Publius Syrus

85 B.C.
43 B.C.

Syrian-born Latin Writer of Maxims, Roman Slave and Poet

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You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.

You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

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

You are eloquent enough if truth speaks through you.

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

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.

Whom fortune wishes to destroy she first makes mad.

Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself.

Where there is unity there is always victory.

When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favor on all.

When we speak evil of others, we generally condemn ourselves.

When you are at sea, keep clear of the land.

When fortune flatters, she does it to betray.

What is left when honor is lost?

Whatever you can lose, reckon of no account.

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

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

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

We die as often as we lose a friend.

Unless you make allowances for your friends' foibles, you betray your own.

We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.

We are interested in others, when they are interested in us.

Trust, like the soul, never returns once it is gone.

Unless degree is preserved, the first place is safe for no one.

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

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85 B.C.
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43 B.C.

Syrian-born Latin Writer of Maxims, Roman Slave and Poet