Latin quotes by Horace

Horace (70-19 BC), Roman Poet

Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Main poet in lyric and satirical Latin language. His most famous works include Ars poetica, Epodi, Sermones, Epistulae and, of course, Carmina (Odas)

  1. Ab ovo - Since the egg (Horace - Ars poetica - Refers to the egg of Leek from which hatched Helen of Troy)
  2. Ab ovo usque ad mala - From the egg to the apple (Horace - Satire - From appetizer to dessert - From start to finish - From soup to nuts)
  3. Adhuc sub iudice lis est - The dispute is still before the judge (Horace - Legal term - Ars poetica)
  4. Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem - Remember to keep the mind calm in difficult moments (Horace - Odes, II, 3)
  5. Aequam servare mentem - Keep the mind calm (Horace - Odes, II, 3)
  6. Amabilis insania - Fond illusion (Horace, Odes, III, 5)
  7. Amoto quaeramus seria ludo ~ Jokes aside, let us turn to serious matters (Horace - Sermones I, I, 27)
  8. Audax Iapeti genus - 'Bold, the clan of Lapetus (Horace - Odes I)
  9. Aurea mediocritas - Golden mediocrity (Horace - Odes II, 5 - Person who does not show excess heroism or cowardice, and tries to avoid complications with anything or anyone. It is a wily behavior, rather than engage with political ideologies, social, religious, sports, and so on)
  10. Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit - The mad is either insane or he is composing verses (Horace Satirae, II, )
  11. Beatus ille - Happy is the man (Horace - Epodes II, 1)
  12. Bis repetita placent - The things, that are repeated again and again, are pleasent (Inspired from Horace - Ars poetica - haec deciens repetita placebit)
  13. Caelo tonantem credidimus iovem regnare - When we heard thunder, we though Jupiter reigned (Horace, Odes III)
  14. Cantabrum indoctum iuga ferre nostra - The Cadiz tribe, not used to bearing our yoke (Horace - Odes II, 6)
  15. Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero - Capture the day, put minimum trust on tomorrow (Horace - Odes I, 11 - Seize the day, don't let it go without taking advantage of it - Don't waste the opportunity)
  16. Coelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt - Those who cross the sea, change sky, but not soul (Horace)
  17. Cur in amicorum vitiis tam cernis acutum - Why you look so intensely to the faults of my frieds (Horace - Satire, III)
  18. Decipimur specie recti - We are deceived by the appearance of right (Horace - Ars poetica)
  19. Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit - The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn (Horace)
  20. Dimidium facti qui coepit habet - Half is done when the beginning is done (Horace)
  21. Dira necessitas - Cruel necessity (Horace)
  22. Dubius sum quid faciam - I am doubting what to do (Horace)
  23. Dulce est desipere in loco - It is delightful to play the fool (Horace)
  24. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - It is sweet and honorable to die for your country (Horace - Carmina III, 2, 13)
  25. Eram quod es, eris quod sum - I was what you are, you will be what I am (Horace, Carmina XI - Engraved in Gravestones)
  26. Est modus in rebus - There is a middle ground in things (Horace Satires)
  27. Exegi monumentum aere perennius - I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze (Horace Carmina, III, 30)
  28. Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artis intulit agresti Latio - The Conquered Greece conquered her fierce conqueror and brought the arts into the rustic Latium (Horace Epistles concerning the influence of the Greeks in the Roman arts and science)
  29. Grammatici certant - The grammarians are arguing (Horace - Ars Poetica 78)
  30. Grata superveniet, quae non sperabitur, hora! - Welcome will arrive, at the hour that was not hoped for (Horace)
  31. Hoc caverat mens provida reguli - The sighted Regulus had taken this into account (Horace - Odes - It is now used as a "Monday morning quarterback" - Someone who is right after the fact)
  32. Ibit, ibit eo quo vis qui zonam perdidit - The one who has lost his money-belt will go where you wish (Horace - Epistulae II - In reference to soldiers that lose their will to fight after they gain possessions that they want to preserve, but once the lose them they are willing to fight again)
  33. In silvam ne ligna feras - Don't carry logs into the forest (Horace)
  34. In verbis etiam tenuis cautusque serendis dixeris egregie, notum si callida verbum reddiderit iunctura novum - When putting words together is good to do it with nicety and caution, your elegance and talent will be evident if by putting ordinary words together you create a new voice (Horace - Ars Poetica)
  35. Inter Aulas Academia quaere verum - Among the classrooms of the Academy you look for the truth (This is the motto of the National University of Colombia. It is based on a Horaceís verse in reference to the Academy founded by the Greek philosopher Plato in the outskirts of Arenas, in 387 BC)
  36. Iustum et tenacem - Just and firm (Judgment of Horace)
  37. Labor limae - Work of the lime. ( Polishing works - Horace - always correct, refine)
  38. Magna est veritas et praevalet - The truth is great and it prevails (Motto of Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY)
  39. Mater saeva Cupidinum - The savage mother of Cupid (Horace - Carmina I, 19, 1 - refers to Venus, the goddess of love)
  40. Multa renascentur, quae iam cecidere, cadentque quae nunc sunt in honore vocabula, si volet usus, quem penes arbitrium est et ius et norma loquendi
    - Many words will be reborn that have already been lost and will fall into oblivion voices that today have prestige, if that is what usage wants, who is the true arbiter and ruler of the language
    (Horace - Ars poetica These famous lines condense one of the most thoughtful considerations about language that a poet has ever made)
  41. Neque semper arcum tendit Apollo - Nor does Apollo keep his bow continually drawn (Horace, Carmina 2/10:19-20)
  42. Nescit vox missa reverti - The words can not return (Horace)
  43. Nihil est ab omni parte beatum - Nothing is only happiness (Horace - Carmina)
  44. Nihil nimis - Nothing with excess (Horace)
  45. Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit - Not worth is an example that does not solve the problem (Horace)
  46. Non omnis moriam - I shall not completly die (Horace - The Latin poet knew that his works would survive him)
  47. Non, si male nunc, olim sic erit - No, but you're wrong now, and always will be (Horace)
  48. Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri - No master can make me swear blind bovedience (Horace - Epistulae I 1, 14)
  49. Nullius in verba - Words in the wind (Horace)
  50. Nunc est bibendum - Now we drink (Horace - Ode I, xxxvii, 1)
  51. Odi profanum vulgus et arceo - I hate crowds and keep them away (Horace, Carmina, III, 1)
  52. Omne tulit punctum, qui miscuit utile dulci - He, who has blended the useful with the sweet, has gained every point (Horace - Poetic Art - Verse 343)
  53. Omnes una manet nox - The same night awaits us all (Horace)
  54. Pallida mors aequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas regumque turres - The pale death strikes in similar fashion in the huts of the poor and in the palaces of kings (Horace - Odes Also mentioned in the Preface of "Don Quixote of the Mancha",1605, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
  55. Palmam qui meruit ferat - The glory is for those who deserve (Phrase is placed on the catafalque Horace Nelson, the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar [21-10-1805])
  56. Populus me sibilat at mihi plaudo Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca - People hiss at me, but I applaude myself in my own house, and at the same time contemplate the money in my chest (Horace - Satire - on greed)
  57. Quam temere in nosmet legem sancismus iniquam - With what recklessness do we sanction an iniquitous law against us (Horace)
  58. Qui studet optatam cursu contingere metam multa tulit fecitque puer, sudavit et alsit Abstinuit Venere et Baccho - He who wants to achieve his desired career goal, as a child must endure and do a lot of things, sweat a lot, and experience harsh cold, and refrain from Venus (goddess of love) an Bacchus (god of wine) (Horace - Arts Poetica - Motto used by arts students)
  59. Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur - Why are you laughing? Just change the name and the fable is about you (Horace)
  60. Quod ut superbo prouoces ab inguine, ore adlaborandum est tibi - If you want to raise my proud crotch, you have to work it with the mouth. (Horace Epodes, VIII, 18)
  61. Rem facias, rem, si possis, recte; si non, quocumque modo - Make money, money. If you can, honestly, if not, in any way you can (Horace Epistulae)
  62. Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat - That prevents me from telling the truth with a smile (Horace)
  63. Rixari de lana caprina - Argue over a goat's hair (Horace - For no reason)
  64. Saepe stilum vertas - Often stimulate your pen (Horace)
  65. Sus amica luto - The pig friend of the mud (Horace - Like a friend told me, arguing with engineers is like wrestling with a pig in the mud, after a while you realize that the pig likes it)
  66. Tecum vivere amem, tecum obeam libens - I want to live, and die with you. ( Horace - Thank you: Grant )
  67. Vestigia terrent - Threatening footprints (Horace)
  68. Victoria natura est insulens et superba - Victory is by nature superb and insulting. (Horace)
  69. Vitiis nemo sine nascitur - No one is born without faults (Nobody is perfect - Horace)
  70. Volvere vortices - Spinning vortex (Horace)

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