carpe diem

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin carpe diem (seize the day).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɑː.peɪ ˈdiː.əm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑɹ.peɪ ˈdi.əm/
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Proverb[edit]

carpe diem

  1. Seize the day, make the most of today, enjoy the present.
    • 1905, G. K. Chesterton, Heretics[1], New York: John Lane, OL 24174141M:
      It is the carpe diem religion; but the carpe diem religion is not the religion of happy people, but of very unhappy people.
    • 2007 July 30, Lee Harris, “Can Carpe Diem Societies Survive?”, in The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat to the West, New York: Basic Books, ISBN 9780465002030, LCCN 2007007954, OL 9697473M, page 241:
      Indeed, in an extreme carpe diem society, children are raised without being given any sense that they have a transgenerational duty to the as yet unborn— the duty to leave them a better world.
    • 2011 January 29, “Rollercoaster: The Musical!”, Phineas and Ferb season 2 episode 38, “Carpe Diem” (song):
      Just grab those opportunities when you see 'em / Cause every day's a brand new day, you gotta carpe diem

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Horace, Odes I.xi.8: Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero, meaning “seize the day while trusting little on what tomorrow might bring”.

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Phrase[edit]

carpe diem

  1. carpe diem, seize the day

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Proverb[edit]

carpe diem

  1. seize the day (enjoy the present)