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Horace quotes (109)

A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.
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A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
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A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
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A picture is a poem without words.
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A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.
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A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.
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A word once uttered can never be recalled.
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A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.
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Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
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Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
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Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.
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Anger is a short madness.
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Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.
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Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.
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Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
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Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.
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Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
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Don't think, just do.
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Every old poem is sacred.
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Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death.
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Fidelity is the sister of justice.
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Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
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Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
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Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
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He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
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He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.
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He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
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He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
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He tosses aside his paint-pots and his words a foot and a half long.
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He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
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He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
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I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.
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I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.
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I strive to be brief but I become obscure.
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I teach that all men are mad.
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If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
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If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.
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If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
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In adversity remember to keep an even mind.
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In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.
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It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.
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It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.
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It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar - that I call an achievement.
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It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.
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It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
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It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
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It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.
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It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire.
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It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while.
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Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.
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Labor diligently to increase your property.
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Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
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Leave the rest to the gods.
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Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least.
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Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
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Life is largely a matter of expectation.
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Make a good use of the present.
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Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
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Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.
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Mountains will go into labour, and a silly little mouse will be born.
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No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
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No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
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Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.
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O imitators, you slavish herd!
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Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
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One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.
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Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.
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Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
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Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.
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Poets wish to profit or to please.
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