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Quotes of the Day for 8 December 2001 – Horace

Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born on this day in 65 BC at Venusia, Italy to a freed slave. He was well educated but a cowardly soldier, his first book of poetry was published when he was 30. We know him as Horace. Here are a few quotes from his work - ending with what is probably his most famous line.

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The quotes:

Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum, Multa recedentes adimiunt. (The years, as they come, bring many agreeable things with them; as they go, they take many away.)

A good scare is worth more than good advice.

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio. (When I labor to be brief, I become obscure.)

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero! (Seize the day, put little trust in tomorrow!)
     - Horace, 65 - 8 BC

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