Sage Advice for Writers and Poets 2,000 years ago from Horace (d. 8 BC)

Painting: Horace reads before Maecenas, by Bronnikov, 1863. –

Spoken 2,000 years ago and still relevant!!!

“No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.”

“Struggling to be brief I become obscure.”

“You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don’t labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.”

“You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.”

“One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.”


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