This is part 14 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 #131
Trust no man as a friend till you have tried him.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #132
Beware of him who has once deceived you.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #133
You can never dispense with prudence.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #134
The wounds of conscience always leave a scar.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #135
The danger despised is the first to reach us.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #136
Falsities are quick to appear in their true character.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #137
We are anxious to avoid the faults which we are ashamed to have committed.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #138
There is but a step between a proud man’s glory and his disgrace.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #139
The joys of the worthless speedily turn to their destruction.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #140
Oblivion is a guaranty against civil war.
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