Publilius Syrus

Publilius Syrus




Born: 85 B.C.
Birthplace: Syria
Died: 43 B.C.

Occupation: Mime and Writer
Profile: Best known for a remaining collection of Sententiae.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publilius_Syrus
Number of Quotes: 118






A beautiful face is a mute recommendation.

A friendship that can end, never really began.

A gift in season is a double favour to the needy.

A good reputation is more valuable than money.

A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.

A small debt produces a debtor; a large one, an enemy.

A wise man will be the master of his mind. A fool will be it's slave.

A woman either loves or hates; there is no third.

A woman, when she thinks alone, thinks badly.

A wound born in victory is a wound without pain.

Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.

An angry father is most cruel towards himself.

An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.

Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.

Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence.

Confidence, like the soul, never returns, whence it has departed.

Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.

Courage comes by being brave; fear comes by holding back.

Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears.

Debt is the slavery of the free.

Delay is hateful, but it gives wisdom.

Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.

Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.

Each day is the scholar of yesterday.

Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time.

Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.

Fortune is like glass - the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.

God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.

Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.

He gets through too late who goes too fast.

He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another's mishap.

He who has a mind to do mischief will always find a pretense.

He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.

He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.

He who spares the bad injures the good.

He who yields to his times acts wisely.

He whom many fear, has himself many to fear.

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.

In quarreling the truth is always lost.

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.

It is a bad plan that cannot be changed.

It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay.

It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.

It is bad advice that cannot be altered.

It is better to learn late than never.

It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.

It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny.

It is not every question that deserves an answer.

It is only the ignorant who despise education.

Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.

Let those love now, who never loved before; let those who always loved, now love all the more.

Let your life be pleasing to the multitude, and it can not be so to yourself.

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

Money alone sets all the world in motion.

Necessity knows no law except to conquer.

Never promise more than you can perform.

No one knows what he can do until he tries.

No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.

One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard.

One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid.

Pain forces even the innocent to lie.

Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.

Practice is the best of all instructors.

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.

Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.

Successful guilt is the bane of society.

Take care that no one hates you justly.

The bare recollection of anger kindles anger.

The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.

The fear of death is more to be dreaded then fear itself.

The gods never let us love and be wise at the same time.

The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.

The judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted.

The miser is as much in want of what he has as of what he has not.

The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.

The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.

The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.

The person who receives the most favours is the one who knows how to return them.

The poor man is ruined as soon as he begins to ape the rich.

The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.

The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.

The things which belong to others please us more, and that which is ours, is more pleasing to others.

The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.

The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.

The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.

The wounds of love can only be healed by the one who made them.

There are some remedies worse than the disease.

There is a great difference between being born wise and only looking it.

There is always victory when there is agreement.

They live ill who expect to live always.

Those who have never tried the experiment of a holy life measure the laws of God, not by their intrinsical goodness, but by the reluctancy and opposition which they find in their hearts.

To accept a favour is to sell one's freedom.

To do two things at once is to do neither.

To refuse graciously is to confer a favour.

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.

We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.

We die as often as we lose a friend.

What is left when honor is lost?

When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favour on all.

When reason rules, money is a blessing.

Where there is unity there is always victory.

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.

You are in a pitiable condition if you have to conceal what you wish to tell.

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.

You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

You should make a woman angry if you wish her to love.

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