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

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.

Unless the vessel is clean, whatever you pour into it turns sour.

Virtue consists in avoiding vice, and is the highest wisdom.

Virtue is a mean between vices, remote from both extremes.

We are but dust and shadow.

We hate virtue when it is safe; when removed from our sight we diligently seek it.

What’s well begun, is half done.

What cannot be removed, becomes lighter through patience.

When we try to avoid one fault, we are led to the opposite, unless we be very careful.

Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.

Who trust in himself will lead and rule the swarm.

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it on all.

Your own property is concerned when your neighbor’s house is on fire.

Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's house is in flames.

As wealth grows, care and greed for greater wealth follows after.

Misfortunes display the skill of a general, prosperous circumstances conceal his weakness.

To flee from vice is the beginning of virtue.

Dare to be wise.

Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.

Too many promises lessen confidence.

Envy is not to be conquered but by death.

Most virtue lies between two vices.

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