The Wisdom of Carpe Diem

Two words in a single line of one of the beautiful odes of the Roman poet, Horace, were Carpe Diem, which freely rendered mean: Enjoy the present day. In those few words, Carpe Diem, there is a world of philosophy and wisdom.

Today is all we have—all that we ever can have. Yesterday can never be recalled; Tomorrow—that which we are ever preparing to enjoy—will never come. But to enjoy the present day,

Contentment is absolutely essential. For the discontented man, the sun shines, the summer breezes blow, the fields are dressed in green, the brooks murmur, and the flowers bloom, all in vain.

"Strain your wine and prove your wisdom; life is short; should hope be more? In the moment of our talking, envious time has ebb'd away. Seize the present; trust tomorrow e'en as little as you may. "Odes Horace

All things outward are just what the mind inward makes of them. To the contented mind, it matters little what the face of nature is. Says Moutaigue: "Everyone is well or ill at ease, according to as he finds himself not he whom the world believes, but he who believes himself to bo so, is content.

Or Robin Williams sums it up perfectly

Check out our Minimalist "Carpe Diem" Prints

Carpe Diem Whale and Boat Art Print

Carpe Diem Modern Typographical Print