is well considered. ---->>>

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

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

The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice. ---->>>

Biography

Name: Horace
Nationality: Roman
Born: 65 BC
Birthplace:
Die: 8 BC
Occupation: Poet
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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (December 8, 65 BC – November 27, 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace ( or ), was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus (also known as Octavian). The rhetorician Quintilian regarded his Odes as just about the only Latin lyrics worth reading: "He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words (wikipedia)