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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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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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I strike the stars with by sublime head. [Lat., Sublimi feriam sidera vertice.]

Ambition Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (bk. I, 1)

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Let the fictitious sources of pleasure be as near as possible to the true. [Lat., Ficta voluptatis causa sint proxima veris.]

Pleasure Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Ars Poetica (338)

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I live and reign since I have abandoned those pleasures which you by your praises extol to the skies. [Lat., Vivo et regno, simul ista reliqui Quae vos ad coelum effertis rumore secundo.]

Pleasure Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 10, 8)

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Despise pleasure; pleasure bought by pain in injurious. [Lat., Sperne voluptates; nocet empta dolora voluptas.]

Pleasure Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 2, 55)

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Cease to admire the smoke, wealth, and noise of prosperous Rome. [Lat., Omitte mirari beatae Fumum et opes strepitumque Romae.]

Rome Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (III, 29, 11)

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What's well begun, is half done. [Lat., Dimidium facti qui coepit habet.]

Beginnings Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 2, 40)

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It is right for him who asks forgiveness for his offenses to grant it to others. [Lat., Aequum est Peccatis veniam poscentem reddere rursus.]

Forgiveness Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Satires (I, 3, 74)

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Drawing is the true test of art.

Art Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Ars Poetica (9)

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Busy idleness urges us on. [Lat., Strenua nos exercet inertia.]

Idleness Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (bk. I, XI, 28)

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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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For a man learns more quickly and remembers more easily that which he laughs at, than that which he approves and reveres. [Lat., Discit enim citius, meminitque libentius ilud Quod quis deridet, quam quod probat et veneratur.]

Laughter Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (bk. II, 1, 262)

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What can be found equal to modesty, uncorrupt faith, the sister of justice, and undisguised truth? [Lat., Cui pudor et justitiae soror incorrupta fides nudaque veritas quando ullum inveniet parem?]

Modesty Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Carmina (I, 24, 6)

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Humble things become the humble. [Lat., Parvum parva decent.]

Humility Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (I, 7, 44)

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Like Theon (i.e., a calumniating disposition). [Lat., Dens Theonia.]

Calumny Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (bk. I, 18, 82)

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There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage.

Calumny Quotes, by Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) , Source: Epistles (bk. I, 18, 82)

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I would advise him who wishes to imitate well, to look closely into life and manners, and thereby to learn to express them with truth. [Lat., Respicere exemplar vitae morumque jubebo Doctum imitatorem, et veras hinc ducere voces.]

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

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