Saturday, January 1, 2011

Carpe Diem

"Don't ask (it's forbidden to know) what end the gods will grant to me or you, Leuconoe. 
Don't play with Babylonian fortune-telling either. It is better to endure whatever will be.
Whether Jupiter has allotted to you many more winters or this final one which even now wears out the Tyrrhenian sea on the rocks placed opposite — be wise, strain the wine, and scale back your long hopes to a short period. While we speak, envious time will have {already} fled Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future."
--Horace

This is the Latin poem roughly translated into English by the poet Horace.
I love the idea found within the aphorism 'Carpe Diem'.
It is my 2011 New Year's Resolution.
I want to live each day more fully & to not wish for the time to simply pass me by.
Because frequently it is easier to do that.

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." 
-Theodore Roosevelt

I want to seize each & every day.

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