Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus
65 B.C.
8 B.C.

Roman Lyric Poet and Satirist under the Emperor Augustus

Author Quotes

Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.

Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will conceal and cover up what is now shining with the greatest splendor.

Less vividly is the mind stirred by what finds entrance through the ears than by what is brought before the trusty eyes.

[The man is free] who is self-reliant... who masters his passions; who fears neither poverty nor death nor prison; who resists his appetites [and] despises worldly ambition.

Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.

A stomach that is seldom empty despises common food.

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.

Poetry is like painting: one piece takes your fancy if you stand close to it, another if you keep at some distance.

Believe that each day which shines upon you is the last.

Seize the present; trust the future as little as you may... or... Sieze the day, with little trust in tomorrow (Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.)

Brute strength bereft of reason falls by its own weight.

Shun the inquisitive person, for his is also a talker.

Enjoy the present day, trusting very little to the morrow.

The body oppressed by excess bears down the mind, and depresses to the earth any portion of the divine spirit we had been endowed with.

Even as we speak, jealous time flees - seize this day, and put little faith in tomorrow.

The chief pleasure (in eating) does not consist in costly seasoning or exquisite flavor, but in yourself. Do you seek for sauce by sweating.

Excess of wine unlocks secrets.

The common people are but ill judges of a man’s merits; they are slaves to fame, and their eyes are dazzled with the pomp of titles and large retinue. No wonder, then, that they bestow their honors on those who least deserve them.

Fools, in avoiding vice, run to the opposite extreme.

The good hate sin because they love virtue.

Force without reason falls of its own weight.

The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.

Good books are to the young mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more, for they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless with that which is better than life.

The written word, unpublished, can be destroyed, but the spoken word can never be recalled.

First Name
Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Birth Date
65 B.C.
Death Date
8 B.C.

Roman Lyric Poet and Satirist under the Emperor Augustus