Skip to content

Carpe Diem

Definition of Carpe Diem

It is a phrase widely used in ancient Roman poetry that means, translated from Latin, “seize the moment“. In other words, it is an invitation to live each moment as if it were your last.

It is a recurring theme in universal literature in which an exhortation is made to live each day because the future cannot be assured.


  1. Seize the moment
  2. Live this day
  3. Today is the day to be happy
  4. YOLO
  5. Hakuna Matata


Carpe diem is a phrase that comes from Latin and has been adopted by many languages ​​as part of literature. Carpe is a verb that in Spanish can be translated as “start” or “start” and diem is the accusative of the word “day”. For this reason, it means “seize the moment”.

The first appearance of this term was in the “Odes of Horace“, exactly, at one, eleven and eighteen. In these texts he refers exactly to “live today”. For all the above, the origin of the phrase dates back to the 1st century BC.


In Horaco’s poems, he directs his recommendations to a woman named Leuconoé, among other things, he tells her how to get around the present.

In the movie “The club of dead poets” the phrase “carpe diem” is one of the most important topics, since the protagonist (Robbie Williams) motivated his students with her to live in the present. Literature is an important part of the plot.

Carpediem is the stage name of Colombian rapper William Daniel Martín Martínez. He is known, among other things, for being the champion of the “Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos” held in Colombia in 2019.