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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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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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