It is not he who has many possessions that you should call blessed: he more rightly deserves that name who knows how to use the gods' gifts wisely and to endure harsh poverty, and who fears dishonor more than death.

Non possidentem multa vocaveris
Recte beatum: rectius occupat
Nomen beati, qui deorum
Maneribus sapienter uti
Duramque callet pauperiem pati
Peiusque leto flagitium timet.

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Authentication Score 2

Original Citation

Horace. Carmina [Odes]. 23 BC, bk. 4, no. 9.

Current Citation

Horace. "Odes." The Complete Odes and Epodes, translated by David West. Oxford University Press, 2008, bk. 4, no. 9.