Carpe Diem

What does carpe diem mean?

Seize the day

Carpe diem is Latin for "seize the day." People use the phrase (pronounced "car-pay dee-um") when encouraging others to focus on the present and make the most of current opportunities.

For example, if your friend shares that she's nervous about playing in a big playoff game, you might try to encourage her by saying, "You got this, gurl! Carpe diem!" Or, your high school English teacher may encourage your class to make the most of their lives ahead of them by repeating "Carpe diem."

Origin of carpe diem

Carpe diem originates from Odes, a piece of literature written by the Roman poet Horace around 23 BC. It literally means "pluck the day," but has transformed into seize the day through the years. Now, many people use it to encourage people to not worry about the future and to live in the moment, making the most out of their opportunities.


Are you ready for your job interview this afternoon?
You know it. Carpe diem!
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Encouraging carpe diem tweet

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Updated July 19, 2023

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