Horace for English Readers: Being a Translation of the Poems of Quintus Horatius Flaccus Into English Prose

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Clarendon Press, 1903 - 363 pages
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Page 344 - Socratic papers will direct you in the choice of your subjects ; and words will spontaneously accompany the subject, when it is well conceived. He who has learned what he owes to his country, and what to his friends ; with what affection a parent, a brother, and a stranger, are to be loved ; what is the duty of a senator, what of a judge ; what the duties of a general sent out to war ; he, [I say,] certainly knows how to give suitable attributes to every character.
Page 332 - Many a term which has fallen from use shall have a second birth, and those shall fall that are now in high honor, if so Usage shall will it, in whose hands is the arbitrament, the right and rule of speech.
Page 107 - I have lived; to-morrow the Sire may fill the sky with black clouds or with cloudless sunshine.
Page 279 - They change their sky, not their soul, who run across the sea. We work hard at doing nothing: we seek happiness in yachts and four-horse coaches.
Page 345 - When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully.
Page 340 - My aim shall be a poem so moulded of common materials that all the world may hope as much for itself...
Page 44 - When shall Modesty find again his peer, and stainless Faith, own sister to Justice, and naked Truth?
Page 335 - It is a hard task to treat what is common in a way of your own; and you are doing more rightly in breaking the tale of Troy into acts than in giving the world a new story of your own telling. You may acquire private rights in common ground, provided you will neither linger in the one hackneyed and easy round ; nor trouble to render word for word with the faithfulness of a translator...
Page 327 - How does it relieve you to pluck out one thorn out of many? If you do not know how to live aright, make way for those who do. You have played enough, have eaten and drunk enough. It is time for you to leave the scene; lest, when you have drunk more than your fair share, you be laughed at and driven away by an age to which play is more becoming.
Page 345 - He has gained every vote who has mingled profit with pleasure by delighting the reader at once and instructing him.

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