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carpe diem


"Carpe diem," she said to Magnus.
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  "seize the day"
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The term refers to a common moral or theme in classical literature that the reader should make the most out of life and should enjoy it before it ends. Poetry or literature that illustrates this moral is often called poetry or literature of the "carpe diem" tradition.

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  • "Carpe diem," she said to Magnus.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Who knew you were such a carpe diem sort of guy, Doc?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • One of the Baroque period’s favorite sayings was the Latin expression ’carpe diem’—’seize the day.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • She is quite unprincipled; her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise

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  • All the sex is his carpe diem way of living life to the utmost.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Your sentiment on the wisdom of Carpe diem does not impress me today.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Carpe diem!
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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Associated words [difficulty]:   carpe diem [8]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Personal Finance, Sports, Religion - Christianity
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