It encourages youth to enjoy life before it is too late; compare "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" from Robert Herrick's 1648 poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"."" ("On the Shortness of Life"), often referred to as "Gaudeamus igitur", (Let us rejoice) is a popular academic commercium song, on taking joy in student life, with the knowledge that one will someday die. Related but distinct is the expression memento mori (remember that you are mortal) which carries some of the same connotation as phrase as used by Horace.

Perhaps the first written expression of the concept is the advice given by Siduri to Gilgamesh, telling him to forgo his mourning and embrace life although some scholars see it as simply urging Gilgamesh to abandon his mourning, "reversing the liminal rituals of mourning and returning to the normal and normative behaviors of Mesopotamian society.", which can be translated as "Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow (the future)".

The ode says that the future is unforeseen and that one should not leave to chance future happenings, but rather one should do all one can today to make one's future better.

The song numerously references the or "Seize the Day" aphorism as part of its storyline.

The song also includes audio samples from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society and quotes from Robert Herrick's poem, "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", all of which are conceived surrounding the concept of .

It turned out we had friends in common too, I could go on and on.

We have so many plans and it's all rather wonderful.This phrase is usually understood against Horace's Epicurean background.("Of growing roses", also called Idyllium de rosis) attributed to Ausonius or Virgil.The television series Community later satirized the movie with the recurring character of Professor Whitman, a comedically eccentric version of Williams' character who uses "Carpe diem" as his guiding philosophy.The American progressive metal band Dream Theater released the 23-minute epic "A Change of Seasons" on their 1995 EP of the same name."Carpe Diem" is a song by Tuli Kupferberg, which originally appeared in 1965 as "Seize The Day" on The Village Fugs Sing Ballads of Contemporary Protest, Point of Views, and General Dissatisfaction (Broadside/Folkways).