Publilius Syrus Quotes

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

A wise man learns from the mistakes of others.

Fortune favors the bold.

It is better to know nothing than to know what isn’t true.

The greatest way to live with honor is to be unjust to no one.

A good character, when established, is the best tombstone.

A small debt makes a man your debtor, a large one makes him your enemy.

A clean conscience is a soft pillow.

If you want to be loved, be lovable.

He gains everyone’s approval who mingles the pleasant with the useful.

It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

It is a small coin with which all men can repay both small and great obligations.

The desire to know is natural to good men.

A word once uttered can never be recalled.

A good reputation is more valuable than money.

The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.

A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.

Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.

A good character, when once established, is easily maintained.

Hope is the only god common to all men.

The only true joy lies in the hope of the future.

Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.

Hope is always available, through patience.

Bad conduct creates a false reputation.

Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think.

It is more necessary to grasp the meaning than the wording.

One man, with patience, can subdue the strongest foe.

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.

Every vice carries its own punishment.

A good reputation is like fire; once it is kindled, it is easily kept alive.

Only the wise are free.

The gift of pleasing is a certain steadfastness of conduct.

He who waves the brand will be burned with it.

To relieve the oppressed is the most glorious act.

One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than the intentions of the multitude.

Trouble comes to the innocent as well as the guilty.

Suffering is owed to all mortals, but ignobleness is owed to none.

Minds that are prevented from exerting themselves become troublesome.

Good turns are pleasing only in so far as it seems likely they will be repaid.

Learning teaches how to bear all things.

Beauty serves to sell, but virtue alone provides happiness.

He who is his own teacher has a fool for a pupil.

Equality is the surest bond of friendship.

To act without purpose is foolishness.

Great men think of what is right, small men think of what is expedient.

An old love makes a new friend.

We willingly accept our friends’ vices.

The learned man knows his capabilities, the ignorant man knows his faults.

There is no shame in learning from others.

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