Carpe diem

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The Latin phrase carpe diem – literal translation ‘Snatch the day’ or ‘Seize the day’ – urges us to enjoy the pleasures of the present moment and not concern ourselves too much about the future, i.e., it endorses a very simple form of Ethical Hedonism.

The phrase carpe diem is part of the final line of a short poem by the Roman poet Horace: Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero (‘Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in what may come after’, Horace, Odes I, 11, line 8).

For the expression of a similar sentiment see Gaudeamus igitur.