This is part four 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 #31
When you fall short in what is due to yourself, you are lacking towards your friends.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #32
Friendship either finds or makes equals.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #33
Friendship ever profits, but love ever injures.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #34
Confidence is the only bond of friendship.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #35
Adversity shows whether we have friends, or only the shadows of friends.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #36
We should not injure a friend even in sport.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #37
The loss of a friend is the greatest of losses.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #38
The loss of which is unknown is no loss at all.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #39
Love cannot be stifled, but it may die out.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #40
There can be no alliance between Love and Fear.