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Quotations From HORACE [QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS]

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  • 1.
    This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Satires, bk. 1, satire 3, l. 1 (c. 35 B.C.).
  • 2.
    A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Satires, bk. 2, satire 8, l. 73 (c. 35 B.C.).
  • 3.
    Never despair.
    [Nil desperandum.]
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Teucer, in Odes, bk. 1, ode 7, l. 27 (23 B.C.). Spoken by Teucer to his companions when sent into exile by his father, the King of Salamis.

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  • 4.
    You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 10, l. 24 (22-8 B.C.).

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  • 5.
    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 (22-8 B.C.).

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  • 6.
    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.
  • 7.
    The mountains will be in labor and bring forth a ridiculous mouse.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Ars Poetica, bk. 3, l. 139, Epistles (13 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995)).
  • 8.
    Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Ars Poetica, l. 467 (c. 13 B.C.).

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  • 9.
    Beggars, actors, buffoons, and all that tribe.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Satires, bk. 1, satire 2, l. 2 (c. 35 B.C.).
  • 10.
    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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