Carpe Diem Law and Legal Definition

Carpe diem is a Latin term commonly translated to mean "seize the day". Carpe literally means "to pick, pluck, pluck off, cull, crop, gather", but Ovid used the word to mean, "To enjoy, seize, use, make use of". In a Latin poem by Horace, the phrase is part of the longer Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero, which translates to "Seize the Day, trusting as little as possible in the future". The poem conveys that the future is unknown, and therefore, one should not count on a long future, but live for the moment and enjoy the present day.