Publius Syrus

85 B.C.
43 B.C.

Syrian-born Latin Writer of Maxims, Roman Slave and Poet

Author Quotes

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.

To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Tis foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.

They do injury to the good who spares the bad.

The wise man guards against the future as if it were the present.

The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.

The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.

The things which belong to others please us more, And that which is ours, is more pleasing to others.

The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.

The person who receives the most favors is the one who knows how to return them.

The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.

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

The man who loses his honor can lose nothing further.

The miser is as much in want of that which he has, as of that which he has not.

The most formidable enemy lies hid in one

The judge is condemned when the criminal is absolved. [The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.]

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 eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.

The empire of custom is most mighty.

The end always passes judgment on what has gone before.

The circumstances of others seem good to us, while ours seem good to others.

The coward regards himself as cautious, the miser as thrifty.

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85 B.C.
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43 B.C.

Syrian-born Latin Writer of Maxims, Roman Slave and Poet