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341 Inspiring Quotes by Horace

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Horace

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Classical Latin: [ˈkᶣiːn̪t̪ʊs̠ (h)ɔˈraːt̪iʊs̠ ˈfɫ̪akːʊs̠]; 8 December 65 – 27 November 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace (), was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus (also known as Octavian). The rhetorician Quintilian regarded his Odes as just about the only Latin lyrics worth reading: "He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words."Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Satires and Epistles) and caustic iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are amusing yet serious works, friendly in tone, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: "as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings".

His career coincided with Rome's momentous change from a republic to an empire. An officer in the republican army defeated at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, he was befriended by Octavian's right-hand man in civil affairs, Maecenas, and became a spokesman for the new regime. For some commentators, his association with the regime was a delicate balance in which he maintained a strong measure of independence (he was "a master of the graceful sidestep") but for others he was, in John Dryden's phrase, "a well-mannered court slave".

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

It is no easy matter to say commonplace things in an original way.

--Horace

sunset over hill

Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

--Horace

sunset

A poem is like a painting.

--Horace

Oak Creek Sedona

Who then is sane? He who is not a fool.

--Horace

yellow and blue painted wall

It is not enough that poetry is agreeable, it should also be interesting.

--Horace

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

I shall strike the stars with my uplifted head.

--Horace

Arizona landscape

What has not wasting time impaired?

--Horace

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Everything, virtue, glory, honor, things human and divine, all are slaves to riches.

--Horace

closeup photo of green leafed plant

A man polished to the nail.

--Horace

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.

--Horace

yellow flower

There is a middle ground in things.

--Horace

sunset hgihway

There is need of brevity, that the thought may run on.

--Horace

green leafed plant

A man of refined taste and judgment.

--Horace

green grass field

What will this boaster produce worthy of this mouthing? The mountains are in labor; a ridiculous mouse will be born.

--Horace

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

In laboring to be concise, I become obscure.

--Horace

brown wooden board

There is a proper measure in all things, certain limits beyond which and short of which right is not to be found. Who so cultivates the golden mean avoids the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.

--Horace

selective focus photography of sunflower

I have completed a monument more lasting than brass.

--Horace

pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

Blind self-love, vanity, lifting aloft her empty head, and indiscretion, prodigal of secrets more transparent than glass, follow close behind.

--Horace

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.

--Horace

purple and white clouds during night time

In my youth I thought of writing a satire on mankind! but now in my age I think I should write an apology for them.

--Horace

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

I will perform the function of a whetstone, which is about to restore sharpness to iron, though itself unable to cut.

--Horace

pink flower

Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.

--Horace

white flowers in brown stem

Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.

--Horace

four handheld gardening tools on rack

Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?

--Horace

old cowboy boots

Consider well what your strength is equal to, and what exceeds your ability.

--Horace

purple textile in close up photography

Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said, the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, everything superfluous runs over as from a full vessel.

--Horace

closeup photography of wall

Busy not yourself in looking forward to the events of to-morrow; but whatever may be those of the days Providence may yet assign you neglect not to turn them to advantage.

--Horace

rock mountain during starry night

The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.

--Horace

brown wooden pathway in the middle of green trees

Be ever on your guard what you say of anybody and to whom.

--Horace

blue sky with white clouds

Who can hope to be safe? who sufficiently cautious?
Guard himself as he may, every moment's an ambush.

--Horace

sunset

Joys do not fall to the rich alone; nor has he lived ill of whose birth and death no one took note.

--Horace

brown and gray mountains during daytime

The musician who always plays on the same string is laughed at.

--Horace

shade under a green-leafed tree

Jokes aside, let us turn to serious matters.

--Horace

white and pink plastic bottles

Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.

--Horace

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.

--Horace

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

She -- philosophy is equally helpful to the rich and poor: neglect her, and she equally harms the young and old.

--Horace

yellow green leaf

In truth it is best to learn wisdom, and abandoning all nonsense, to leave it to boys to enjoy their season of play and mirth.

--Horace

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

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

--Horace

pink flower

I have lived: tomorrow the Father may fill the sky with black clouds or with cloudless sunshine.

--Horace

purple petaled flower on gray surface

Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own: he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow, to thy worst, for I have liv'd today.

--Horace

calm ocean

Virtuosi have been long remarked to have little conscience in their favorite pursuits. A man will steal a rarity who would cut off his hand rather than take the money it is worth. Yet, in fact, the crime is the same.

--Horace

time lapse photography body of water

The consummate pleasure (in eating) is not in the costly flavour, but in yourself. Do you seek for sauce for sweating?

--Horace

yellow flower in green grass field

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

--Horace

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

Let this be your wall of brass, to have nothing on your conscience, no guilt to make you turn pale.

--Horace

black mountain under blue sky during night time

Fate with impartial hand turns out the doom of high and low; her capacious urn is constantly shaking the names of all mankind.

--Horace

purple flowers under sunny sky

If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.

--Horace

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

Brighter than Parian marble.

--Horace

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

If anything affects your eye, you hasten to have it removed; if anything affects your mind, you postpone the cure for a year.

--Horace

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

The cautious wolf fears the pit, the hawk regards with suspicion the snare laid for her, and the fish the hook in its concealment.

--Horace

raging waves through shores

And Tragedy should blush as much to stoop To the low mimic follies of a farce, As a grave matron would to dance with girls.

--Horace

elephant on green grass field during daytime

Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.

--Horace

aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

We are deceived by the appearance of right.

--Horace

red rose

If it is well with your belly, chest and feet -- the wealth of kings can't give you more.

--Horace

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.

--Horace

sunset

Wise were the kings who never chose a friend till with full cups they had unmasked his soul, and seen the bottom of his deepest thoughts.

--Horace

body of water near mountains

From the egg to the apple.

--Horace

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

Whither, O god of wine, art thou hurrying me, whilst under thy all-powerful influence?

--Horace

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque revenit. You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will nevertheless come back.

--Horace

two person standing while watching sky

Excellence when concealed, differs but little from buried worthlessness.

--Horace

pink petaled flower field

He who studies to imitate the poet Pindar, O Julius, relies on artificial wings fastened on with wax, and is sure to give his name to a glassy sea.

--Horace

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.

--Horace

black portable vinyl records

Live mindful of how brief your life is.

--Horace

fine trees waving

Money, make money; by honest means if you can; if not, by any means make money.

--Horace

woman in black and white jacket standing on brown sand during daytime

Let him who has enough ask for nothing more.

--Horace

woman standing on cliff

The earth opens impartially her bosom to receive the beggar and the prince.

--Horace

gray asphalt road

Faults are soon copied.

--Horace

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Not to hope for things to last forever, is what the year teaches and even the hour which snatches a nice day away.

--Horace

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

In the word of no master am I bound to believe.

--Horace

purple flower field during daytime

Silver is less valuable than gold, gold than virtue.

--Horace

woman in white dress holding hands with girl in white dress

To have begun is half the job; be bold and be sensible.

--Horace

clear blue sea under blue sky

Not worth is an example that does not solve the problem.

--Horace

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Blend a little folly with thy worldly plans: it is delightful to give loose on a proper occasion.

--Horace

girl leaning on wall during daytime

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

--Horace

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.

--Horace

two person standing while watching sky

He despises what he sought; and he seeks that which he lately threw away.

--Horace

woman standing on forest

Increasing wealth is attended by care and by the desire of greater increase.

--Horace

person holding hands

A good resolve will make any port.

--Horace

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

Youth is unduly busy with pampering the outer person.

--Horace

Arizona landscape

The ridiculous is more easily retained than the admirable.

--Horace

palm tree under orange sky

When a man is pleased with the lot of others, he is dissatisfied with his own, as a matter of course.

--Horace

sunset

One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.

--Horace

blue rose in close up photography

The muse does not allow the praise-de-serving here to die: she enthrones him in the heavens.

--Horace

sunset over hill

He who feared that he would not succeed sat still.

--Horace

Arizona landscape rocks

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.

--Horace

brown mountain

Mediocrity in poets has never been tolerated by either men, or gods, or booksellers.

--Horace

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

He who speaks ill of an absent friend, or fails to take his part if attacked by another, that man is a scoundrel.

--Horace

river in the middle of green and yellow mountains

Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.

--Horace

closeup photo of sunflower

Friends fly away when the cask has been drained to the dregs.

--Horace

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

He who has lost his money-belt will go where you wish.

--Horace

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

All in good time.

--Horace

person wearing black leather shoe

The more a man denies himself, the more shall he obtain from God.

--Horace

full moon during day

Get what start the sinner may, Retribution, for all her lame leg, never quits his track.

--Horace


white brick wall planning

Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but, all unwept and unknown, are lost in the distant night, since they are without a divine poet (to chronicle their deeds).

--Horace

blue and white abstract painting

You have played enough; you have eaten and drunk enough. Now it is time for you to depart.

--Horace

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

The sorrowful dislike the gay, and the gay the sorrowful.

--Horace

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.

--Horace

gray building

The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.

--Horace

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.

--Horace

women's black and pink monokini

No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.

--Horace

sunset dirt road

He who sings the praises of his boyhood's days.

--Horace

green fern plant

Luck cannot change birth.

--Horace


closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.

--Horace

worm's eye view of trees during night time

He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.

--Horace

landscape photography of mountain

Gladly take the gifts of the present hour and abandon serious things!

--Horace

person on road at sunset

Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.

--Horace

man on running field

What can be found equal to modesty, uncorrupt faith, the sister of justice, and undisguised truth?

--Horace

water color palette on white surface

Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.

--Horace

adobe wall

Drive Nature out with a pitchfork, yet she hurries back, And will burst through your foolish contempt, triumphant.

--Horace

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

What does not wasting time change! The age of our parents, worse than that of our grandsires, has brought us forth more impious still, and we shall produce a more vicious progeny.

--Horace

pink and yellow flower painting

He's arm'd without that's innocent within;
Be this thy Screen, and this thy Wall of Brass.

--Horace

person standing in front of fire

The cook cares not a bit for toil, toil, if the fowl be plump and fat.

--Horace

red roses on book

Take away the danger and remove the restraint, and wayward nature runs free.

--Horace

seashore at daytime

And seek for truth in the groves of Academe.

--Horace

body of water during daytime

Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.

--Horace


gray cactus plant on white pot

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

--Horace

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Even virtue followed beyond reason's rule May stamp the just man knave, the sage a fool.

--Horace

None

Stronger than thunder's winged force All-powerful gold can speed its course; Through watchful guards its passage make, And loves through solid walls to break.

--Horace

grayscale photography of pug

Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam. Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind.

--Horace

people in the street painting

Don't waste the opportunity.

--Horace

rocks on sea side at daytime

Heir follows heir, as wave succeeds to wave.

--Horace

brown rock formation

What has this unfeeling age of ours left untried, what wickedness has it shunned?

--Horace

calm ocean

Why then should words challenge Eternity, When greatest men, and greatest actions die? Use may revive the obsoletest words, And banish those that now are most in vogue; Use is the judge, the law, and rule of speech.

--Horace

None

That man lives happy and in command of himself, who from day to day can say I have lived. Whether clouds obscure, or the sun illumines the following day, that which is past is beyond recall.

--Horace

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

A jest often decides matters of importance more effectively and happily than seriousness.

--Horace

mountains under white clouds at daytime

The stingy are always in need.

--Horace

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

A person will gain everyone's approval if he mixes the pleasant with the useful.

--Horace

flying blue and green hummingbird

What fugitive from his country can also escape from himself.

--Horace

blue sky with white clouds

Whatever things injure your eye you are anxious to remove; but things which affect your mind you defer.

--Horace

green trees under white sky during daytime

Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent.

--Horace

sunset

Not even piety will stay wrinkles, nor the encroachments of age, nor the advance of death, which cannot be resisted.

--Horace

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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

--Horace

snowflake

Force without judgement falls on its own weight.

--Horace

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Don't yield to that alluring witch, laziness, or else be prepared to surrender all that you have won in your better moments.

--Horace

pink and white clouds

I praise her (Fortune) while she lasts; if she shakes her quick wings, I resign what she has given, and take refuge in my own virtue, and seek honest undowered Poverty.

--Horace

man in cowboy hat

Designedly God covers in dark night the issue of futurity.

--Horace

Arizona landscape

Music is an incitement to love.

--Horace

white and blue ice in water

Poverty urges us to do and suffer anything that we may escape from it, and so leads us away from virtue.

--Horace

palm tree under orange sky

Often a purple patch or two is tacked on to a serious work of high promise, to give an effect of colour.

--Horace


sunset

A cup concealed in the dress is rarely honestly carried.

--Horace

green water in close up photography

Imagine every day to he 5 the last6 of a life surrounded with hopes, cares, anger, and fear. The hours, that come unexpectedly, will be so much the more grateful.

--Horace

brown rocky mountain under gray sky

It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.

--Horace

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.

--Horace

person holding flowers

The higher the tower, the greater the fall thereof.

--Horace

silhouette of kneeling man

I am frightened at seeing all the footprints directed towards thy den, and none returning.

--Horace

landscape photography of mountain

Sometimes even excellent Homer nods.

--Horace

green leaf in close up photography

Our years Glide silently away. No tears, No loving orisons repair The wrinkled cheek, the whitening hair That drop forgotten to the tomb.

--Horace

Arizona landscape

Virtue, dear friend, needs no defense,
The surest guard is innocence:
None knew, till guilt created fear,
What darts or poisoned arrows were.

--Horace

aerial photo of foggy mountains

Posterity, thinned by the crime of its ancestors, shall hear of those battles.

--Horace

None

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

silhouette photo of mountain during nighttime

Keep the faith.

--Horace

multicolored abstract painting

Do not pursue with the terrible scourge him who deserves a slight whip.

--Horace

green leaf

The work you are treating is one full of dangerous hazard, and you are treading over fires lurking beneath treacherous ashes.

--Horace

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

A word once let out of the cage cannot be whistled back again.

--Horace

man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

While your client is watching for you at the front door, slip out at the back.

--Horace

tree frog

Leuconoe, close the book of fate, For troubles are in store, ... Live today, tomorrow is not.

--Horace

fawn pug lying on gray blanket

Let your poem be kept nine years.

--Horace

None

Strange -- is it not? That of the myriads who Before us passed the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.

--Horace

sunset

Pry not into the affairs of others, and keep secret that which has been entrusted to you, though sorely tempted by wine and passion.

--Horace

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

When your throat is parched with thirst, do you desire a cup of gold?

--Horace

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

Painters and poets," you say, "have always had an equal license in bold invention." We know; we claim the liberty for ourselves and in turn we give it to others.

--Horace

milky way above body of water

An accomplished man to his fingertips.

--Horace

starry night over butte

Ridicule is often employed with more power and success than severity.

--Horace

bird in the sky

It will be practicable to blot written words which you do not publish; but the spoken word it is not possible to recall.

--Horace

milky way wallpaper

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

--Horace

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

He tells old wives' tales much to the point.

--Horace

yellow flower field under clear sky

The envious pine at others' success; no greater punishment than envy was devised by Sicilian tyrants.

--Horace

green boat on beach during sunset

Welcome will arrived, the hour that was not hoped for.

--Horace

purple lavender flower

When putting words together is good to do it with nicety and caution, your elegance and talent will be evident if by putting ordinary words together you create a new voice.

--Horace

green plants beside brown wooden door

Dismiss the old horse in good time, lest he fail in the lists and the spectators laugh.

--Horace

photo of brown wood slab

Wisdom at times is found in folly.

--Horace

Milky way in nature photography

The arrow will not always find the mark intended.

--Horace

forest and body of water

Years, following years, steal something every day; At last they steal us from ourselves away.

--Horace

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

I live and reign since I have abandoned those pleasures which you by your praises extol to the skies.

--Horace

brown pine trees near mountain covered with fog

Don't carry logs into the forest.

--Horace

photo of brown wood slab

Aiming at brevity, I become obscure.

--Horace

blue and red bird during daytime

My age, my inclinations, are no longer what they were.

--Horace

landscape photography of forest

It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire.

--Horace

silhouette of mountain

Curst is the wretch enslaved to such a vice,
Who ventures life and soul upon the dice.

--Horace

low-angle photo of white daisy

That I make poetry and give pleasure -- if I give pleasure -- are because of you.

--Horace

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

Be smart, drink your wine.

--Horace

photo of clear sky full of stars

Mingle some brief folly with wisdom now: To be foolish is sweet at times.

--Horace

cup of latte on table

Boy, I loathe Persian luxury.

--Horace

orange flowers

Riches either serve or govern the possessor.

--Horace

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

Those who seek for much are left in want of much. Happy is he to whom God has given, with sparing hand, as much as is enough.

--Horace

sunset

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?

--Horace

purple petaled flower

Flames too soon acquire strength if disregarded.

--Horace

sunset

Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.

--Horace

person standing on top of mountain

Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets' being second-rate.

--Horace

blue and black abstract painting

Victory is by nature superb and insulting.

--Horace

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

We are but ciphers, born to consume earth's fruits.

--Horace

closeup photo of green leafed plant

By the favour of the heavens.

--Horace

black pug

Nature is harmony in discord.

--Horace

yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

Your property is in danger when your neighbour's house is on fire.

--Horace

lights pattern swirls

Yet Glory drags in chains behind her dazzling car
the obscure no less than the noble.

--Horace

yellow and white abstract painting

Who has courage to say no again and again to desires, to despise the objects of ambition, who is a whole in himself, smoothed and rounded.

--Horace

flowers beside yellow wall

False praise can please, and calumny affright
None but the vicious, and the hypocrite.

--Horace

low-angle photo of white daisy

Catch the opportunity while it lasts, and rely not on what the morrow may bring.

--Horace

green mountains under blue sky during daytime

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

--Horace

aerial view of foggy forest

Those who cross the sea, change sky, but not soul.

--Horace

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.

--Horace

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

Though things are bad now, they will not always be so.

--Horace

green plant

Be wise, decant the wine, and since our space is brief, cut back your far-reaching hope. Even while we talk, envious time has fled away: seize the day, put little trust in what is to come.

--Horace

shade under a green-leafed tree

The fellow is either a madman or a poet.

--Horace

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

The Muse gave the Greeks genius and the art of the well-turned phrase.

--Horace

woman lying on pool

Joy, grief, desire or fear, whate'er the name The passion bears, its influence is the same; Where things exceed your hope or fall below, You stare, look blank, grow numb from top to toe.

--Horace

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Now, that's enough.

--Horace

body of water under cloudy sky at night

Do you count your birthdays with gratitude?

--Horace

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

No, but you're wrong now, and always will be.

--Horace

white stars in the sky during night time

Cease to ask what the morrow
will bring forth,
and set down as gain
each day that fortune grants.

--Horace

pink and blue painted wall

Let me posses what I now have, or even less, so that I may enjoy my remaining days, if Heaven grant any to remain.

--Horace

pink-petaled rose flower

He makes himself ridiculous who is for ever repeating the same mistake.

--Horace

person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

Every old poem is sacred.

--Horace

woman wearing white dress

Virtue consists in fleeing vice.

--Horace

green textile in close up image

Not treasured wealth, nor the consul's lictor, can dispel the mind's bitter conflicts and the cares that flit, like bats, about your fretted roofs.

--Horace

black textile on white textile

The just man having a firm grasp of his intentions, neither the heated passions of his fellow men ordaining something awful, nor a tyrant staring him in the face, will shake in his convictions.

--Horace

sunset over hill

An envious man grows lean at another's fatness.

--Horace

foggy mountains

Gold delights to walk through the very midst of the guard, and to break its way through hard rocks, more powerful in its blow than lightning.

--Horace

bare tress and mountain

It was intended to be a vase, it has turned out a pot.

--Horace

red strawberry fruit on red surface

Rains driven by storms fall not perpetually on the land already sodden, neither do varying gales for ever disturb the Caspian sea.

--Horace

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

Necessity takes impartially the highest and the lowest.

--Horace

closeup photography of black and brown bird

One musts avoid that wicked temptress, Laziness.

--Horace

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!

--Horace

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

I can never forget suffering and I will never forget sunset. I came home with all of it in my mind.

--Horace

stars across the sky view at the desert

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.

--Horace

brown short coated dog wearing blue and red shirt

He is not poor who has the use of necessary things.

--Horace

green grass field

When I caution you against becoming a miser, I do not therefore advise you to become a prodigal or a spendthrift.

--Horace


Milky way in nature photography

Ridicule often cuts the knot, where severity fails.

--Horace

selective photography of green leaf plant

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.

--Horace

sunflower field during daytime

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

--Horace

landscape photography of green tree

There are lessons to be learned from a stupid man.

--Horace

snow covered brown mountain

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

--Horace

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Happy is the man to whom nature has given a sufficiency with even a sparing hand.

--Horace

pug puppy

Punishment closely follows guilt as its companion.

--Horace

silhouette photography of trees and sky

High descent and meritorious deeds, unless united to wealth, are as useless as seaweed.

--Horace

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

The whole race of scribblers flies from the town and yearns for country life.

--Horace

None

It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.

--Horace

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

As a true translator you will take care not to translate word for word.

--Horace

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

A crafty knave needs no broker.

--Horace

trees at sunset

Superfluous advice is not retained by the full mind.

--Horace

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

Fire, if neglected, will soon gain strength.

--Horace

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Let those who drink not, but austerely dine, dry up in law; the Muses smell of wine.

--Horace

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

We are free to yield to truth.

--Horace

yellow flower in green grass field

Difficulties elicit talents that in more fortunate circumstances would lie dormant.

--Horace

brown rock formation

It is right for him who asks forgiveness for his offenses to grant it to others.

--Horace

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Cease to admire the smoke, wealth, and noise of prosperous Rome.

--Horace

bare tree on mountain during sunset

When life's path is steep, keep your mind even.

--Horace

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

Avoid greatness in a cottage there may be more real happiness than kings or their favourites enjoy.

--Horace

sunflower field during daytime

Boys must not have th' ambitious care of men,
Nor men the weak anxieties of age.

--Horace

orange tabby cat on black textile

Death is the last limit of all things.

--Horace

person walking on snowfield

Teaching brings out innate powers, and proper training braces the intellect.

--Horace

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

I have erected amonument more lasting than bronze.

--Horace

selective focus photo of green snake plant

I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.

--Horace

Arizona landscape donkey

Don't just put it off and think about it!

--Horace

boat on sea far away from island

Captive Greece took captive her savage conqueror.

--Horace

man in black pants sitting on chair

In a moment comes either death or joyful victory.

--Horace

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.

--Horace

brown grass field during daytime

What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.

--Horace

adobe wall

We set up harsh and unkind rules against ourselves. No one is born without faults. That man is best who has fewest.

--Horace

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.

--Horace

gray cactus plant on white pot

Shun to seek what is hid in the womb of the morrow, and set down as gain in life's ledger whatever time fate shall have granted thee.

--Horace

desert grassland

He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.

--Horace

brown rocky mountain under gray sky

It makes a great difference whether Davus or a hero speaks.

--Horace

yellow and green forest during daytime

He that cuts off twenty years of life
Cuts off so many years of fearing death.

--Horace

man smiling while facing other person

Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.

--Horace

four coffee cups on floor

Frugality is one thing, avarice another.

--Horace

bonfire on focus photography

Fidelity is the sister of justice.

--Horace

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.

--Horace

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.

--Horace

stars across the sky view at the desert

Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.

--Horace

None

Happy the man who, removed from all cares of business, after the manner of his forefathers cultivates with his own team his paternal acres, freed from all thought of usury.

--Horace

landscape photography of forest

Live as brave men and face adversity with stout hearts.

--Horace

person holding white book

Better wilt thou live...by neither always pressing out to sea nor too closely hugging the dangerous shore in cautious fear of storms.

--Horace

river in the middle of green and yellow mountains

A wise God shrouds the future in obscure darkness.

--Horace

man riding horse

What may not be altered is made lighter by patience.

--Horace

blue wallpaper

The cask will long retain the flavour of the wine with which it was first seasoned.

--Horace

green plants beside brown wooden door

Be this thy brazen bulwark, to keep a clear conscience, and never turn pale with guilt.

--Horace

green trees

If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.

--Horace

black dog face

It is delightful to play the fool.

--Horace

man in cowboy hat sitting in bleachers

Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.

--Horace

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

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

--Horace


golden retriever inside car

If nothing is delightful without love and jokes, then live in love and jokes.

--Horace


blue and white abstract painting

The man who is just and resolute will not be moved from his settled purpose, either by the misdirected rage of his fellow citizens, or by the threats of an imperious tryant.

--Horace

flying blue and green hummingbird

He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.

--Horace

rainbow

Physicians attend to the business of physicians, and workmen handle the tools of workmen.

--Horace

gray concrete floor

Let hopes and sorrows, fears and angers be,
And think each day that dawns the last you'll see;
For so the hour that greets you unforeseen
Will bring with it enjoyment twice as keen.

--Horace

forest trees photograph

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.

--Horace

leafless tree

Time will bring to light whatever is hidden it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.

--Horace

brown and gray stick

The dispute is still before the judge.

--Horace

man skiing on land

Life gives nothing to man without labor.

--Horace

man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

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

--Horace

person wearing black top

Those who covet much suffer from the want.

--Horace

sunset

The body, enervated by the excesses of the preceding day, weighs down and prostates the mind also.

--Horace

aerial photo of brown moutains

Busy idleness urges us on.

--Horace

brown short coated dog wearing blue and red shirt

Wherever the storm carries me, I go a willing guest.

--Horace

low-angle photography of green leaf tree

Don't think, just do.

--Horace

brown and gray brick wall

No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation.

--Horace

brown and white bird on tree branch

Day is pushed out by day, and each new moon hastens to its death.

--Horace

grayscale photo of pug on floor

The shame of fools conceals their open wounds.

--Horace

sunset forest

Smooth out with wine the worries of a wrinkled brow.

--Horace

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

We hate merit while it is with us; when taken away from our gaze, we long for it jealously.

--Horace


yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

Mighty to inspire new hopes, and able to drown the bitterness of cares.

--Horace

body of water during daytime

Though your threshing floor grind a hundred thousand bushels of corn, not for that reason will your stomach hold more than mine.

--Horace

men running toward beach

How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot in life which he has chosen, or which chance has thrown in his way, but praises those who follow a different course?

--Horace

brown textile

A dowried wife, friends, beauty, birth, fair fame, These are the gifts of money, heavenly dame: Be but a moneyed man, persuasion tips Your tongue, and Venus settles on your lips.

--Horace


lightning strike at night

Keep clear of courts: a homely life transcends The vaunted bliss of monarchs and their friends.

--Horace

wide lake over sunset view

When evil times prevail, take care to preserve the serenity of your hear.

--Horace

adult black and tan dachshund

It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while.

--Horace

body of water

I beseech you to treasure up in your hearts these my parting words: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

--Horace

white and gray floral bed sheet

Happy he who far from business, like the primitive are of mortals, cultivates with his own oxen the fields of his fathers, free from all anxieties of gain.

--Horace

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Seek not to inquire what the morrow will bring with it.

--Horace

green trees beside body of water during daytime

You can drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps on coming back.

--Horace

body of water under cloudy sky at night

A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.

--Horace

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

The mind that is cheerful in its present state, will be averse to all solicitude as to the future, and will meet the bitter occurrences of life with a placid smile.

--Horace

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

If the crow had been satisfied to eat his prey in silence, he would have had more meat and less quarreling and envy.

--Horace

beach during daytime

It is but a poor establishment where there are not many superfluous things which the owner knows not of, and which go to the thieves.

--Horace

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

A leech that will not quit the skin until sated with blood.

--Horace

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

He who would reach the desired goal must, while a boy, suffer and labor much and bear both heat and cold.

--Horace

low angle photography of gray concrete building

Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone.

--Horace

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.

--Horace

rock formation under starry skies

To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.

--Horace

orange abstract painting

It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.

--Horace

rocks near shore during nighttime

An undertaking beset with danger.

--Horace

pink concrete wall during daytime

Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.

--Horace

tall trees with dried leaves on ground

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

--Horace

gray satellite disc on field

Death is the ultimate boundary of human matters.

--Horace

brown wooden dockside beside sea

A corrupt judge does not carefully search for the truth.

--Horace

brown wooden pathway in the middle of green trees

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

--Horace

green and blue chevron textile

What does it avail you, if of many thorns only one be removed.

--Horace

low angle photography of gray concrete building

Oh! thou who are greatly mad, deign to spare me who am less mad.

--Horace

None

He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune has lost the arms of reason and deserted the post of virtue.

--Horace

black mountain under blue sky during night time

In adversity be spirited and firm, and with equal prudence lessen your sail when filled with a too fortunate gale of prosperity.

--Horace

sunset

Sovereign money procures a wife with a large fortune, gets a man credit, creates friends, stands in place of pedigree, and even of beauty.

--Horace

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