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

He is always a slave who cannot live on a little.

There is a mean in all things. Even virtue itself hath its stated limits: which not being strictly observed, it ceases to be virtue.

Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind.

They change their sky not their mind who cross the sea. A busy idleness possesses us: we seek a happy life, with ships and carriages: the object of our search is present with us.

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.

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.

Amiability shines by its own light.

In adversity remember to keep an even mind.

The hungry stomach rarely despises common food.

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

In the midst of hopes and cares, of apprehensions and of disquietude, regard every day that dawns upon you as if it was to be your last; then super-added hours, to the enjoyment of which you had not looked forward, will prove an acceptable boon.

The man who is tenacious of purpose in a rightful cause is not shaken from his firm resolve by the frenzy of his fellow citizens clamoring for what is wrong, or by the tyrant's threatening countenance.

Anger is short madness.

It is right to yield to the truth.

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