Publilius Syrus Quotations

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

To do two things at once is to do neither.

We are interested in others when they are interested in us.

Every one excels in something in which another fails.

The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.

A god could hardly love and be wise.

The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.

He sleeps well who knows not that he sleeps ill.

A good reputation is more valuable than money.

It is well to moor your bark with two anchors.

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

An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage.

Society in shipwreck is a comfort to all.

Many receive advice, few profit by it.

Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.

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

Whatever you can lose, you should reckon of no account.

Even a single hair casts its shadow.

It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.

We may with advantage at times forget what we know.

You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.

What is left when honour is lost?

A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.

Fortune is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.

When Fortune is on our side, popular favour bears her company.

When Fortune flatters, she does it to betray.

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

It is more easy to get a favour from fortune than to keep it.

His own character is the arbiter of every one’s fortune.

There are some remedies worse than the disease.

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.

Amid a multitude of projects, no plan is devised.

It is easy for men to talk one thing and think another.

When two do the same thing, it is not the same thing after all.

A cock has great influence on his own dunghill.

Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

No tears are shed when an enemy dies.

The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.

The judge is condemned when the criminal is acquitted.

Practice is the best of all instructors.

He who is bent on doing evil can never want occasion.

One man’s wickedness may easily become all men’s curse.

Never find your delight in another’s misfortune.

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.

It is better to have a little than nothing.

It is an unhappy lot which finds no enemies.

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

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Never promise more than you can perform.

A wise man never refuses anything to necessity.

No one should be judge in his own cause.

Necessity knows no law except to conquer.

Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.

We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.

It is only the ignorant who despise education.

Do not turn back when you are just at the goal.

It is not every question that deserves an answer.

No man is happy who does not think himself so.

Never thrust your own sickle into another’s corn.

You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

He bids fair to grow wise who has discovered that he is not so.

A guilty conscience never feels secure.

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

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Money alone sets all the world in motion.

He who has plenty of pepper will pepper his cabbage.

You should go to a pear-tree for pears, not to an elm.

It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody.

We should provide in peace what we need in war.

Look for a tough wedge for a tough log.

How happy the life unembarrassed by the cares of business!

They who plough the sea do not carry the winds in their hands.

He gets through too late who goes too fast.

In every enterprise consider where you would come out.

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

The highest condition takes rise in the lowest.

It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are.

No one knows what he can do till he tries.

The next day is never so good as the day before.

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

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

It matters not how long you live, but how well.

It is vain to look for a defence against lightning.

No good man ever grew rich all at once.

Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.

It is better to learn late than never.

Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.

Better use medicines at the outset than at the last moment.

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Whom Fortune wishes to destroy she first makes mad.

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

He knows not when to be silent who knows not when to speak.

You need not hang up the ivy-branch over the wine that will sell.

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.

Unless degree is preserved, the first place is safe for no one.

Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocency.

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Keep the golden mean 45 between saying too much and too little.

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

A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears.

Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.

It is an unhappy lot which finds no enemies.

Life is short, but its ills make it seem long.

Many receive advice, few profit by it.

No man is happy who does not think himself so.

Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.

The judge is condemned when the criminal is acquitted.

When Fortune flatters, she does it to betray.

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

Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.

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

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

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

It is more tolerable to be refused than deceived.

Today is the pupil of yesterday.

We must give lengthy deliberation to what has to be decided once and for all.

You should not live one way in private, another in public.

Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.

Ready tears are a sign of treachery, not of grief.

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

In a heated argument we are apt to lose sight of the truth.
Publilius Syrus