vita summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam

the shortness of life prevents us from entertaining far-off hopes


A wistful refrain, sometimes used ironically. From the first line of Horace's Ode I; later used as the title of a short poem by Ernest Dowson.


  • vitalife, way of life
  • summasum, the highest part, whole
  • brevisbrief, short, small
  • nosthey tried to tell US we're too young, us, we, WE live and die by that creed
  • incoharestart, start upon, to begin, turn to