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Roman poet
(65 BC - 8 BC)
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What has this unfeeling age of ours left untried, what wickedness has it shunned?
  [Lat., Quid nos dura refugimus
    AEtas, quid intactum nefasti
      - Carmina (I, 35, 34) [Evil]

Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.
  [Lat., Pallida mors aequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas
    Regumque turres.]
      - Carmina (I, 4, 13) [Death]

The short span of life forbids us to spin out hope to any length. Soon will night be upon you, and the fabled Shades, and the shadowy Plutonian home.
      - Carmina (I, 4, 15) [Life]

With equal pace, impartial Fate
  Knocks at the palace, as the cottage gate.
      - Carmina (I, 4, 17),
        (Francis's translation) [Fate]

And joined with the Nymphs the lovely Graces.
  [Lat., Junctaeque Nymphis Gratiae decentes.]
      - Carmina (I, 4, 6) [Gods]

For whom do you bind your hair, plain in your neatness?
  [Lat., Cui flavam religas comam
    Simplex munditiis?]
      - Carmina (I, 5, 4), (Milton's translation)

Never despair while under the guidance and auspices of Teucer.
  [Lat., Nil desperandum Teucro duce et auspice Teucro.]
      - Carmina (I, 7, 27) [Despair]

Now drown care in wine.
  [Lat., Nunc vino pellite curas.]
      - Carmina (I, 7, 32) [Wine and Spirits]

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and to take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
  [Lat., Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere: et
    Quem Fors dierum cunque dabit, lucro
      - Carmina (I, 9, 13) [Future]

Leuconoe, close the book of fate,
  For troubles are in store,
    . . . .
      Live today, tomorrow is not.
      - Carmina (I, XI) [Tomorrow]

Nor does Apollo keep his bow continually drawn.
  [Lat., Neque semper arcum
    Tendit Apollo.]
      - Carmina (II, 10) [Gods]

A well-prepared mind hopes in adversity and fears in prosperity.
  [Lat., Sperat infestis, metuit secundis
    Alteram sortem, bene preparatum
      - Carmina (II, 10, 13) [Mind]

If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.
  [Lat., Non si male nunc et olim
    Sic erit.]
      - Carmina (II, 10, 17) [Change]

Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.
  [Lat., Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula.]
      - Carmina (II, 10, 5) [Moderation]

The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; high towers fall with a heavier crash; and the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
  [Lat., Saepius ventis agitatur ingens
    Pinus, et celsae gravitore casu
      Decidunt terres feriuntque summos
        Fulgura montes.]
      - Carmina (II, 10, 9) [Fate]

Man is never watchful enough against dangers that threaten him every hour.
  [Lat., Quid quisque vitet nunquam homini satis
    Cautum est in horas.]
      - Carmina (II, 13, 13) [Danger]

What exile from his country is able to escape from himself?
  [Lat., Patriae quis exul se quoque fugit.]
      - Carmina (II, 16, 19) [Love of Country]

Nothing is beautiful from every point of view.
  [Lat., Nihil est ab omni
    Parte beatum.]
      - Carmina (II, 16, 27) [Beauty]

We are all compelled to take the same road; from the urn of death, shaken for all, sooner or later the lot must come forth.
  [Lat., Omnes eodem cogimur; omnium
    Versatur urna serius, ocius
      Sors exitura.]
      - Carmina (II, 3, 25) [Death]

Necessity takes impartially the highest and the lowest.
  [Lat., Aequa lege necessitas
    Sortitur insignes et imos.]
      - Carmina (III, 1, 14) [Necessity]

In the capacious urn of death, every name is shaken.
  [Lat., Omne capax movet urna nomen.]
      - Carmina (III, 1, 16) [Death]

Splendidly mendacious.
  [Lat., Splendide mendax.]
      - Carmina (III, 11, 35) [Lying]

The more a man denies himself, the more he shall receive from heaven. Naked, I seek the camp of those who covet nothing.
  [Lat., Quanto quisque sibi plura negaverit,
    A dis plura feret. Nil cupientium
      Nudus castra peto.]
      - Carmina (III, 16, 21)
        [Contentment : Proverbs]

The more we deny ourselves, the more the gods supply our wants.
  [Lat., Quanto quisque sibi plura negaverit,
    A dis plura feret.]
      - Carmina (III, 16, 21) [Gods]

Those who want much, are always much in need; happy the man to whom God gives with a sparing hand what is sufficient for his wants.
  [Lat., Multa petentibus
    Desunt multa; bene est cui deus obtulit
      Parca quod satis est manu.]
      - Carmina (III, 16, 42) [Contentment]

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