This is part nine 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 #81
A good reputation is a second patrimony.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #82
We make the nearest approaches to the gods in our good deeds.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #83
No one but a knave or fool thinks a good deed thrown away.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #84
The more benefits bestowed, the more received.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #85
Never forget a favor received; be quick to forget a favor bestowed.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #86
Gratitude is a spur for your benefactors.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #87
To receive a favor is to pawn your freedom.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #88
He who can not give, should not receive.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #89
To give to deserving, is to lay all men under obligation.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS #90
A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
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