Dead Poets Society

What does "Carpe Diem" mean? and why does Mr. Keating tell his students this?

I couldnt remember when this part was said un the movie

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Carpe Diem is Latin for "seize the day." Mr. Keating encourages his students to "suck the marrow" out of life. They should take chances and risks, within reason, to discover the potential of life.