53 Splendid Publilius Syrus Quotes

Publilius Syrus was a Latin writer and a Syrian made into a slave in Italy. Born in 85 BC, Syrus wrote the sententiae and was famous as a improviser. Favored by the even Caesar himself, here is a look at some of the most notable Publilius Syrus quotes to know.

“A disorderly patient makes the physician cruel.”

“A friend must not be injured, even in jest.”

“A guilty conscience never feels secure.”

“A rolling stone can gather no moss.”

“A small loan makes a debt; a great one an enemy.”

“A wise man will be master of his mind, a fool will be its slave.”


“A woman either loves or hates; she knows no medium.”

“An angry father is most cruel towards himself.”

“An end to our getting is the only end to our losses.”

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”

“Apathy borders upon folly.”

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

“Better use medicines at the outset than at the last moment.”

“Death laughs when old women frolic.”

“Debt is the slavery of the free.”

“Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.”

“Fortune is like glass – the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.”

“Gain at the expense of reputation is manifest loss.”

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

“He bids fair to grow wise who has discovered that he is not so.”

“He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another’s mishap.”

“He who conquers his wrath overcomes his greatest enemy.”

“He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.”

“He who lives only for himself is truly dead to others.”

“He who wrongs one threatens many.”

“How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.”

“In doubtful matters boldness is everything.”

“It is bad advice that cannot be changed.”

“It is only the ignorant who despise education.”

“It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are.”

“Never promise more than you can perform.”

“No one knows what he can do till he tries.”

“No one reaches a high position without daring.”

“No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.”

“Observation, not old age, brings wisdom.”

“Practice is the best of all instructors.”

“Prosperity has no power over adversity.”

“Some remedies are worse than the disease.”

“Successful guilt is the bane of society”

“Take care that no one hates you justly.”

“The best remedy for an injury is to forget it.”

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

“The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.”

“The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.”

“The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.”

“There are some remedies worse than the disease.”

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

“To do two things at once is to do neither.”

“To love is a pleasure of youth, a sin in old age.”

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

“We die as often as we lose a friend.”

“What is left when honor is lost?”

“When fortune flatters, she does it to betray.”

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