Horace Quotes

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.

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

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.

That best of blessings, a contented mind.

There are lessons to be learned from a stupid man.

Rule your mind or it will rule you.

A good scare is worth more than good advice.

Be modest in speech, but excel in action.

No poem was ever written by a drinker of water.

Unless the vessel be pure, everything which is poured into it will turn sour.

The common people are but ill judges of a man’s merits; they are slaves to fame, and their eyes are dazzled with the pomp of titles and large retinue. No wonder, then, that they bestow their honors on those who least deserve them.

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

Get money first; virtue comes after.

He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune has lost the arms of reason and deserted the post of virtue.

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

Remember to be calm in adversity.

Dare to begin! He who postpones living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.

Money, as it increases, becomes either the master or the slave of ts owner.

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

Don’t just think, do.

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

When you have well thought out your subject, words will come spontaneously.

Virtue lies half way between two opposite vices.

Remember to keep the mind calm in difficult moments.

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and to take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
[Lat., Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere: et
Quem Fors dierum cunque dabit, lucro