Publilius Syrus Quotes

Who is Publilius Syrus?

Publilius Syrus was a Syrian slave who became a Latin writer.

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“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

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

“Debt is the slavery of the free.”

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

“Each day is the scholar of yesterday.”

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

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

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“He whom many fear, has himself many to fear.”

“I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.”

“In a heated argument we are apt to lose sight of the truth.”

“In quarreling, the truth is always lost.”

“It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.”

“It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay.”

“It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.”

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“It is better to learn late than never.”

“It is only the ignorant who despise education.”

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“Ancient Egypt, like that of the Olmecs in Bolivia, emerged all at once and fully formed. Indeed, the period of transition from primitive to advanced society appears to have been so short that it makes no kind of historical sense. Technological skills that should have taken hundreds or even thousands of years to evolve were brought into use almost overnight – and with no apparent antecedents whatever.

For example, remains from the pre-dynastic period around 3500 BC show no trace of writing. Soon after that date, quite suddenly and inexplicably, the hieroglyphs familiar from so many of the ruins of Ancient Egypt begin to appear in a complete and perfect state. Far from being mere pictures of objects or actions, this written language was complex and structured at the outset, with signs that represented sounds only and a detailed system of numerical symbols. Even the very earliest hieroglyphs were stylized and conventionalized; and it is clear that an advanced cursive script was it common usage by the dawn of the First Dynasty.”

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“It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.”

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

“Love’s wounds can be healed only by the one who inflicts them.”

“Never promise more than you can perform.”

“Never thrust your own sickle into another’s corn.”

“No man is happy unless he believes he is.”

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

“Pain forces even the innocent to lie.”

“Pardon one offense, and you encourage the commission of many.”

“Ready tears are a sign of treachery, not of grief.”

“Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.”

“Speech is a mirror of the soul: As a man speaks, so is he.”

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“Take care that no one hates you justly.”

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

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“One more drink and I’ll be under the host.”


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