Horace (65 B.C. - 8 B.C.)
Quotations


Beggars, actors, buffoons, and all that tribe.

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

Anger is a brief lunacy.

Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.

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

He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.

To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.

In the word of no master am I bound to believe.

He who is upright in his way of life and free from sin.

I strive to be brief but I become obscure.

You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.

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.

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?

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



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