This is part 16 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 #151
Man’s most prudent counselor is time.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #152
Wisdom had rather be buffeted than not be listened to.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #153
Folly had rather be unheard than be buffeted.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #154
It is hard to touch that which brings pain by mere contact.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #155
A god can hardly disturb a man truly happy.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #156
Have courage, or cunning, when you deal with an enemy.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #157
It is folly to be too frank with impudent familiarity.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #158
Let fly many arrows, and no two will hit in the same place.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #159
He who longs for death, confesses that life is a failure.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #160
The sick man’s intemperance makes the physician relentless.
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