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65 BC - 8 BC, Roman poet

Wise were the kings who never chose a friend till with full cups they had unmasked his soul,
and seen the bottom of his deepest thoughts.
Horace

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Horace

To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.
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

Rule your mind or it will rule you.
Horace

In adversity, remember to keep an even mind.
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

He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise - begin!
Horace

The man who is tenacious of purpose in a rightful cause is not shaken from his firm resolve by
the frenzy of his fellow citizens clamoring for what is wrong, or by the tyrant's threatening
countenance.
Horace

Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.
Horace

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have
lain dormant.
Horace

Never despair.
Horace

Carpe diem!
Horace

If any man cannot feel the power of God when he looks upon the stars, then I doubt whether
he is capable of any feeling at all.
Horace

Whatever advice you give, be brief.
Horace

Without love and laughter there is no joy - live amid love and laughter.
Horace

As we speak cruel time is fleeing. Seize the day, believing as little as possible in the morrow.
Horace

It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire.
Horace

Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment.
Horace

Anger is a brief madness.
Horace

Happy the man, and he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
Horace

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
Horace

Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
Horace

He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out
before he crosses.
Horace

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that fortune grants.
Horace

It is difficult to speak of what is common in a way of your own.
Horace

A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
Horace

How slight and insignificant is the thing which casts down or restores a mind greedy for praise.
Horace

He who feared that he would not succeed sat still.
Horace

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
Horace

Do you count your years with gratitude?
Horace

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.
Horace

He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure, by delighting and instructing the reader
at the same time.
Horace

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.
Horace

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