When your neighbor’s wall is on fire, it becomes your business.

[Num tua res agitur paries cum proximus ardet.]

Horace (65-8 BC) Roman poet and satirist [Quintus Horacius Flaccus]
Epistles, Book 1, Epistle 18, l. 84 (c. 20 BC and 14 BC)

Alt trans.: "It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire."

Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 8-Dec-10
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One Response to Epistles, Book 1, Epistle 18, l. 84 (c. 20 BC and 14 BC)

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