Quintus Horatius Flaccus (December 8, 65 BC – November 27, 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace (/ˈhɒrəs/ or /ˈhɔːrəs/), was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus (also known as Octavian). 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 choice of words." Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Sermones and Epistles) and caustic iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are amusing yet serious works, friendly in tone, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: "as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings". His career coincided with Rome's momentous change from Republic to Empire. An officer in the rep... More
Horace #Alone #Wisdom
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
Anger is a short madness.
The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
A picture is a poem without words.
Horace #Art #Great #Truth
It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar - that I call an achievement.
It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.
He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.
Horace #Education #Knowledge
Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.
Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.
Life is largely a matter of expectation.
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.
Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it a mistress, if thou knowest not.
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.
The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor.
Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.
We are free to yield to truth.
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Horace #Change #Wisdom
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.