This is part 15 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 #141
Make your beloved angry, if you wish him to love you.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #142
The request of a master is a command.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #143
An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #144
Society in shipwreck is a comfort to all.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #145
Congeniality of disposition is the strongest of ties.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #146
Consult your conscience, rather than popular opinion.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #147
Consider what you ought to say, and not what you think.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #148
You will gain your point better by moderation than anger.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #149
Many receive advice, few profit by it.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #150
We tolerate without rebuke the vices with which we have grown familiar.
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