Publilius Syrus Quotes

Publilius Syrus

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No one knows what he can do until hetries.

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

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It is a good thing to learn caution by the misfortunes of others.

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Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.

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The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.

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Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.

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Some remedies are worse than the disease.

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

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Each day is the scholar of yesterday.

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You are in a pitiable condition if you have to conceal what you wish to tell.

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Mighty rivers can easily be leaped at their source.

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If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.

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Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

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

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

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It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.

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You should not live one way in private, another in public.

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No one knows what he can do until he tries.

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

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It is better to learn late than never.

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He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.

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To do two things at once is to do neither.

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The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.

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A good reputation is more valuable than money.

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Many receive advice, few profit by it.

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

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For a good cause, wrongdoing is virtuous.

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What is left when honor is lost?

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A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.

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There are some remedies worse than the disease.

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Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

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Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

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The judge is condemned when the criminal is absolved.

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It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.

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

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A rolling stone gathers no moss.

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Never promise more than you can perform.

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No one should be judge in his own case.

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Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.

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

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It is only the ignorant who despise education.

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Do not turn back when you are just at the goal.

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It is not every question that deserves an answer.

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No man is happy who does not think himself so.

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

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Money alone sets all the world in motion.

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You should go to a pear tree for pears, not to an elm.

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

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

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It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

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No one knows what he can do till he tries.

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Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.

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Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

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

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

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I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

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

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Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.

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Necessity knows no law.

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Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.

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

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

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The end always passes judgement on what has gone before.

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Never promise more than you can perform.

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A suspicious mind always looks on the black side of things.

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If you refuse where you have always granted you invite to theft.

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Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.

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Tis foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.

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To-day is the pupil of yesterday.

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We must give lengthy deliberation to what has to be decided once and for all.

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There is no legal obligation to perform impossibilities.

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An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.

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It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.

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It is more tolerable to be refused than deceived.

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How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

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Admonish thy friends in secret, praise them openly.

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

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

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The gods never let us love and be wise at the same time.

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Hares can gambol over the body of a dead lion.

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

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Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.

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From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own.

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Practice is the best of all instructors.

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To do two things at once is to do neither.

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

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The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.

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