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Quintus Horatius Flaccus


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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.).
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  • ''Anger is a brief lunacy.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 2 (22-8 B.C.).
  • ''In the word of no master am I bound to believe.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 1, l. 14-5 (22-8 B.C.). From the Latin, Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri, comes the motto of the Royal Society of London: nullius in verba.
  • ''No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 19, l. 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.).
  • ''Pompeius, best of all my comrades, you and I
    Often faced death when we were rebels.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8), Roman poet. Odes. . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Pour ointment from the shells, and comb
    It in your hair. I will drink like any toper.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8), Roman poet. Odes (II, 7). . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Charles Tomlinson, ed. (1980) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Me in my vow'd
    Picture the sacred wall declares t'have hung
    My dank and dropping weeds
    To the stern God of Sea.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8), Roman poet. Odes (I, 5). . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Charles Tomlinson, ed. (1980) Oxford University Press.
  • ''What slender Youth bedew'd with liquid odours
    Courts thee on Roses in some pleasant Cave,''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8), Roman poet. Odes. . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Charles Tomlinson, ed. (1980) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Receive, dear friend, the truths I teach,
    So shalt thou live beyond the reach
    Of adverse Fortune's pow'r;
    Not always tempt the distant deep,
    Nor always timorously creep
    Along the treach'rous shore.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8), Roman poet. Odes. . . Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation, The. Charles Tomlinson, ed. (1980) Oxford University Press.

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