Latin quotes by Horace


Horace (70-19 BC), Roman Poet

Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Main poet in lyric and satirical Latin language. His most famous works include Ars poetica, Epodi, Sermones, Epistulae and, of course, Carmina (Odas)

  1. Dulce est desipere in loco - It is delightful to play the fool (Horace)
  2. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - It is sweet and honerable to die for your country (Horace - Carmina III, 2, 13)
  3. Equam servare mentem - To perserve an even Temper (Horace - Odes)
  4. Eram quod es, eris quod sum - I was what you are, you will be what I am (Horace, Carmina XI - Engraved in Gravestones)
  5. Est modus in rebus - There is a middle ground in things (Horace Satires)
  6. Exegi monumentum aere perennius - I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze (Horace Carmina, III, 30)
  7. Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit - Captive Greece took captive her savage conqueror (Horace - Epistulae II, )
  8. Grammatici certant - The grammarians are arguing (Horace - Ars Poetica 78)
  9. Grata superveniet, quae non sperabitur, hora! - Welcome will arrived, the hour that was not hoped for. {Horace }
  10. Hoc caverat mens provida reguli - The sighted Regulus had taken this into account (Horace - Odes - It is now used as a "Monday morning quarterback" - Someone who is right after the fact)
  11. Ibit, ibit eo quo vis qui zonam perdidit - He who has lost his money-belt will go where you wish (Horace - Epistulae II - In reference to soldiers that lose their will to fight after they gain possessions that they want to preserve, but once the lose them they are willing to fight again)
  12. In silvam ne ligna feras - Don't carry logs into the forest (Horace)
  13. In verbis etiam tenuis cautusque serendis dixeris egregie, notum si callida verbum reddiderit iunctura novum - When putting words together is good to do it with nicety and caution, your elegance and talent will be evident if by putting ordinary words together you create a new voice (Horace - Ars Poetica)
  14. Inter Aulas Academia quaere verum - Among the classrooms of the Academy you look for the truth (This is the motto of the National University of Colombia. It is based on a Horaceís verse in reference to the Academy founded by the Greek philosopher Plato in the outskirts of Arenas, in 387 b.C.)
  15. Labor limae - Work of the lime. ( Polishing works - Horace - always correct, refine)
  16. Nescit vox missa reverti - The words can not return (Horace)
  17. Nihil nimis - Nothing with excess (Horace)
  18. Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit - Not worth is an example that does not solve the problem (Horace)
  19. Non omnis moriam - I shall not completly die (Horace - The Latin poet knew that his works would survive him)
  20. Non, si male nunc, olim sic erit - No, but you're wrong now, and always will be (Horace)
  21. Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri - No master can make me swear blind bovedience (Horace - Epistulae I 1, 14)
  22. Nullius in verba - Words in the wind (Horace)
  23. Nunc est bibendum - Now we drink (Horace - Ode I, xxxvii, 1)
  24. Omne tulit punctum, qui miscuit utile dulci - He, who has blended the useful with the sweet, has gained every point (Horace - Poetic Art - Verse 343)
  25. Omnes una manet nox - The same night awaits us all (Horace)
  26. Pallida mors aequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas regumque turres - The pale death strikes in similar fashion in the huts of the poor and in the palaces of kings (Horace - Odes Also mentioned in the Preface of "Don Quixote of the Mancha",1605, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
  27. Palmam qui meruit ferat - The glory is for those who deserve (Phrase is placed on the catafalque Horace Nelson, the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar [21-10-1805])
  28. Populus me sibilat at mihi plaudo Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca - People hiss at me, but I applaude myself in my own house, and at the same time contemplate the money in my chest (Horace - Satire - on greed)
  29. Tecum vivere amem, tecum obeam libens - I want to live, and die with you. { Horace - Thank you: Grant }
  30. Victoria natura est insulens et superba - Victory is by nature superb and insulting. (Horace)

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