Horace Quotes

Carpe diem – Seize the day.

A picture is a poem without words.

He who has begun is half done.

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

Rule your mind or it will rule you.

Life is short, and art long.

He who is soon angry will be angry often.

One wanders to avoid oneself.

He who is greedy is always in want.

While we’re talking, envious time is fleeing: seize the day, place in the hours that come as little faith as you can.

The one thing that does not abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

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

The highest wisdom is constant cheerfulness.

The fox changes his fur but not his habits.

A wise man will be master of his mind, a fool will be its slave.

No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. – It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.

Men do not value a good unless there is some trouble in obtaining it.

All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring vanishing pointlessness.

Our virtue lies in our will, and not in our strength… It is to will, and to do, the good we share.

The falls of evils are terrible as it were to devour… Though these threatened things be but shadows and empty ciphers, they are yet of terrific aspect.

Human destinies ever open in advance of our time, a fearful chink through which a pouring light falls in stream upon humanity.

To have the gift of being able to make men believe, upon conviction, what we affirm, is no small advantage.

Time will bring to conclusion whatever necessarily severed friendship.

What people are ashamed to be, they ought not be.

Interpretation is nothing, if faith be not first presupposed.

Great enemies often are wont to call in the aid of him whom they hate against him whom they fear.

I am neither pleased nor displeased, neither beaming with joy nor devoured by chagrin.

He is a man, who from a desire of glory or fear, can bring himself to endure troubles, dangers, and toils… the cause of all effeminacy.

He who has many friends lacks friends.

The darkness handles his riches in the light, the fool with his eyes squeezed shut.

Bear, nursing mother, that the blind have feared. Behind shadowy fears and idle threats, what might there not be?

Truth has nothing to fear from open and free debate.

These emotions which excess will not suffer me to contain.

We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made yet holier by dangers shared.

Misfortune lays low the evil-minded, but the just man, when he is struck, rises up stronger and taller.

A cup of wisdom from God’s hand.

Far from personal matters let me set my countenance and my ears.

The darkness handles his riches in the light, the fool with his eyes squeezed shut.

What can banish fear of death from men’s thoughts sooner than the gifts abundance has heaped on you?

If vice escapes vice cannot go scot-free.

The money flies from him; but ever drags the whirlpool in its train.

Combine the useful with the true.

The fault of the thief but the sentence of the king.

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