This is part two 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 #11
Hard is it to correct the habit already formed.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #12
A small loan makes a debtor; a great one, an enemy.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #13
Age conceals the lascivious character; age also reveals it.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #14
Bitter for a free man is the bondage of debt.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #15
Even when we get what we wish, it is not ours.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #16
We are interested in others, when they are interested in us.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #17
Every one excels in something in which another fails.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #18
Do not find your happiness in another’s sorrows.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #19
An angry lover tells himself many lies.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #20
A lover, like a torch, burns the more fiercely the more agitated.