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 freed and educated him. more

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

He who spares the bad injures the good.
One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid.
Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it.
Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay.
When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favor on all.
To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.
It is a pitiful fortune that is not without enemies.
The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.
That should be considered long which can be decided but once.
One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard.
The empire of custom is most mighty.
No one reaches a high position without daring.
To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.
It is bad advice that cannot be changed.
Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.
At daybreak, when loath to rise, have this thought in thy mind: I am rising for a man's work.
The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.
You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.