Quintus Horatius Flaccus

[Horace] (65 BC-8 BC / Venosa)

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  • ''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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  • ''Seize the day [Carpe diem]: trust not to the morrow.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 11, l. 8 (23 B.C.).
  • ''Alas, Postumus, Postumus, the fleeting years slip by.''
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 2, ode 14, l. 1 (23 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.).
  • ''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.).
  • ''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.).
  • ''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.).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.).
  • ''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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