carpe diem

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin carpe diem (enjoy the day, literally pluck (or harvest) the day).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɑː.piː ˈdaɪ.ɛm/[1], IPA(key): /ˌkɑː.peɪ ˈdiː.əm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑɹ.pi ˈdaɪ.ɛm/, IPA(key): /ˌkɑɹ.peɪ ˈdi.əm/
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Proverb[edit]

carpe diem

  1. enjoy the present, make the most of today, (common mistranslation) seize the day
    • 1905, Chesterton, G. K., 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, Harris, Lee, “Can Carpe Diem Societies Survive?”, in The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat to the West, New York: Basic Books, →ISBN, 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!”, in 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ “carpe diem”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the end of the poem Odes I.11 by Horace, ancient Roman poet.

Sapiās, vīna liquēs, et spatio brevī
spem longam resecēs. Dum loquimur, fūgerit invidā
aetās. Carpe diem quam minimum crēdula posterō.
Be wise, make wine, and in a short time,
lose any great hope. As we speak, time is cruelly slipping away.
Enjoy the day, believing the least in the future.

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Phrase[edit]

carpe diem

  1. carpe diem, enjoy the day, (common mistranslation) seize the day

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Proverb[edit]

carpe diem

  1. seize the day (enjoy the present)