THE SAYINGS OF PUBLILIUS SYRUS (Part 12)

This is part 12 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 #111
The slothful enjoyment of it, is the worst part of prosperity. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #112
Even in death, a good man would not deceive. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #113
To spare the guilty is to injure the innocent. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #114
The more skillfully the language of goodness is assumed, the greater the depravity.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #115
A good man’s severity is next neighbor to justice. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #116
A mean man’s generosity is a generous man’s meanness. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #117
A good man loves to sit at a good man’s table. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #118
In the presence of a good man, anger is speedily cooled. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #119
It is well to moor your bark with two anchors. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS #120
Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills which you should avoid. 

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