Horace Quotes

Most popular Horace Quotes

Dare to be wise.
— Horace
Well begun is half done.
— Horace
A poem is like a painting.

poetry

Carpe diem. (Seize the day.)
— Horace

opportunity

Our years
Glide silently away.

years

There is measure in all things.
— Horace
A fine judgment is discerning art.
— Horace
A picture is a poem without words.
— Horace
Wisdom at times is found in folly.
— Horace

wisdom

Learn calm to face what's pressing.
— Horace
The more you get, the more you want.
To know all things is not permitted.
— Horace
Whatever your advice, make it brief.
— Horace

advice

Do you count your birthdays thankfully?
— Horace
Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.
— Horace
To flee vice is the beginning of virtue.
— Horace
In giving advice I advise you, be short.
— Horace
Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.
— Horace
A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

be bold

The Golden Age upon earth once more may live.
— Horace
Patience makes lighter
What sorrow may not heal.

patience

Patience makes lighter what sorrow may not heal.
— Horace
Poets desire either to teach or to give pleasure.
— Horace
Ah, how they glide by, the years, the swift years!
— Horace
There are lessons to be learned from a stupid man.
— Horace
Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
— Horace

lawyers

He who has confidence in himself will lead the rest.
— Horace

attitude

One has half the deed done, who has made a beginning.
— Horace
Seize the day, trust the morrow as little as possible.
— Horace

carpe diem

Many blessings do the advancing years bring with them.
— Horace
Amuse the reader at the same time that you instruct him.
— Horace
He who has the confidence in himself will lead the rest.
— Horace

confidence

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

experience

Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.
— Horace
He who saves a man against his will as good as murders him.

suicide

Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.
— Horace
As riches grow, care follows, and a thirst for more and more.
— Horace
Seize now and here the hour that is, nor trust some later day!
— Horace
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.

words

Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze.
— Horace

neighbors

Rule your mind, which, if it is not your servant, is your master.

self-control

Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's house is in flame.
— Horace
If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
— Horace

sorrow

You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she will always return.

human nature nature

You might drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps coming back.
— Horace
Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

anger

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

anger

It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
— Horace
It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, so he be a man of merit.
— Horace
They change their climate, not their disposition or soul, who run beyond the sea.
— Horace
Deep in the cavern of the infant's breast
The father's nature lurks, and lives anew.

ancestry heredity

Money is a handmaiden if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress if thou knowest not.
— Horace
Even virtue followed beyond reason's rule may stamp the just man knave, the sage a fool.
— Horace
Lighten grief with hopes of a brighter morrow; temper joy, in fear of a change of fortune.
— Horace
Even-handed fate hath but one law for small and great: that ample urn holds all men's names.
— Horace
Drive Nature forth by force, she'll turn and rout the false refinements that would keep her out.
— Horace

nature

To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.

folly

However rich or elevated we may be, a nameless something is always wanting to our imperfect fortune.
— Horace
Much will rise again that has long been buried, and much become submerged which is held in honor today.
— Horace
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
— Horace

fortune

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

adversity

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

adversity talent

It is sensible to dismiss the old horse in good time, lest, failing at the last, he makes the spectators laugh.

retirement

Poetry is like painting: one piece takes your fancy if you stand close to it, another if you keep at some distance.
— Horace
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers all.
— Horace
Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will conceal and cover up what is now shining with the greatest splendor.
— Horace
Joys are not the property of the rich alone: nor has a man lived ill, who at his birth and at his death has passed unnoticed.
— Horace
Now learn what and how great benefits a temperate diet will bring along with it. In the first place, you will enjoy good health.
— Horace
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.
— Horace

fortune