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Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace (see "Source" section below) that has become an aphorism. It is popularly translated as "seize the day". Carpe literally means "to pick, pluck, pluck off, cull, crop, gather", but Ovid used the word in the sense of, "to enjoy, seize, use, make use of".

Popular culture

John Keating, a character played by Robin Williams in the film Dead Poets Society (1989) says, "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." The American Film Institute ranked this line number 95 in its list of the 100 best quotations in American film history, and the phrase was also the title of a soundtrack in the movie. In the Oscar-winning short Harvie Krumpet, Harvie's empty life is changed completely when he sees the inscription underneath a statue of Horace, prompting him to seize the day and do as he pleases.

Carpe Diem is the name of a song by Authority Zero. Seize the Day is name of a song by American metal band Avenged Sevenfold, from their 2005 album City of Evil. 'Carpe Diem Baby' is name of a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, from their 1997 album ReLoad. 'Carpe Diem' is name of a song by American progressive metalcore band August Burns Red, from their 2011 album Leveler. Carpe Diem is the name of Japanese rock band Aqua Timez's 2011 album, and is the name of a song by punk rock band Green Day. The song A Change of Seasons by Dream Theater also references the concept of Carpe Diem, and quotes the aforementioned painting Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May. American Alternative metal band Egypt Central used the term in their song Change from their 2011 album White Rabbit. It was used as the name of a trophy/achievement in the 2011 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Author Terry Pratchett parodied the phrase in his novel, Carpe Jugulum, which he translated as "go for the throat."

"Seize the Day" is the name of a song on the 2010 album "Big Slice" by the Canadian rock band Jonas & The Massive Attraction.

"Carpe Diem" is a song in the series Phineas and Ferb .

"Seize The Day" is a song by Avenged Sevenfold

"Seize The Day" is a musical number from the musical "Newsies"

See also

Tempus fugit





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