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Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65-8 BC ,  Roman poet
HoraceQuintus Horatius Flaccus was an outstanding Latin lyric poet and satirist under the emperor Augustus. The most frequent themes of his Odes and verse Epistles are love, friendship, philosophy, and the art of poetry.

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Do you count your birthdays with gratitude?

Struggling to be brief I become obscure.

Anger is a momentary madness so control your passion or it will control you.

Mediocrity in poets has never been tolerated by either men, or gods, or booksellers.

Some faults may claim forgiveness.

Conquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium.

He is not poor who has enough of things to use. If it is well with your belly, chest and feet, the wealth of kings can give you nothing more.

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

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

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

I have made a monument more lasting than bronze.

It is sweet and honorable to die for one's country.

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

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

It is not sufficient to combine
Well-chosen words in a well-ordered line.

Latin Quotes

Seize the day.

Carpe diem.

Nothing is blessed in every part

Nihil est ab omni parte beatum.

Never despair.

Nil desperandum!

Take nobody's word for it.

Nullius in verba.

Splendidly false.

Splendide mendax.

I shall not wholly die.

Non omnis moriar.

We are but dust and shadow.

Pulvis et umbra sumus.

One night awaits everyone.

Omnes una manet nox.

War hated by mothers…

Bellaque matribus detestata…

Leave all else to the gods.

Permitte divis cetera.

In the middle of things.

In medias res.

Quotes in Verse

Enjoy the present smiling hour,
And put it out of Fortune's power.


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