Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus 65-8BC)
Horace wrote many odes.
I believe his quotations are remarkable.
1 I strive to be brief, I become obscure.
2 Mountains will heave in childbirth, and a silly little mouse will be born.
3 To the Greeks the Muse gave native wit, to the Greeks the gift of graceful eloquence.
4 Not god, nor men, nor even booksellers have to put up with poets' being second - rate.
5 To save a man life against his will is the same as killing him.
6 We are just statistics, born to consume resources.
7 Believe each day that has dawned is your last. Some hour to which you not been looking forward will prove lovely. As for me, if you want a good laugh, you will come and find me fat and sleek, in excellent condition, one of Epicurus' heard of pigs.
8 To marvel at nothing is just about the one and only thing Numicuis, that can make a man happy and keep him that way.
9 Pale Death kicks his way equally into to the cottages of the poor and the castles of kings.
10 Mix a little foolisness with your serious plans:
it's lovely to be silly at the right moment.
11 It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.
12 While wer're talking time will have meanly run on: pick today's fruits, not relying on the future in the slightest.