Simply translated as “Pluck” or “Seize” “the Day,” it is the urging to live in the present moment and make the most of it, rather than worry or plan for the future.

Much literature might be said to have a “carpe diem” philosophy, a theme which fits well with epicureanism. See Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” or Frost’s “Carpe Diem,” for instance.

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