seize the day

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A calque of Latin carpe diem.

Though the connotation of "carpe diem" may be used as "seize the day", it's denotation is to "pluck the day". This is where we derive the idiom of "stop and smell the roses". Carpõ means to pluck. Quintus Horatius Flaccus coined the phrase in his poem: "Even while we speak, envious time has passed: pluck the day, putting as little trust as possible in tomorrow!"

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seize the day

  1. (idiomatic) To enjoy the present and not worry about the future; to live for the moment.
  2. (idiomatic) To make the most of today by achieving fulfillment in a philosophical or spiritual sense.

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