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The people are strongest, where the Laws have most power.

The good man never coquets with iniquity. Evil counsels fhe the greatest curse to him who gives them. Prosperity is the nurse of ill temper.

Publilius Syrus

Quite proud of his provincial success, when Syrus arrived in Rome, he had the courage publiuus challenge to a tje of wits all the poets who adorned the stage. A suspicious mind distrusts the whole world.

He who hesitates to take the right course, deliberates to no pur- pose. Adversity shows whether we have friends, or only the moral sayings of publius syrus shadows of friends. Avoid the sweet which is like to become a bitter. He who dreads all manner of snares will M into none. The philosophy of the ancient Syrian-Roman Publius Syrus defies easy categorization.

He who has the power to harm is dreaded when he does not m- tend harm. Fear never advanced any man to the highest standing. There is no great evil which docs not bring with it some moarl tage. It is madness to put confidence in error. Some of the topics may be antiquated but the insight is timeless.

The wounds of conscience always leave a scar. A god could hardly love and be wise. Misattributed [ edit ] To do two things at once is to do neither. Every word of an angry man conveys a reproach. Virtue’s deeds are glory’s deeds. Fear old the moral sayings of publius syrus, for it does not come without company.

Though aiming to amuse the people, he desired to instruct them, and there- fore sought to blend useful truths and noble maxims with the plear santries demanded in this species of comedy. When you assail truth; you may give loose reins to your tongue.

It is enough to vanquish an enemy ; more than enough to ruin him. He invites danger who indulges ih anger. Taciturnity is the dunce’s wisdom.

To refuse when extreme necessity prays, puboius to condemn to death.

It is more tolerable to be refused than deceived. Jul 16, Olivier Goetgeluck rated it really liked it. Money alone sets all the world in motion. The world thinks that old age always speaks wisely.


Our most poignant reflections arise from shame for past acts. Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last. Mental pain is harder to bear than corporeal. We die, aa often as we lose a kf. How sad his fate, who grows old through anxiety.