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Carpe diem

 
Carpe diem
Seize the day


Once again, Macdonnel in "A dictionary of quotations, in most frequent use" gives us a preciously worded summation regarding the meaning of 'carpe diem' Carpe diem quam minime credula postero. Lat. Hor. "Enjoy the present day, as distrusting that which is to follow." -- This is one of the maxims of the Epicurean school, which recommended, but no doubt unwisely, the immediate enjoyment of sensual pleasures in preference to remote speculation.

It should be noted that the "Carpe diem" motto is occasionally found as a sundial motto. I somewhat disapprove of that, because in my opinion sundial mottos should be a little more somber in their mood, and they are better off reflecting on eternity, other than the pleasures of the fleeting moment.

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