May 29, 2016

12 Inspirational Quotes ~ By Horace

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, (Venosa, December 8, 65 BC – Rome, November 27, 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. Horace is generally considered by classicists to be one of the greatest Latin poets and is known for having coined many Latin phrases that remain in use today, whether in Latin or translation, including carpe diem ("pluck the day" literally, more commonly used in English as "seize the day"), Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country), Nunc est bibendum (Now we must drink), and aurea mediocritas ("golden mean.").

His works, like those of all but the earliest Latin poets, are written in Greek metres, ranging from the hexameters which were relatively easy to adapt into Latin to the more complex measures used in the Odes, such as alcaics and sapphics, which were sometimes a difficult fit for Latin structure and syntax. [source: wikipedia]

12 Inspirational Quotes Made By Horace
  1. Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.

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

  3. He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.

  4. Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.

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

or extended version:
Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of themselves, who neither poverty, death or captivity terrify, who is strong to resist his appetites and shun honors, and is complete in themselves smooth and round like a globe.

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