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Horace

BC 65-8. Latin lyric poet.

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Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.

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You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.

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One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.

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Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

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I shall not wholly die, and a great part of me will escape the grave.

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Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of themselves, who neither poverty, death or captivity terrify, who is strong to resist his appetites and shun honors, and is complete in themselves smooth and round like a globe.

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When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.

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They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.

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

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Tear thyself from delay.

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