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Quotes of Publilius Syrus

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Publilius Syrus (Publilius Syrus) lived in 65-8 BCE. He was a Roman mime and writer.

  • “There are some remedies worse than the disease”
  • “You die every time you lose someone who is dear to you”
    • latin: [Homo totiens moritur, quotiens amittit suos]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “Good for man is death when it ends life’s miseries”
    • latin: [Bona mors est homini, vitae quae exstinguit mala]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae, 67
  • “Good courage in a bad circumstance is half of the evil overcome”
    • latin: [Bonus animus in re mala dimidium est mali]
    • description: assigned also to Plautus.
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “He gives twice who quickly gives”
    • latin: [Bis dat, qui cito dat]
    • description: help given quickly is much more important.
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae, CCXXXV
  • “Fate had different plans”
    • latin: [Dis aliter visum est]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “When you love, you are not wise, and when you are wise, you don’t love”
    • latin: [Cum ames, non sapias, cum sapias, non ames]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “Fortune makes a fool of him whom she favors too much”
    • latin: [Stultum facit fortuna, quem perdere vult]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “A small debt produces a debtor, a large one, an enemy”
    • latin: [Leve æs alienum debitorem facit, grave inimicum]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “Each day succeeding is the student of the one preceding”
    • latin: [Discipulus est prioris posterior dies]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “The eyes are blind when the mind works on other things”
    • latin: [Caeci sunt oculi, cum animus alias res agit]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “A friendship that can end never really began”
  • “We lose things certain in pursuing things uncertain”
    • latin: [Certa amittimus, dum incerta petimus]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “It is only the ignorant who despise education
  • “Money alone is the ruling principle of all things”
    • latin: [Pecunia una regimen est rerum omnium]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “Admonish your friends secretly, but praise them openly”
    • latin: [Amicos secreto admone, palam lauda]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “With the good man anger is quick to die”
    • latin: [Bonum ad virum cito moritur iracundia]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “In quarreling, the truth is always lost”
  • “The man whom many people fear must fear many people”
    • latin: [Multos timere debet, quem multi timent]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “He conquers twice who conquers himself when he is victorious”
    • latin: [Bis vincit, qui se vincit in victoria]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae
  • “Our life is short but is made longer by misfortunes”
    • latin: [Brevis ipsa vita est, sed malis fit longior]
    • source: Publilius Syrus, Sententiae

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