The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus by Publius Syrus

Moral Sayings of Publius

Summary
  1. Publius Syrus was not born a slave but captured in Syria and given that name. His master gave him an education and later his freedom and this book is a collection of wonderful wisdom and antidotes on how to lead a successful and happy life
Key Takeaways
  1. To do two things at once is to do neither
  2. Hard it is to correct the habit already formed
  3. We are interested in others when they are interested in us
  4. We all seek to know whether we shall be rich; but no one asks whether he shall be good
  5. A wise man rules his passions, a fool obeys them
  6. Human reason grows rich by self-conquest
  7. He has existed only, not lived, who lacks wisdom in old age
  8. What greater evil could you wish a miser, than along life?
  9. The rich miser suffers more from loss than a poor sage
  10. No one but a knave or fool thinks a good deed thrown away
  11. To receive a favor is to pawn your freedom
  12. A favor granted before it is asked is doubly acceptable
  13. A good reputation, even in darkness, keeps on shining
  14. We must master our good fortune, or it will master us
  15. Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills which you should avoid
  16. Trust no man as a friend till you have tried him
  17. The request of a master is a command
  18. Consult your conscience, rather than popular opinion
  19. Consider what you ought to say, and not what you think
  20. Patience is a remedy for every sorrow
What I got out of it
  1. Over 1,000 powerful 1-2 line thoughts and axioms. Too many to include and probably will never be able to fully absorb the wisdom contained in this book. One of the few books I feel I will read over and over. Can’t recommend highly enough

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