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If a man's fortune does not fit him,
by Horace

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.
- Horace

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace

The harder you fall the higher you bounce.
- Horace

 

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

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
- Horace

Anger is a short madness.
- Horace

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A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace

Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
- Horace

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
- Horace

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.
- Horace

The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds;
High towers fall with a heavier crash;
And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
- Horace

Fidelity is the sister of justice.
- Horace

The pen is the tongue of the mind.
- Horace

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

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
- Horace

Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow,
and everyday that fortune grants you,
count as gain.
- Horace

In adversity remember to keep an even mind.
- Horace

Strange - is it not? That of the myriads who Before
us passed the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.
- Horace

Cease to inquire what the future has in store,
and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
- Horace

It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while.
- Horace

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

Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.
- Horace

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

If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
- Horace

Every old poem is sacred.
- Horace

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

Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.
- Horace

Make a good use of the present.
- Horace

Whatever advice you give, be short.
- Horace

A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.
- Horace

Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.
- Horace

He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.
- Horace

Choose a subject equal to your abilities;
think carefully what your shoulders may refuse,
and what they are capable of bearing.
- Horace

What we learn only through the ears makes less impression
upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye.
- Horace

Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it;
a mistress,
if thou knowest not.
- Horace

Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.
- Horace

I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.
- Horace

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

I teach that all men are mad.
- Horace

The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor.
- Horace

Life is largely a matter of expectation.
- Horace

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes,
and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
- Horace

He tosses aside his paint-pots and his words a foot and a half long.
- Horace

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.
- Horace

It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
- Horace

Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?
- Horace

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.
- Horace

Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved,
the silent for a sullen person.
- Horace

You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.
- Horace

In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.
- Horace

Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad;
the quick thinking the sedate,
and the careless the busy and industrious.
- Horace

It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.
- Horace

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

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans.
It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
- Horace

No verse can give pleasure for long,
nor last,
that is written by drinkers of water.
- Horace

He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
- Horace

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience,
which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
- Horace

The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice.
- Horace

Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze.
- Horace

It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.
- Horace

Don't think, just do.
- Horace

Mountains will go into labour, and a silly little mouse will be born.
- Horace

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public
eye for nine years at least.
- Horace

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the
poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
- Horace

We are just statistics, born to consume resources.
- Horace

Labor diligently to increase your property.
- Horace

Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
- Horace

When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.
- Horace

Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.
- Horace


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