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Publilius Syrus quotes (72)

A beautiful face is a mute recommendation.
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A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
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A good reputation is more valuable than money.
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A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.
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Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.
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An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
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An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
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Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
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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.
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Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.
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Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
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Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
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Each day is the scholar of yesterday.
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Familiarity breeds contempt.
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Fortune is like glass - the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
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From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
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God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.
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Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.
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He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.
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He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
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He who spares the bad injures the good.
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He whom many fear, has himself many to fear.
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How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
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I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
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If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
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It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
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It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay.
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It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.
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It is better to learn late than never.
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It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
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It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny.
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It is not every question that deserves an answer.
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It is only the ignorant who despise education.
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Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.
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Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
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Never promise more than you can perform.
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No one knows what he can do until he tries.
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One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard.
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Pain forces even the innocent to lie.
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Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.
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Practice is the best of all instructors.
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Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
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Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
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Some remedies are worse than the disease.
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Speech is the mirror of the soul.
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Take care that no one hates you justly.
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The bare recollection of anger kindles anger.
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The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
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The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
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The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.
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The miser is as much in want of what he has as of what he has not.
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The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.
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The person who receives the most favors is the one who knows how to return them.
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The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.
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The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.
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The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.
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The wounds of love can only be healed by the one who made them.
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There are some remedies worse than the disease.
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They do injury to the good who spares the bad.
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To do two things at once is to do neither.
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To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.
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Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
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Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
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We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
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We die as often as we lose a friend.
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What is left when honor is lost?
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When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favor on all.
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Where there is unity there is always victory.
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While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
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You are in a pitiable condition if you have to conceal what you wish to tell.
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