THE SAYINGS OF PUBLILIUS SYRUS (Part 17)

This is part 17 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 # 161
Reproach in misfortune is an unseasonable cruelty. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 162
It is barbarity, not courage, that can slay babes. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 163
Tears gratify a savage nature, they do not melt it. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 164
Anger blazes forth but once against its object. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 165
He who has no home, is a dead man without a sepulcher. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 166
He whom the popular voice approves, holds the key of the people’s treasure. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 167
He who can get more than belongs to him, is apt to accommodate his desires to his opportunity. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 168
To be always giving, is to encourage a forcible taking when one refuse to give. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 169
Every man is a master in his own calling. 

PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 170
Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.

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