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HORACE (QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS)
Roman poet
(65 BC - 8 BC)
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Ye who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities.
  [Lat., Sumite materiam vestris, qui scribitis, aequam Viribus.]
      - Ars Poetica (38) [Authorship]

Let it (what you have written) be kept back until the ninth year.
  [Lat., Nonumque prematur in annum.]
      - Ars Poetica (388) [Authorship]

Let your poem be kept nine years.
  [Lat., Nonumque prematur in annum.]
      - Ars Poetica (388) [Poetry]

It will be practicable to blot written words which you do not publish; but the spoken word it is not possible to recall.
  [Lat., Delere licebit
    Quod non edideris; nescit vox missa reverti.]
      - Ars Poetica (389) [Words]

These trifles will lead to serious mischief.
  [Lat., Hae nugae seria ducent
    In mala.]
      - Ars Poetica (451) [Trifles]

A comic matter cannot be expressed in tragic verse.
  [Lat., Versibus exponi tragicis res comica non vult.]
      - Ars Poetica (89) [Poetry]

Painters and poets have equal license in regard to everything.
  [Lat., Pictoribus atque poetis
    Quidlibet audendi semper fuit aequa potestas.]
      - Ars Poetica (9) [Art]

It is not enough that poetry is agreeable, it should also be interesting.
  [Lat., Non satis est pulchra esse poemata, dulcia sunto.]
      - Ars Poetica (99) [Poetry]

He who would reach the desired goal must, while a boy, suffer and labor much and bear both heat and cold.
  [Lat., Qui studet optatam cursu coningere metam
    Multa tulit fecitque puer, sudavit et alsit.]
      - Ars Poetica (CCCCXII) [Labor]

I would advise him who wishes to imitate well, to look closely into life and manners, and thereby to learn to express them with truth.
  [Lat., Respicere exemplar vitae morumque jubebo
    Doctum imitatorem, et veras hinc ducere voces.]
      - Ars Poetica (CCCXVII) [Imitation]

What advice you give, be short.
  [Lat., Quidquid praecipies esto brevis.]
      - Ars Poetica (CCCXXXV) [Advice]

The coming years bring many advantages with them: retiring they take away many.
  [Lat., Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum:
    Multa recedentes adimunt.]
      - Ars Poetica (CLXXV) [Compensation]

Nor let a god come in, unless the difficulty be worthy of such an intervention.
  [Lat., Nec deus intersit nisi dignus vindice nodus.]
      - Ars Poetica (CXCI) [Gods]

It makes a great difference whether Davus or a hero speaks.
  [Lat., Intererit multum Davusne loquatur an heros.]
      - Ars Poetica (CXIV) [Oratory]

So that what is a beautiful woman on top ends in a black and ugly fish.
  [Lat., Ut turpiter atrum
    Desinat in piscem mulier formosa superne.]
      - Ars Poetica (l. 3) [Beauty]

If you wish me to weep, you yourself must first feel grief.
  [Lat., Si vis me flere, dolendum est
    Primum ipsi tibi.]
      - Ars Poetica (V, 102) [Mourning : Tears]

A vase is begun; why, as the wheel goes round, does it turn out a pitcher?
  [Lat., Amphora coepit
    Instituti; currente rota cur urceus exit?]
      - Ars Poetica (XXI) [Change]

In laboring to be concise, I become obscure.
  [Lat., Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.]
      - Ars Poetica (XXV) [Speech]

He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.
  [Lat., Delphinum sylvis appingit, fluctibus aprum.]
      - Ars Poetica (XXX)
        [Imagination : Painting : Proverbs]

I strike the stars with by sublime head.
  [Lat., Sublimi feriam sidera vertice.]
      - Carmina (bk. I, 1) [Ambition]

While we are speaking envious time will have fled. Seize the present day.
  [Lat., Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
    Aetas: carpe diem.]
      - Carmina (bk. I, 11, 7) [Time]

Enjoy the present day, trusting very little to the morrow.
  [Lat., Carpe diem, quam minime credula postero.]
      - Carmina (bk. I, 11, 8) [Time]

Nothing is difficult to mortals; we strive to reach heaven itself in our folly.
  [Lat., Nil mortalibus arduum est;
    Coelum ipsum petimus stultitia.]
      - Carmina (bk. I, 3, 37) [Heaven]

Let not a day so fair be without its white chalk mark.
  [Lat., Cressa ne careat pulchra dies nota.]
      - Carmina (bk. I, 36, 10) [Day]

Postumus, Postumus, the years glide by us:
  Alas! no piety delays the wrinkles,
    Not the indomitable hand of Death.
      [Lat., Eheu fugaces Postume, Postume,
        Labuntur anni, nec pietas moram
          Rugis et instanti senectae
            Afferet, indomitae que morti.]
      - Carmina (bk. II, 14, 1) [Time]


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