Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Publius Syrus

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

"To know the hour of doom is continual death."

"To listen well is a second inheritance."

"Today is the pupil of yesterday."

"Union gives strength to the humble."

"Vices that are familiar we pardon, and only new ones reprehend."

"We should provide in peace what we need in war."

"We tolerate without rebuke the vices which we have grown familiar."

"When Fortune favors a man too much she makes him a fool."

"When reason rules, money is a blessing."

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

"Why do we not hear the truth? Because we do not speak it."

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

"A bad man becomes worse when he apes a saint."

"A beautiful face [fair exterior] is a mute recommendation."

"A favor is half granted, when graciously refused."

"A friend must not be injured, even in jest."

"A friendship that can end never really began."

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

"A good opportunity is seldom presented, and is easily lost."

"A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation."

"A small debt produces a debtor; a large one, an enemy."

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

"A wise man will be the master of his mind. A fool will be its slave."

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

"Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly."

"An angry father is most cruel towards himself."

"Any plan is bad which is incapable of modification."

"Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth."

"Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear."

"Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it."

"Consult your conscience, rather than public opinion."

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

"Crime is honest for a good cause."

"Cruelty is fed, not weakened by tears."

"Damn with faint praise."

"Delay is hateful, but it gives wisdom."

"An over-taxed patience gives way to fierce anger."

"Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness."

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

"Each day should be passed as though it were our last."

"Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time."

"Every vice has its excuse ready."

"For a good cause, wrongdoing is virtuous."

"Fortune is like glass - the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken."

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

"Gain cannot be made without some other person's loss."

"Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings."

"Hares can gambol over the body of a dead lion."

"He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory."

"He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly."