Engraving of Roman poet Horace.


(65 BC - 8 BC)

The son of a former slave, Horace attended lectures at the Academy in Athens, joined the faction of Brutus after Julius Caesar’s assassination, and moved to Rome around 39 bc. With the help of the poets Virgil and Varius, he secured the patronage of the wealthy diplomat Maecenas, who gave him a house in the Sabine Hills and the time to write. Horace published multiple volumes of his Satires, Odes, and Epistles and is credited with the popularization of the phrase “carpe diem.” He was buried near the grave of Maecenas in 8 bc.

All Writing

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

—Horace, 20 BC

No poems can please long, nor live, that are written by water drinkers.

—Horace, 35 BC

If anything affects your eye, you hasten to have it removed; if anything affects your mind, you postpone the cure for a year.

—Horace, 20 BC

Who lives in fear will never be a free man.

—Horace, 19 BC

It’s your business when your neighbor’s wall is in flames.

—Horace, 19 BC

The populace may hiss me, but when I go home and think of my money, I applaud myself.

—Horace, c. 25 BC

Drive out nature with a pitchfork, and she will always come back. 

—Horace, c. 25 BC

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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, c. 35 BC

No lyric poems live long or please many people which are written by drinkers of water.

—Horace, 20 BC

Little folks become their little fate.

—Horace, c. 20 BC

O citizens, first acquire wealth; you can practice virtue afterward.

—Horace, c. 8 BC

Tomorrow we take to the mighty sea.

—Horace, 23 BC

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