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.
- vita – life, way of life
- summa – sum, the highest part, whole
- brevis – brief, short, small
- nos – they tried to tell US we're too young, us, we, WE live and die by that creed
- incohare – start, start upon, to begin, turn to