Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Publius Syrus

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

"He gives the poor man twice as much good who gives quickly."

"He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another's mishap."

"He who flees from trial confesses his guilt."

"He who has lost honor can lose nothing more."

"He who lives in solitude may make his own laws."

"He who spares the bad injures the good."

"He who violates another's honor loses his own."

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."

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

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

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

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

"It is a pitiful fortune that is not without enemies."

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

"It is better to learn late than never."

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

"It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid."

"It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man."

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

"It is more tolerable to be refused than deceived."

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

"It is only the ignorant who despise education."

"It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are."

"It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity."

"Look to be treated by others as you have treated others. [Golden Rule]"

"Many receive advice; only the wise profit from it."

"Money alone sets all the world in motion."

"Necessity gives the law and does not itself receive it."

"Necessity knows no law except to conquer."

"Never find your delight in another's misfortune."

"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 [thinks himself so]."

"No one ever lost his honor, except he who had it not."

"No one should be judge in his own case."

"One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard."

"Other people's things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people."

"Pain forces even the innocent to lie."

"Poverty needs little; avarice; everything."

"Powerful indeed is the empire of habit."

"Practice is the best of all instructors."

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

"Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly."

"Some remedies are worse than the disease."

"Speech is a mirror of the soul. As a man speaks, so is he."

"Take care that no one hates you justly."

"The bare recollection of anger kindles anger."

"The circumstances of others seem good to us, while ours seem good to others."

"The coward regards himself as cautious, the miser as thrifty."

"The empire of custom is most mighty."