Quintus Horatius Flaccus


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Quintus Horatius Flaccus (8 December 65 BC – 27 November 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. The rhetorician Quintillian 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 ... more »

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  • ''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 [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 2, l. 38 (22-8 B.C.).
  • ''Anger is a brief lunacy.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 2 (22-8 B.C.).
  • ''To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 18, l. 86 (22-8 B.C.).
  • ''Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65 B.C.-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 4, ode 9, st. 7.
  • ''Cease to ask what the morrow will hold and count as gain each day that Fortune grants.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 9, l. 13 (23 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).
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