Horatiana II

In the modern world, politicians and writers are often forced to realize that an ill-advised statement they have made cannot be revoked. In the absence of mass media, politicians of antiquity were probably less likely to suffer in this way, but it could certainly happen to writers, and Horace gives them this warning:

Nescit vox missa reverti. Ars poetica 390

A word [once] released knows not how to return.

For more Horatiana, seepages 28, Sg, 97,100, and 176.

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