Quotes by Publilius Syrus

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Publilius (less correctly Publius) Syrus, a Latin writer of mimes, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was a native of Syria and was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who ...

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

The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
If you would live innocently, seek solitude.
To take refuge with an inferior is to betray one's self.
I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.
He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.
Fortune is like glass--the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
It is only the ignorant who despise education.
Pain of mind is worse than pain of body.
Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
We die as often as we lose a friend.
An angry father is most cruel toward himself.
A rolling stone can gather no moss.
He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard.
Every vice has its excuse ready.
The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.
Some remedies are worse than the disease.
The next day is never so good as the day before.
Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.
Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.
Nothing can be done quickly and prudently at the same time.
Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.
Pain forces even the innocent to lie.
You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.
They do injury to the good who spares the bad.
A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.
No one ever lost his honor, except he who had it not.
There is no medicine to cure hatred.
Take care that no one hates you justly.
One ungrateful person, does an injury to all needy people.
Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
The person who receives the most favors is the one who knows how to return them.
Confidence is the bond of friendship.
It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.
Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.
He who has a mind to do mischief will always find a pretense.
Life itself is short, but lasts longer than misfortunes.
From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own.
Necessity knows no law except to conquer.
Opportunity is lost by deliberation.
It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
No one knows what he can do till he tries.
A cock has great influence on his own dunghill.
All delay is helpful, but it does produce wisdom.
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
There are some remedies worse than the disease.
You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.
Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
Society in shipwreck is comfort to all.
Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is.
A man's own character is the arbiter of his fortune.
The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.