seize the day
Calque of Latin carpe diem, originally meaning "enjoy the day", literally "pluck (or harvest) the day", from a poem by the ancient poet Horace. In Latin, it was common to use carpo (“I pluck something, pick off”) metaphorically to express enjoying a period of time. The use of seize is a traditional mistranslation originating from a confusion with cape, singular imperative of capio (“I seize something, grab”).
- (idiomatic) To enjoy the present and not worry about the future; to live for the moment.
- (idiomatic) To make the most of today by achieving fulfillment in a philosophical or spiritual sense.
- (idiomatic) To attack the day's efforts with vigor and purpose.