This is part ten 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 #91
He who boasts of a favor bestowed, would like it back again.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #92
Sympathy in benevolence is the closest all all kinships.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #93
A true benevolence knows the reason of its gifts.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #94
To die by another’s command is to endure two deaths.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #95
A favor granted before it as asked, is doubly acceptable.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #96
Past happiness augments present wretchedness.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #97
He dies twice who perishes by his own hand.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #98
Aid rendered the wrong-doer, makes you the greater sinner.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #99
Conquest over one’s self, in the hour of victory, is a double triumph.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #100
Multiply your acts of kindness, and you teach the recipient to return them.
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