Carpe Diem

…sapias, vina liques, et spatio brevi
spem longam reseces. Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

Be wise, decant the wine, prune back
your long-term hopes. Life ebbs as I speak—
so sieze each day, and grant the next no credit.

Horace, Odes (Carmina), Book I Ode XI

No, I haven’t started my study of Latin (see previous post) but I am almost finished my study of The Well-Educated Mind. The last chapter is on poetry, which until recently has been an inscrutible mystery to me, probably due to my former, Bush-like insulation from real life experience, a result (in my case) of youth, introversion, and a stable, cushy environment at home and at school. I’m starting to get it now (whether I like it or not) including the ever-popular “time’s a-wastin'” theme. Apparently getting old(er) never gets old.

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3 comments on “Carpe Diem

  1. Julie says:

    Hello — I found you via BookLust. My blog is also called Bookworm, and I'm also an INTJ. (!) You have a great blog and I look forward to visiting again soon. The Lexis section in your sidebar is a wonderful idea.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Hi Julie! Ok, this is spooky. We are both INTJ, we both have blogs named “Bookworm,” we started blogging the same week, we are both writers and editors (though my editor self is on hiatus right now), we both (if I may be so bold) have an eye for design, and we both like The Dark Is Rising! Obviously the dopplegänger theory applies in the blogosphere!

  3. Antony says:

    My favourite Latin Quotes are
    Non scholae sed vitae discimus
    “We learn not for school, but for life”
    and
    Sermo datur cunctis; animi sapientia paucis
    “Speech is given to many; intelligence to few”
    Wise words I think!
    Actually, there are lots of other nice ones at Latin quote ideas.

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