Ode I-XI Carpe Diem by Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace)

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    One of Horace's odes uses agricultural metaphors to urge us to embrace the pleasures available in everyday life instead of relying on remote aspirations for the future—this is where his immortal motto “Carpe Diem”, or “pluck/[seize] the day”:[TABLE]
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    [TD]English (To view in your language you can translate using this icon: [​IMG] in the tool bar)[/TD]
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    [TD]Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefas, quem mihi, quem tibi[/TD]
    [TD]Don't ask (it's forbidden to know) what end[/TD]
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    [TD]finem di dederint, Leuconoe, nec Babylonios[/TD]
    [TD]the gods have granted to me or you, Leuconoe. Don't play with Babylonian[/TD]
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    [TD]temptaris numeros. ut melius, quidquid erit, pati.[/TD]
    [TD]fortune-telling either. How much better it is to endure whatever will be![/TD]
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    [TD]seu pluris hiemes seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam,[/TD]
    [TD]Whether Jupiter has allotted to you many more winters or this final one[/TD]
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    [TD]quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare Tyrrhenum:[/TD]
    [TD]which even now wears out the Tyrrhenian sea on the rocks placed opposite[/TD]
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    [TD]sapias, vina liques et spatio brevi[/TD]
    [TD]— be wise, strain the wine, and scale back your long hopes[/TD]
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    [TD]spem longam reseces. dum loquimur, fugerit invida[/TD]
    [TD]to a short period. While we speak, envious time will have {already} fled[/TD]
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    [TD]aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.[/TD]
    [TD]Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.[/TD]
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    And the man behind the words:
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    ~Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace)[/SPOIL]​
     

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