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118 Famous Quotes by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Let us seize, friends, our opportunity from the day as it passes. [Lat., Rapiamus, amici, Occasionem de die.]

Opportunity Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epodon (XIII, 3)

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For example, the tiny ant, a creature of great industry, drags with its mouth whatever it can, and adds it to the heap which she is piling up, not unaware nor careless of the future. [Lat., Parvula (nam exemplo est) magni formica laboris Ore trahit, quodcunque potest, atque addit acervo Quem struit; hand ignara ac non incauta futuri.]

Ants Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (bk. I, I, 33)

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A eulogist of past times. [Lat., Laudator temporis acti.]

Praise Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Ars Poetica (173)

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To please great men is not the last degree of praise. [Lat., Principibus placuisse viris non ultima laus est.]

Praise Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 17, 35)

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What will this boaster produce worthy of this mouthing? The mountains are in labor; a ridiculous mouse will be born. [Lat., Quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu? Parturiunt montes; nascetur ridiculus mus.]

Mountains Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Ars Poetica (138)

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In cold blood he leapt into burning Etna. [Lat., Ardentem frigidus Aetnam insiluit.]

Bravery Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Ars Poetica

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Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but, all unwept and unknown, are lost in the distant night, since they are without a divine poet (to chronicle their deeds). [Lat., Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona Multi; sed omnes illacrimabiles Urguentur ignotique sacro.]

Bravery Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Odes (bk. IV, IX, 25)

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He is a dangerous fellow, keep clear of him. (That is: he has hay on his horns, showing he is dangerous.) [Lat., Faenum habet in cornu, longe fuge.]

Prudence Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (I, IV, 34)

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Perhaps Providence by some happy change will restore those things to their proper places. [Lat., Deus haec fortasse benigna Reducet in sedem vice.]

Providence Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epodi (XIII, 7)

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He has hay on his horns. [Lat., Foenum habet in cornu.]

Anger Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (I, 4, 34)

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When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, one hundred.

Anger Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (I, 4, 34)

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Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind. [Lat., Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam.]

Teaching Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (IV, 4, 33)

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The trainer trains the docile horse to turn, with his sensitive neck, whichever way the rider indicates. [Lat., Fingit equum tenera docilem cervice magister Ire viam qua monstret eques.]

Teaching Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (bk. I, 2, 64)

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Noble descent and worth, unless united with wealth, are esteemed no more than seaweed. [Lat., Et genus et virtus, nisi cum re, vilior alga est.]

Wealth Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (II, 5, 8)

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They change their sky, not their mind, who cross the sea. A busy idleness possesses us: we seek a happy life, with ships and carriages: the object of our search is present with us. [Lat., Coelum, non animum mutant, qui trans mare currunt. Strenua nos exercet inertia, navibus atque Quadrigis petimus bene vivere; quod petis hic est.]

Traveling Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 11, 27)

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That man scorches with his brightness, who overpowers inferior capacities, yet he shall be revered when dead. [Lat., Urit enim fulgore suo qui praegravat artes Intra se positas; extinctus amabitur idem.]

Greatness Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (II, 1, 13)

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I am frightened at seeing all the footprints directed towards thy den, and none returning. [Lat., Quia ne vestigia terrent Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrosum.]

Fear Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 1, 74)

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Naked I seek the camp of those who desire nothing. [Lat., Nil cupientium Nudus castra peti.]

Desire Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (bk. III, 16, 22)

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For whom do you bind your hair, plain in your neatness? [Lat., Cui flavam religas comam Simplex munditiis?]

Hair Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (I, 5, 4), (Milton's translation)

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The footsteps are terrifying, all coming towards you and none going back again. [Lat., Vestigia terrent Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrorsum.]

Footsteps Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (bk. I, 1, 74)

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The brave are born from the brave and good. In steers and in horses is to be found the excellence of their sire; nor do savage eagles produce a peaceful dove. [Lat., Fortes creantur fortibus et bonis; Est in juvenis, est in equibus patrum Virtus; nee imbellem feroces Progenerant aquilae columbam.]

Ancestry Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (bk. IV, 4)

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Every man cannot go to Corinthum. [Lat., Non cuivis homini contingit adire Corinthum.]

Cities Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 17, 36)

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You will swim without cork (without help). [Lat., Nabis sine cortice.]

Help Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (bk. I, 4, 120)

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Whenever monarchs err, the people are punished. [Lat., Quidquid delirant reges, plectuntur Achivi.]

Royalty Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 2, 14)

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Those who seek for much are left in want of much. Happy is he to whom God has given, with sparing hand, as much as is enough. [Lat., Multa petentibus Desunt multa. Bene est, cui Deus obtulit Parca, quod satis est manu.]

Satisfaction Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (bk. III, 16, 42)

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