The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus
Some thoughts after reading "The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus" book.
Recent read: The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus: A Roman Slave.
I have just finished reading this book. It is compromised of two parts (largely): a short biography of Publilius Syrus and a lot of his quotes (1000+.)
Publilius Syrus was Syrian man who later became a Roman citizen and a writer. He was known for his mimes, improvisation and, apparently, sayings.
Here is a few that caught my attention (albeit, I have not read all of them):
- As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
- Allay the anger of your friend by kindness.
- Every one excels in something in which another fails.
- Be not blind to a friend's faults, nor hate him for them.
- The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.
- We all seek to know whether we shall be rich; but no one asks whether he shall be good.
- Never forget a favor received; be quick to forget a favor bestowed.
- Conquest over one's self; in the hour of victory, is a double triumph.
- A good reputation is more valuable than money.
- The slothful enjoyment of it, is the worst part of prosperity.
- To spare the guilty is to injure the innocent.
- He who can get more than belongs to him, is apt to accommodate his desires to his opportunity.
- Yesterday should be the teacher of today.
- The good to which we have become accustomed; is often an evil.
- Man's life is a loan, not a gift.
- Victory waits upon unity of action.
- Where one has led the way, another may follow.