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118 Famous Quotes by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

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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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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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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That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided. [Lat., Vitanda est improba--desidia.]

Idleness Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (II, 3, 14)

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You may see me, fat and shining, with well-cared for hide, . . . a hog from Epicurus' herd. [Lat., Me pinguem et nitidum bene curata cute vises, . . . Epicuri de grege porcum.]

Swine Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (bk. I, IV, 15, 16)

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Were it not for imagination, sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.

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

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Everything that is superfluous overflows from the full bosom. [Lat., Omne supervacuum pleno de pectore manat.]

Gifts Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Ars Poetica (337)

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Never inquire into another man's secret; bur conceal that which is intrusted to you, though pressed both be wine and anger to reveal it. [Lat., Arcanum neque tu scrutaveris ullius unquam, commissumve teges et vino tortus et ira.]

Secrecy Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 18, 37)

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Be this thy brazen bulwark, to keep a clear conscience, and never turn pale with guilt. [Lat., Hic murus aeneus esto, Nil conscire sibi, nulla pallescere culpa.]

Conscience Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 1, 60)

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Marble statues, engraved with public inscriptions, by which the life and soul return after death to noble leaders. [Lat., Incisa notis marmora publicis, Per quae spiritus et vita redit bonis Post mortem ducibus.]

Monuments Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (IV, 8)

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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 Appone.]

Future Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (I, 9, 13)

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It is grievous to be caught. [Lat., Deprendi miserum est.]

Crime Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (bk. I, 2, 134)

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As a neighboring funeral terrifies sick misers, and fear obliges them to have some regard for themselves; so, the disgrace of others will often deter tender minds from vice. [Lat., Avidos vicinum funus ut aegros Exanimat, mortisque metu sibi parcere cogit; Sic teneros animos aliena opprobria saepe Absterrent vitiis.]

Example Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (I, 4, 126)

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Leuconoe, close the book of fate, For troubles are in store, . . . . Live today, tomorrow is not.

Tomorrow Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (I, XI)

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All men do not, in fine, admire or love the same thing.

Opinion Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (II, 2, 58)

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And I endeavour to subdue circumstances to myself, and not myself to circumstances. [Lat., Et mihi res, non me rebus, subjungere conor.]

Circumstance Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 1, 191)

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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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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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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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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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