Quotes by Horace

Anger is a short madness.
- Horace
Every old poem is sacred.
- Horace
Don't think, just do.
- Horace
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Leave the rest to the gods.
- Horace
I teach that all men are mad.
- Horace
We are free to yield to truth.
- Horace
O imitators, you slavish herd!
- Horace
Make a good use of the present.
- Horace
A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
- Horace
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Fidelity is the sister of justice.
- Horace
Poets wish to profit or to please.
- Horace
Whatever advice you give, be short.
- Horace
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.
- Horace
Life is largely a matter of expectation.
- Horace
You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.
- Horace
A word once uttered can never be recalled.
- Horace
Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.
- Horace
I strive to be brief but I become obscure.
- Horace
Labor diligently to increase your property.
- Horace
In adversity remember to keep an even mind.
- Horace
A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.
- Horace
In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.
- Horace
The man is either mad, or he is making verses.
- Horace
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
- Horace
We are just statistics, born to consume resources.
- Horace
Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.
- Horace
Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
- Horace
Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
- Horace
Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.
- Horace
He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
- Horace
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace
If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.
- Horace
When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.
- Horace
I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.
- Horace
Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
- Horace
Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.
- Horace
It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
- Horace
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
- Horace
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
- Horace
It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.
- Horace
He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
- Horace
The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor.
- Horace
The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice.
- Horace
It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while.
- Horace
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
- Horace
Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.
- Horace
It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.
- Horace
It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire.
- Horace
Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.
- Horace
A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
- Horace
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
- Horace
Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?
- Horace
Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.
- Horace
While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.
- Horace
He tosses aside his paint-pots and his words a foot and a half long.
- Horace
Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze.
- Horace
Mountains will go into labour, and a silly little mouse will be born.
- Horace
If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
- Horace
A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.
- Horace
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
- Horace
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
- Horace
Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
- Horace
It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
- Horace
He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.
- Horace
Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
- Horace
Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
- Horace
Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least.
- Horace
No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
- Horace
Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person.
- Horace
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.
- Horace
Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.
- Horace
Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.
- Horace
It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.
- Horace
He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
- Horace
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
- Horace
Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
- Horace
Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
- Horace
I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.
- Horace
Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.
- Horace
The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.
- Horace
Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.
- Horace
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
- Horace
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
- Horace
Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.
- Horace
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
- Horace
He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
- Horace
The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
- Horace
One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.
- Horace
What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye.
- Horace
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
- Horace
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.
- Horace
Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
- Horace
Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.
- Horace
The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
- Horace
If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
- Horace
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
It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.
- Horace
A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.
- Horace
Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.
- Horace
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
We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.
- Horace
A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.
- Horace
The foolish are like ripples on water, For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced; But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, For their smallest act is durable.
- Horace
Strange - is it not? That of the myriads who Before us passed the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.
- Horace
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
- Horace

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