Publilius Syrus Quotes

The wounds of love can only be healed by the one who made them.
Variant: Love's wounds are only cured by their cause.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 44, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 185, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 275, 1st Century BCE)

We simply rob ourselves when we make presents to the dead.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences, 1st Century BCE)

The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 24, 1st Century BCE)

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 562, 1st Century BCE)

Pain will force even the truthful to speak falsely.
Variant: Pain forces even the innocent to lie.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 232, 1st Century BCE)

For a good cause, wrongdoing is virtuous.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - 244, 1st Century BCE)

He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 7, 1st Century BCE)

There are some remedies worse than the disease.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 301, 1st Century BCE)

The judge is condemned when the guilty is absolved.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 407, 1st Century BCE)

The madman thinks the rest of the world crazy.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 386, 1st Century BCE)

Put more confidence in your eyes than your ears.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 627, 1st Century BCE)

When Fortune flatters, she does it to betray.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 277, 1st Century BCE)

We all seek to know whether we shall be rich; but no one asks whether he shall be good.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 46, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 559, 1st Century BCE)

He who helps the guilty, shares the crime.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 139, 1st Century BCE)

Human reason grows rich by self-conquest.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 53, 1st Century BCE)

The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 38, 1st Century BCE)

He has only existed, not lived, he who lacks wisdom in old age.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 55, 1st Century BCE)

A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 90, 1st Century BCE)

There is no mortal whom sorrow cannot reach.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 510, 1st Century BCE)

No one should be judge in his own case.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 545, 1st Century BCE)

A noble steed is not annoyed by the barking of dogs.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 293, 1st Century BCE)

What is left when honor is lost?

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 265, 1st Century BCE)

Even a single hair casts its shadow.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 228, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1, 1st Century BCE)

Avarice is the source of its own sorrows.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 73, 1st Century BCE)

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 872, 1st Century BCE)

When the tree has fallen, any one can cut wood.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 58, 1st Century BCE)

No good man ever grew rich all at once.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 827, 1st Century BCE)

You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 262, 1st Century BCE)

To argue with a drunkard is to debate with an empty house.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 4, 1st Century BCE)

A resolute spirit is not cast down by a single misfortune.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 577, 1st Century BCE)

Never forget a favor received; be quick to forget a favor bestowed.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 85, 1st Century BCE)

Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 847, 1st Century BCE)

Never promise more than you can perform.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 88, 1st Century BCE)

He who can not give, should not recieve.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 528, 1st Century BCE)

Beware of him who has once deceived you.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 132, 1st Century BCE)

No one can long sustain a false character.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 671, 1st Century BCE)

Patience and fortitude create their own happiness.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 646, 1st Century BCE)

A wise man rules his passions, a fool obeys them.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 49, 1st Century BCE)

He dies twice who perishes by his own hand.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 97, 1st Century BCE)

Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1060, 1st Century BCE)

The master is a slave when he fears those whom he rules.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 255, 1st Century BCE)

Consider what you ought to say, and not what you think.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 147, 1st Century BCE)

A good reputation, keeps on shining even in darkness.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 104, 1st Century BCE)

To depend on another's nod for a livelihood, is a sad destiny.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 501, 1st Century BCE)

He who distrusts his friend knows not the meaning of the word friendship.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 773, 1st Century BCE)

The importance of every word depends on the sense you give it.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 962, 1st Century BCE)

It is the height of folly to blame without knowledge.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 800, 1st Century BCE)

Youth should be governed by reason, not by force.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 826, 1st Century BCE)

The wounds of the soul should be cured before those of the body.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 953, 1st Century BCE)

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 780, 1st Century BCE)

It is not every question that deserves an answer.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 581, 1st Century BCE)

Happy he who died when death was desirable.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 80, 1st Century BCE)

The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 878, 1st Century BCE)

Man's life is a loan, not a gift.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 324, 1st Century BCE)

To Know when to fear, is to be in the path of safety.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 54, 1st Century BCE)

The hope of reward is the solace of labor.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 241, 1st Century BCE)

He whom many fear, has himself many to fear.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 522, 1st Century BCE)

A noble soul has no ear for unjust reproaches.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 369, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 511, 1st Century BCE)

It is a kingly spirit that can return good deeds for reproaches.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 220, 1st Century BCE)

He who lives in solitude, may make his own laws.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 432, 1st Century BCE)

The friendship that can come to an end, never really began.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 719, 1st Century BCE)

A death that ends the incurable ills of life, is a blessing.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 105, 1st Century BCE)

When pain cannot increase, it dies away.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 203, 1st Century BCE)

Misfortune sometimes visits him whom she has often passed by.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 130, 1st Century BCE)

Avoid the sweet which is like to become bitter.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 207, 1st Century BCE)

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 305, 1st Century BCE)

It is only the ignorant who despise education.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 571, 1st Century BCE)

The world thinks that old age always speaks wisely.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 804, 1st Century BCE)

Man's life is short; and therefore an honorable death is his immortality.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1087, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 827, 1st Century BCE)

The less fortune has given, the less can she take away.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 491, 1st Century BCE)

Do not be to hasty in accusing, or approving any one.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1039, 1st Century BCE)

It is folly to dread what cannot be avoided.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 908, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 914, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 16, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 143, 1st Century BCE)

Be your money's master, not its slave.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 657, 1st Century BCE)

Practice is the best of all instructors.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 439, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 280, 1st Century BCE)

Even calamity becomes virtue's oppurtunity.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 224, 1st Century BCE)

Either be silent, or say something better than silence.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 960, 1st Century BCE)

The evil you do to others you may expect in return.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 2, 1st Century BCE)

Suspicion cleaves to the dark side of things.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 9, 1st Century BCE)

Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 865, 1st Century BCE)

Freedom alone is the source of noble actions.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 691, 1st Century BCE)

No one knows what he can do till he tries.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 786, 1st Century BCE)

The wretched either too much or too little.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 225, 1st Century BCE)

It is nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 977, 1st Century BCE)

Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 358, 1st Century BCE)

A favor granted before it is asked, is doubly acceptable.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 95, 1st Century BCE)

When angry, a man has deserted his body.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 320, 1st Century BCE)

It matters not how long you live but how well.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 829, 1st Century BCE)

The Courage of the soldiers depends upon the wisdom of the general.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 206, 1st Century BCE)

Divide the fire, and you will sooner put it out.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 201, 1st Century BCE)

Consult your conscience, rather than popular opinion.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 146, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 463, 1st Century BCE)

A great fortune sits gracefully on a great man.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 440, 1st Century BCE)

Pleasant is the remembrance of the ills that are past.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 209, 1st Century BCE)

Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 750, 1st Century BCE)

It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1043, 1st Century BCE)

A boastful prosperity will prepare its own fall.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 920, 1st Century BCE)

He who longs for death, confesses that life is a failure.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 159, 1st Century BCE)

There can be no alliance between Love and Fear.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 40, 1st Century BCE)

The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 689, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 120, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 995, 1st Century BCE)

The wise man corrects his own errors by observing those of others.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 242, 1st Century BCE)

Never find your delight in another's misfortune.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 467, 1st Century BCE)

There is a great difference between seeming wise, and being so.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 991, 1st Century BCE)

To be not too sanguine of our conclusions, is one half of wisdom.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 363, 1st Century BCE)

Friendship either finds of makes equals.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 32, 1st Century BCE)

Money alone sets all the world in motion.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 656, 1st Century BCE)

Hard is it to correct the habit already formed.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 11, 1st Century BCE)

The greatest of empires, is the empire over one's self.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 891, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 480, 1st Century BCE)

When life is a continual terror, death is a blessing.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 949, 1st Century BCE)

The wise man guards against future evils as if they were present.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 796, 1st Century BCE)

The less a mortal desires, the less he needs.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 213, 1st Century BCE)

No man is happy who does not think himself so.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 584, 1st Century BCE)

Reflect on everything you hear, but believe only on proof.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 199, 1st Century BCE)

Every man is a master in his own calling.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 169, 1st Century BCE)

A miserable death is an insult from destiny.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 448, 1st Century BCE)

Everyone excels in something in which another fails.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 17, 1st Century BCE)

Many receive advice, few profit by it.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 149, 1st Century BCE)

A good reputation is more valuable than money.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 108, 1st Century BCE)

He who subdues his temper vanquishes his greatest enemy.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1027, 1st Century BCE)

The more benefits bestowed, the more received.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 84, 1st Century BCE)

Adversity shows whether we have friends, or only shadows of friends.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 35, 1st Century BCE)

What happens to one man may happen to all.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 171, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1073, 1st Century BCE)

The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 221, 1st Century BCE)

We must master our good fortune, or it will master us.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 109, 1st Century BCE)

Even the gods cannot disturb the truly happy man.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 155, 1st Century BCE)

The master who fears his slave, is the greater slave.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 493, 1st Century BCE)

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 469, 1st Century BCE)

Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 469, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 170, 1st Century BCE)

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 7, 1st Century BCE)

The end always passes judgement on what has gone before.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 675, 1st Century BCE)

Be not blind to a friend's faults, nor hate him for them.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 29, 1st Century BCE)

Wisdom is acquired by meditation.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 184, 1st Century BCE)

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

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 715, 1st Century BCE)

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 524, 1st Century BCE)

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Publilius Syrus (Sentences - Maxim 1073, 1st Century BCE)

Publilius Syrus Biography

Life: 1st century BCE

Publilius Syrus was a Latin writer of Syrian descent. He is best commonly known for his greant and only surviving work "Sentences", a book containing wise maxims on different subjects.

Notable Works

Sentences, Sententiae (1st Century BCE)