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Horace quotes

Outstanding Latin lyric poet and satirist under the emperor Augustus, 65 BC-8 BC


Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.

 

Refrain from asking what is going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.

 

Remember to preserve an even mind in adverse circumstances, and likewise in prosperity a mind free from overweening joy.

 

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.

 

Tear thyself from delay.

 

Though you drive Nature out with a pitchfork, she will still find her way back.

 

Who then is free? The wise who can command his passions, who fears not want, nor death, nor chains, firmly resisting his appetites and despising the honors of the world, who relies wholly on himself, whose angular points of character have all been rounded off and polished.

 

He possesses dominion over himself, and is happy, who can every day say, 'I have lived.'

 

The word once spoken flies beyond recall.

 

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.

 


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