Publilius Syrus

Publilius (less correctly Publius) Syrus, a Latin writer of maxims, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was an Assyrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favor of his master, who freed and educated him

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Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.
It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody.
Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
Do not turn back when you are just at the goal.
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.
Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.
No man is happy who does not think himself so.
No one knows what he can do till he tries.
Pardon one offense, and you encourage the commission of many.
A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.
Love's wounds can be healed only by the one who inflicts them.
Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
To do two things at once is to do neither.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Speech is a mirror of the soul as a man speaks, so is he.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.
A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
A good reputation is more valuable than money.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A suspicious mind always looks on the black side of things.
Admonish thy friends in secret, praise them openly.
An angry father is most cruel toward himself.
An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
Any plan is bad which is incapable of modification.
As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.
Debt is the slavery of the free.
Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.
Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.
For a good cause, wrongdoing is virtuous.
Fortune is like glass--the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
Hares can gamble over the body of a dead lion.
Hares can gambol over the body of a dead lion.
He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.
He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
If you refuse where you have always granted you invite to theft.
In a heated argument we are apt to lose sight of the truth.
It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.
It is better to learn late than never.
It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.
It is more tolerable to be refused than deceived.
It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well.
It is only the ignorant who despise education.
Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.
Many receive advice, few profit by it.
Money alone sets all the world in motion.
Necessity knows no law.
Never find your delight in another's misfortune.
Never promise more than you can perform.
No one knows what he can do until he tries.
No one should be judge in his own case.
One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard.
Practice is the best of all instructors.
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Ready tears are a sign of treachery, not of grief.
Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.
The empire of custom is most mighty.
The end always passes judgement on what has gone before.
The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death 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 criminal is absolved.
The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.
The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.
The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.
There are some remedies worse than the disease.
There is no medicine to cure hatred.
Tis foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.
To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.
To-day is the pupil of yesterday.
Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.
We must give lengthy deliberation to what has to be decided once and for all.
We simply rob ourselves when we make presents to the dead.
What is left when honor is lost
What is left when honor is lost?
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
You should go to a pear tree for pears, not to an elm.
You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.
You should not live one way in private, another in public.

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