THE SAYINGS OF PUBLILIUS SYRUS (Part 5)

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This is part five in our series of aphorisms by Publilius Syrus who was a big influence on Seneca and his own work. He is quoted by Seneca in two of his letters to Lucilius, On the Value of Advice and On the Philosopher’s Seclusion, both coming from his Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, known today as the Letters from a Stoic.  

If you have read Seneca’s work before, carefully study how the Syrus aphorisms have influenced him. 

Regardless of whether they have a Stoic context or not, they are nonetheless enjoyable. 

My favorite aphorisms are in bold.

The quotes are attributable to the D. Lyman translation.

To see other parts of this series, click here.


PUBLILIUS SYRUS #41
Love is the source of an idle anxiety.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #42
Love, like a tear, rises in the eye and falls upon the breast. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #43
Time, not the will, can put an end to love.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #44
Love’s wounds are cured by their cause. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #45
The will controls the beginnings of love, but not its endings. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #46
We all seek to know whether we shall be rich; but no one asks whether he shall be good. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #47
The plainer the table, the more wholesome the food. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #48
We should not credit the utterances of an angry spirit. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #49
A wise man rules his passions, a fool obeys them.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #50
When reason rules, money is a blessing. 

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