#10: Aere Perennius
What It Means:
"more lasting than bronze"
Where It Comes From:
In the final poem in his third book of Odes, Horace boasts that his poetry will outlive any manmade monument: "Exegi monumentum aere perennius." ("I have made a monument more lasting than bronze.")
Given that his words continue to be used two thousand years later, perhaps he's right.