This is part 21 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 # 201
Divide the fire, and you will sooner put it out.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 202
Mental pain is harder to bear than corporeal.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 203
When pain cannot increase, it dies away.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 204
He who has prospered in life should stay at home.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 205
The builder of a house should not leave it unfinished.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 206
The courage of the soldiers depends upon the wisdom of the general.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 207
Avoid the sweet which is like to become a bitter.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 208
The rewards of talent and fortune are offered to all.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 209
Pleasant is the remembrance of the ills that are past.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS # 210
When life passes agreeably is the best time to die.
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