45 Motivational Horace Quotes For Success In Life

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. This Horace quotes will motivate you.

Best Horace Quotes

  1. “Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” ~ Horace
  2. “Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.” ~ Horace
  3. “We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.” ~ Horace
  4. “Youth is unduly busy with pampering the outer person.” ~ Horace
  5. “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” ~ Horace
  6. “Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.” ~ Horace
  7. “A good scare is worth more than good advice.” ~ Horace
  8. “The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor.” ~ Horace
  9. “Wisdom at times is found in folly.” ~ Horace

  10. “He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure.” ~ Horace
  11. “Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.” ~ Horace
  12. “Be modest in speech, but excel in action.” ~ Horace
  13. “Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” ~ Horace
  14. “Life is largely a matter of expectation.” ~ Horace
  15. “Rule your mind or it will rule you.” ~ Horace
  16. “Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?” ~ Horace
  17. “Unless the vessel be pure, everything which is poured into it will turn sour.” ~ Horace

  18. “Clogged with yesterday’s excess, the body drags the mind down with it.” ~ Horace
  19. “They change their skies,
    but not their souls
    who run across the sea.” ~ Horace
  20. “Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.” ~ Horace
  21. “The more a man denies himself, the more shall he obtain from God.” ~ Horace
  22. “He who speaks ill of an absent friend, or fails to take his part if attacked by another, that man is a scoundrel.” ~ Horace
  23. “As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it” ~ Horace
  24. “No poem was ever written by a drinker of water.” ~ Horace

  25. “Mistakes are their own instructors.” ~ Horace, Horace quotes on mistakes
  26. “If it is well with your belly, chest, and feet – the wealth of kings can’t give you more.” ~ Horace
  27. “Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said, the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, everything superfluous runs over as from a full vessel.” ~ Horace
  28. “The common people are but ill judges of a man’s merits; they are slaves to fame, and their eyes are dazzled with the pomp of titles and large retinue. No wonder, then, that they bestow their honors on those who least deserve them.” ~ Horace
  29. “Remember to be calm in adversity.” ~ Horace

  30. “There is a fault common to all singers. When they’re among friends and are asked to sing they don’t want to, and when they’re not asked to sing they never stop.” ~ Horace
  31. “Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.” ~ Horace
  32. “If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.” ~ Horace
  33. “Enjoy in happiness the pleasures which each hour brings with it.” ~ Horace
  34. “Get money first; virtue comes after.” ~ Horace
  35. “Virtue consists in fleeing vice.” ~ Horace
  36. “Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.” ~ Horace
  37. “Remember to preserve a calm soul amid difficulties.” ~ Horace

  38. “He who is greedy is always in want.” ~ Horace
  39. “You traverse the world in search of happiness which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.” ~ Horace
  40. “Whatever advice you give, be short.” ~ Horace
  41. “Blend a little folly with thy worldly plans: it is delightful to give loose on a proper occasion.” ~ Horace
  42. “Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own: he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. Be fair or foul or rain or shine, the joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine. Not Heaven itself upon the past has power, but what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.” ~ Horace
  43. “He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.” ~ Horace

  44. “What’s well begun is half done.” ~ Horace
  45. “A word once let out of the cage cannot be whistled back again.” ~ Horace
  46. “Don’t just think, do.” ~ Horace
  47. “When you have well thought out your subject, words will come spontaneously.” ~ Horace
  48. “Splendidly mendacious.
    [Lat., Splendide mendax.]” ~ Horace
  49. “It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity” ~ Horace
  50. “Dare to begin! He who postpones living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.” ~ Horace
  51. “In times of stress, be bold and valiant.” ~ Horace

  52. “Let’s put a limit to the scramble for money. … Having got what you wanted, you ought to begin to bring that struggle to an end.” ~ Horace
  53. “Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.” ~ Horace
  54. “He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise -begin!” ~ Horace
  55. “He appears mad indeed but to a few because the majority is infected with the same disease.” ~ Horace

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