THE SAYINGS OF PUBLILIUS SYRUS (PART 19)

This is part 19 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 # 181
It is enough to think ill of an enemy, without speaking it.


PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 182
You can find more friends at the tenth hour, than at the first.


PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 183
A homely woman is one of the most comely of apes.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 184
Wisdom is acquired by meditation.


PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 185
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 186
Deliberation should be protracted, when the decision is to be final.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 187
When utility is our aim, a little delay is advisable.


PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 188
It is madness to put confidence in error.


PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 189
When Providence favors, you can make a safe voyage on a twig. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 190
The gods methinks must laugh when a prosperous man puts up a prayer [for more]. 

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THE SAYINGS OF PUBLILIUS SYRUS (Part 18)

This is part 18 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 # 171
What happens to one man may happen to all. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 172
When the people detest a man’s life, they call for his death. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 173
The greatest of comforts is to be free from blame. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 174
There is no safety in regaining the favor of an enemy. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 175
Anger and inordinate desire are the worst of counselors. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 176
To refuse when extreme necessity prays, is to condemn to death. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 177
The tongue of the condemned can speak, but cannot avert the doom. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 178
The gain acquired at the expense of reputation, should be counted a loss.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 179
There is rarely a loss where plenty is unknown. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 180
The blessing which could be received, can be taken away.

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