Amazing Horace Quotes

Be smart, drink your wine.

Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes, bids the coward flight, drives dull care away, and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes.

Who after wine, talks of wars hardships or of poverty.

Where there are many beauties in a poem I shall not cavil at a few faults proceeding either from negligence or from the imperfection of our nature.

It is not enough that poetry is agreeable, it should also be interesting.

Let your poem be kept nine years.

Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets’ being second-rate.

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

Every old poem is sacred.

It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar – that I call an achievement.

Often you must turn your stylus to erase, if you hope to write anything worth a second reading.

Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.

The man is either crazy or he is a poet.

Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one’s abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

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

Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.