This is part three 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 #21
Lovers know what they want, but not what they need.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #22
A lover’s suspicions are a waking man’s dreams.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #23
There is no penalty attached to a lover’s oath.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #24
The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #25
A god could hardly love and be wise.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #26
Love is youth’s privilege, but an old man’s shame.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #27
If your parent is just, revere him; if not, bear him.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #28
If you cannot bear the faults of a friend, you make them your own [because you have not the charity to correct them].
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #29
Be not blind to a friend’s faults, nor hate him for them.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #30
If you bear the faults of a friend, you make them your own [that is, you show a disposition to correct them].