The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus
The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus

The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus

Allay the anger of your friend by kindness. 4. To dispute with a drunkard is to debate with an empty house. (Location聽127)

To do two things at once is to do neither. (Location聽128)

Tags: quotes, multitasking

Note: Do not multi-task!

A small loan makes a debtor; a great one, an enemy. (Location聽131)

We are interested in others, when they are interested in us. (Location聽133)

If your parent is just, revere him; if not, bear with him. (Location聽138)

Adversity shows whether we have friends, or only the shadows of friends. (Location聽143)

Tags: friendship

We all seek to know whether we shall be rich; but no one asks whether he shall be good. (Location聽149)

The plainer the table, the more wholesome the food. (Location聽149)

wise man rules his passions, a fool obeys them. (Location聽150)

He has existed only, not lived, who lacks wisdom in old age. (Location聽153)

Tags: issue6, wisdom

When the tree has fallen, anyone can cut wood. (Location聽155)

Tags: quotes

The [rich] miser suffers more from a loss than a [poor] sage. (Location聽162)

It is well to yield up a pleasure; when a pain goes with it. (Location聽164)

He sleeps well; who knows not that he sleeps ill. (Location聽164)

Tags: health, quotes, sleep

Never forget a favor received; be quick to forget a favor bestowed. (Location聽168)

He who cannot give; should not receive. (Location聽170)

favor granted before it is asked; is doubly acceptable. (Location聽173)

Money is worth something when good sense disburses it. (Location聽181)

In the presence of a good man anger is speedily cooled. (Location聽187)

Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid. (Location聽188)

The bare recollection of anger kindles anger. (Location聽191)

Tags: anger

Trust no man as a friend till you have tried him. (Location聽194)

There is but a step between a proud man's glory and his disgrace. (Location聽198)

Consult your conscience; rather than popular opinion. (Location聽202)

Tags: be different

Patience is a remedy for every sorrow. (Location聽215)

Tags: challenges

The greatest of comforts is to be free from blame. (Location聽216)

The gain acquired at the expense of reputation, should be counted a loss. (Location聽219)

Tags: reputation

Deliberation should be protracted, when the decision is to be final. (Location聽223)

Yesterday should be the teacher of today. (Location聽229)

Tags: learning

Reflect on everything you hear, but believe only on proof. (Location聽230)

Note: Question all information you receive

Avoid the sweet which is like to become a bitter. (Location聽236)

The less a mortal desires, the less he needs. (Location聽239)

Tags: desires

Note: Restrict your desires

We should keep our word even to the undeserving. (Location聽248)

The wise man corrects his own errors by observing those of others. (Location聽253)

Tags: learning

Note: Learn from the mistakes of others

Men will judge your past deeds by your last. (Location聽257)

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit. (Location聽289)

Note: habits are very powerful

Man's life is a loan, not a gift. (Location聽298)

Anyone can hold the helm, when the sea is calm. (Location聽315)

Tags: leadership, quotes

To forget the wrongs you receive, is to remedy them. (Location聽328)

Tags: quotes, forgive

The madman thinks the rest of the world crazy. (Location聽329)

The bow too tensely strung is easily broken. (Location聽330)

When the angry man grows cool, he is angry with himself. (Location聽336)

When the lion is dead, even puppies can bite him. (Location聽351)

Fortune is fickle, and speedily asks back her favors. (Location聽352)

Tags: luck

He who chases two hares will catch neither. (Location聽352)

Tags: multitasking

Mighty rivers may easily be leaped at their source. (Location聽360)

Tags: metaphor, quotes

To depend on another's nod for a livelihood is a sad destiny. (Location聽393)

Happy the man who dies before he prays for death. (Location聽396)

There is no mortal whom sorrow cannot reach. (Location聽397)

Seek to please many, and you seek a failure. (Location聽402)

Note: do not try to please others

A rolling stone gathers no moss. (Location聽404)

Be the first to laugh at your own blunder, and no one will laugh at you. (Location聽416)

Tags: laughter

Fortune takes nothing away but her own gifts. (Location聽419)

Tags: luck

There is nothing which the lapse of time will not either extinguish or improve. (Location聽423)

Tags: passing of time

There is no fruit which is not bitter before it is ripe. (Location聽423)

Tags: favorite, quotes, metaphor

Note: Challenges and tough times come before success

He can best avoid a snare who knows how to set one. (Location聽430)

That is not very small which is barely less than the greatest. (Location聽439)

That is not yours which fortune made yours. (Location聽440)

You cannot put the same shoe on every foot. (Location聽443)

Tags: quotes

Note: not every situation is the same

How long is life to the wretched; how short for the happy! (Location聽458)

Put more confidence in your eyes than your ears. (Location聽461)

Tags: quotes, favorite

He who promptly corrects, makes his error the less. (Location聽476)

Note: fix your errors quickly

He invites danger who indulges in anger. (Location聽484)

Tags: quotes, emotion

The memory of great misfortunes suffered, is itself a misfortune. (Location聽493)

Tags: challenges

How much to be pitied is he, who has no pity! (Location聽515)

He makes many offenders, who is reluctant to punish. (Location聽529)

He is suspected on all matters, who makes a failure in one. (Location聽530)

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity. (Location聽544)

You should tell no one what you wish no one to know. (Location聽545)

Who has the greatest possessions? He who wants least (Location聽551)

Tags: desires

It is the height of folly to blame without knowledge. (Location聽555)

Note: Do not accuse if you do not have proof

Calamity can easily discover whomsoever she seeks. (Location聽563)

Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings. (Location聽571)

It matters not how long you live but how well. (Location聽572)

Tags: life principles

Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it. (Location聽582)

It is better to learn late than never. (Location聽591)

Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it. (Location聽591)

The sons of the blacksmith are not frightened at sparks. (Location聽592)

Tags: fear

Note: you do not fear what you are used to

Always shun whatever may make you angry. (Location聽598)

Tags: anger

It is foolish to complain of the misfortunes which have come to pass through your own fault. (Location聽615)

Tags: responsibility, favorite

Note: Do not complain when we are responsible for our own misfortune

It is folly to dread what cannot be avoided. (Location聽616)

It is folly to punish your neighbour by fire when you live next door. (Location聽617)

Tags: favorite, metaphor

Let a fool hold his tongue, and he will pass for a sage. (Location聽619)

Tags: silence

We rarely incur danger by silence. (Location聽626)

Tags: silence

The more skillful the gambler, the greater the scoundrel. (Location聽660)

The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself. (Location聽672)

It is a bitter dose to be taught obedience after you have learned to rule. (Location聽678)

Tags: power

Note: It is though for people to lose power

He who subdues his temper vanquishes his greatest enemy. (Location聽682)

Tags: anger, favorite

It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well. (Location聽692)

Note: you must practice what you learn

The later in life evil courses are begun, the more disgraceful they (Location聽702)

It is an embarrassment to the possessor to have more than he needs. (Location聽704)

I have-often regretted my speech, never my silence. (Location聽708)

Tags: silence