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Sapere Aude - Dare to be wise

The motto Sapere Aude initially appeared in the very first College Prospectus issued in 1866. The words occur in Horace, Ep.I.ii.40:

Dimidium facti, qui coepit, habet. Sapere Aude:
Incipe. Vivendi recte qui prorogat horam.
Rudsticus expectat dum defluat amnis: at ille
Labitur et labetur in omne volubilis aevum.

The passage translated reads:

He that begins has half done. Dare to be wise: make a beginning.
He that puts off time for living to right purpose is like a clown
Waiting for the stream to flow by; but still flows that stream,
And still will flow, rolling on forever.