This is part 13 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 #121
The good which is prevented is not annihilated.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #122
The slower to kindle, the more terrible the wrath of a generous soul.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #123
The good man never coquets with iniquity.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #124
Life is short, but its ills make it seem long.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #125
The bare recollection of anger kindles anger.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #126
There is no sight in the eye, when the mind does not gaze.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #127
While teasing for horns, the camel lost his ears.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #128
He keeps furthest from danger who looks out while he is safe.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #129
A chaste wife rules her husband by deferring to his wishes.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #130
Misfortune sometimes visits him whom she has often passed by.
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