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

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.

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.

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

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

He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin!

Never inquire into another man’s secret; but conceal that which is intrusted to you, though pressed both by wine and anger to reveal it.

He who will not curb his passion, will wish that undone which his grief and resentment suggested, while he violently plies his revenge with unsated rancor. Rage is a short madness. Rule your passion, which commands, if it do not obey; do not restrain it with a bridle, and with fetters.

Never were you a body without a soul.

He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.

No one is born without vices, and he is the best man who is encumbered with the least.

Hidden worth differs little from buried indolence.

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot 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