This is part eight 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 #71
No amount of gain satisfies Avarice.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #72
The [rich] miser suffers more from a loss than a [poor] sage.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #73
Avarice is the source of its own sorrows.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #74
The avaricious man’s best deed is his death.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #75
Greediness ill-becomes any one; least of all, an old man.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #76
A well-planned project often turns out ill.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #77
He sleeps well, who knows not that he sleeps ill.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #78
It is well to yield up a pleasure, when a pain goes with it.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #79
The guilt man deserves to lose the money with which he would bribe the judge.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #80
Happy he who died when death was desirable.
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