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SIMPLE STOIC ADVICE HAS MOVED!

Since its initial inception in 2018, my goal of offering Simple Stoic Advice was to avoid much of the confusion that at times seems to surround the Stoic texts. Through the series, and especially in 2019, I had spent a majority of my time writing on the blog about Simple Stoic Advice, posting most of the year on Tuesdays and Thursdays with it.

But as time has gone on, I have discovered more and more people prefer the newsletters I write and like receiving the advice right in their inbox rather than through the blog.

For this reason, I started Monday Meditations which is an advancement on Simple Stoic Advice. Monday Meditations are delivered to your inbox every Monday morning featuring a breakdown of a quote, the advice it provides, a reflection, and an action item to better help one incorporate the advice.

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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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