Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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65 – 8 BCE

One of the most famous Roman poets during his time and still considered one of the best from any time, Horace also became a spokesman for the Caesars during Rome’s change from Republic to Empire. A continuing aspect of Western education until our own times, he influenced Milton, Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, Omar Khayyam, Kipling, Robert Frost and most Western poets. The insight and wisdom condensed in his famous phrases like “carpe diem“ vividly live in our own culture more than 2000 years after his time.

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Ode XI

Quotes by Horace (18 quotes)

“A picture is a poem without words.”

Chapters: 64. Ordinary Mind

Themes: Poetry

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“carpe diem (seize the day)… As we speak, cruel time is fleeing. Seize the day, believing as little as possible in the morrow.”

Chapters: 35. The Power of Goodness

Themes: Here and Now

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“Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.”

Chapters: 44. Fame and Fortune

Themes: Success

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“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.”

Chapters: 40. Returning

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“He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.”

Chapters: 64. Ordinary Mind

Themes: Skillful Means

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“He who is greedy is always in want.”

Chapters: 75. Greed

Themes: Greed

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“He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.”

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

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“How slight and insignificant is the thing which casts down or restores a mind greedy for praise.”

Chapters: 77. Stringing a Bow

Themes: Greed

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“The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.”

Chapters: 66. Go Low

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“They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.”

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success
80. A Golden Age

Themes: Travel Change

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“Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.”

Chapters: 50. Claws and Swords

Themes: Death and Dying

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“Why so quick to remove a speck from your eye, when If it's your mind, you put off the cure till next year?”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

Themes: Complaint

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“Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.”

Chapters: 14. Finding and Following the Formless Form
48. Unlearning

Themes: Books

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“It is a great piece of folly to sacrifice the inner for the outer and trade the whole or greater part of our quiet leisure and independence for fame, fortune, pleasure, power or any of the other external seductions.”

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“How little is required to enslave a mind greedy for praise.
(Sic leve, sic parvum est, animum quod laudis avarum Subruit ac reficit)”

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“[Pindar’s poetry is like] A river bursting its banks and rushing down a mountain with uncontrollable momentum, rain-saturated, churning, and chanting thunder.”

Themes: Control

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“Give me again my hollow Tree,
A crust of Bread and Liberty.”

Themes: Freedom

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“don't meddle with Babylonian horoscopes. How much better to accept whatever comes”

from Ode XI

Themes: Letting Go

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Quotes about Horace (2 quotes)

“Horace is the complete man of the world, with tolerance for all and partisanship for none. A Benjamin Franklin turned poet, a poetical Montaigne, a poet whose distinguishing characteristic is common sense with that most delightful gift of enjoying keenly all life's simplest pleasures... Who would not like to see Horace walk in through his door any day in the year? Immediately everything would seem more agreeable”

Edith Hamilton 1867 – 1963 CE via Shan Dao
from Roman Way

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“Ovid and Horace challenge comparison with the best elegiac and lyric poets of Greece.”

H. G. Wells 1866 – 1946 CE
A father of science fiction and One World Government apostle
from Outline of History

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