Facts about Horace

Summary

Horace was a famous Poet from Rome, who lived between 65 BC and 8 BC.

Biography

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, usually just called Horace (born in Venusia), were among the most prominent Roman poets and a major literary theorist.

He is the son of a freed slave, moved as a boy to Rome, and was studying together with the sons of the wealthiest noble families. He had also Cilnius Gaius Maecenas as patrons, and became one of the most famous poets of Rome under Augustus. He wrote Epoderna, Epistles, Sermonerna, Oderna, Carmen Seculare and Ars Poetica.

Our collection contains 84 quotes who is written / told by Horace, under the main topics: Anger, Art, Dad, Wisdom.

Related authors: Augustus, Pierre Corneille, Juvenal

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace

Famous quotes by Horace (84)


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"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"
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"Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even"
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"He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin"
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"I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me"
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"Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person"
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"When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed"
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"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"
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"Mountains will go into labour, and a silly little mouse will be born"
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"Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least"
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"If matters go badly now, they will not always be so"
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"Whatever advice you give, be short"
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"Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow"
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"The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor"
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"Make a good use of the present"
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"What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye"
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"Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze"
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"You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all"
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"You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren"
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"You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back"
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"Words will not fail when the matter is well considered"
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"Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone"
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"Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?"
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"Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?"
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"Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace"
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"Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers"
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"To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it"
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"Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor"
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"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"
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"The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet"
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"The pen is the tongue of the mind"
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"The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do"
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"The man is either mad, or he is making verses"
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"The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain"
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"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes"
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"Poets wish to profit or to please"
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"Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings"
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"Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings"
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"Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things"
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"One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions"
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"Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled"
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"O imitators, you slavish herd!"
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"Nothing's beautiful from every point of view"
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"No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water"
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"No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers"
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"Knowledge without education is but armed injustice"
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"It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while"
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"It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire"
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"It is your business when the wall next door catches fire"
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"It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure"
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"It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed"
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"It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit"
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"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"
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"It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity"
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"It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country"
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"He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses"
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"He tosses aside his paint-pots and his words a foot and a half long"
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"He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass"
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"He has the deed half done who has made a beginning"
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"He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world"
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"He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful"
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"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"
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"Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing"
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"Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much"
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"Fidelity is the sister of justice"
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"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"
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"Every old poem is sacred"
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"Don't think, just do"
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"Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it"
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"Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing"
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"Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth"
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"Begin, be bold and venture to be wise"
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"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"
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"Anger is a short madness"
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"Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score"
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"Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it"
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"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant"
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"A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably"
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"A word once uttered can never be recalled"
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"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"
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"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"
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"A picture is a poem without words"
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"A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius"
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"A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune"
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"A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient"


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