The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave


"Adversity shows whether we have friends, or only the shadows of friends."

"Human reason grows rich by self-conquest."

"Conquest over one's self, in the hour of victory, is a double triumph."

"Consult your conscience, rather than public opinion."

"The gain acquired at the expense of reputation, should be counted a loss."

"Wisdom is required by meditation."

"Reflect on everything you hear, by believe only on proof."

"Pleasant is the remembrance of the ills that are past."

"For him who loves labor, there is always something to do."

"The wise man corrects his own errors by observing those of others." (Anti-Models vs Role-Models)

"Many consult their reputation; but few their conscience." (Integrity)

"A fair exterior is a silent recommendation."

"Groans show the pain, but do not remove it." (Develop the habit of not whining, Epictetus)

"The most formidable enemy lies hid in one's own heart." (FEAR)

"The anger of the righteous man is the anger most to be dreaded."

"Powerful indeed is the empire of habit."

"Practice is the best of all instructors."

"The physician were ill, if no one else were ill."

"He will become wicked himself, who feasts with the wicked." (You become the average of the 5 people you spend most time with.)

"The good man can be called miserable, but he is not so."

"You must die, but not as often as you may have wished." (I have known many [terrors], most of them never happened.)

"Begin nothing, the accomplishment of which you will repent." (Think it through to the end, learn to say NO to almost everything)

"Be the first to laugh at your own blunder, and no one will laugh at you."

"Do not despise the lowest steps in the ascent to greatness." (Started from the bottom, now we're...)

"He is never happy whose thoughts always run with his fears."

"There should be no disagreement between our lives and our doctrines." (Integrity + what's integrity to YOU?)

"The timid man sees dangers that do not exist." (Use objective judgement always... break em off... False Impressions - bye bye! CIAO)

"The pain which kills pain is as good as medicine."

"If you delight in the society of the vicious, you are vicious yourself." (average of the 5 people... get out of there man it will spill over into your character)

"In every enterprise consider where you would come out." (PLAN ALL THE WAY TO THE END, 48 Laws)

"No one knows what he can do till he tries." (true my friend)

"Who has the greatest possessions? He who wants least." (hang out with more people who want less, spills over)

"What you blame in others as a fault, you should not be guilty of yourself." (and most times it's exactly that what we see first in others: the stuff we fear most in ourselves => clue)

"Folly is often wisdom's companion." (BE BARE. NOT A BORE... that's the name of the game)

"You are eloquent enough if truth speaks through you." (You don't always need to tell, to really - tell.)

"Either be silent or say something better than silence."

"You can accomplish by kindness what you can not by force."

"The sweetest pleasure arises from difficulties overcome."

"It is not profit to have learned well, if you neglect to DO well." (APPLY)

"Keep the golden mean, between saying too much and too little.)