This is part 11 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 #101
Venus yields to caresses, not to compulsion.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #102
Mercy shown [to the wretched] may become a bulwark of defense.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #103
Happy is the voyage that brings the good together.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #104
A good reputation, even in darkness, keeps on shining.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #105
A death that ends the [incurable] ills of life, is a blessing.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #106
Money is worth something when good sense disburses it.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #107
One man’s happy hour is another’s bitter time of trial.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #108
A good reputation is more valuable than money.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #109
We must master our good fortune, or it will master us.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #110
It is a happy disgrace that saves from a greater peril.
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