Publilius Syrus


Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.

To do two things at once is to do neither.

When two do the same thing, it is not the same thing after all.

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.

No tears are shed when an enemy dies.

God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.

The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

We are interested in others when they are interested in us.

The judge is condemned when the criminal is acquitted.

Every one excels in something in which another fails.

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself.

A god could hardly love and be wise.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills which you should avoid.

No man is happy who does not think himself so.

Many receive advice, few profit by it.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.

Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.

What is left when honour is lost?

A friendship that can end never really began.

When Fortune flatters, she does it to betray.