This is part 20 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 # 191
Whatever you can lose, you should reckon of no account.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 192
It is easy for women to shed tears without salt.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 193
One day treats us like a hireling nurse, another, like a mother.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 194
Fear lest a day snatch away what a single day has acquired.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 195
It is hard to keep that which every one covets.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 196
Turn a deaf ear to calumnious reports.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 197
Yesterday should be the teacher of to-day.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 198
Discord gives a relish for concord.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 199
Reflect on every thing you hear, but believe only on proof.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 200
Preparations for war should be long in making, that victory may be the more speedy.
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