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  • I strive to be brief but I become obscure.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Ars Poetica, l. 25-6 (c. 13 B.C.).
  • 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 (c. 35 B.C.).
  • Now is the time for drinking [nunc est bibendum], now is the time to make the earth shake with dancing.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 37, l. 1 (23 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). Ode on the death of Cleopatra.

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  • It is sweet and honourable to die for one's country.
    [Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.]
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 3, ode 2, l. 13 (23 B.C.). The first four words used as title of a poem by Wilfred Owen, calling it "the old Lie."
  • He who is upright in his way of life and free from sin.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 22, l. 1 (23 B.C.).

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  • 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] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 4, ode 9, st. 7 (23 B.C.).

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  • 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).
  • 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.

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  • 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.).

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  • Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 4, l. 13 (23 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).

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