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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
Publius Syrus
  A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.  1
  A friend must not be injured, even in jest.  2
  A rolling stone gathers no moss.  3
  A small debt makes a debtor; a heavy one makes an enemy.  4
  A woman either loves or hates; she knows no medium.  5
  Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.  6
  Alas! how difficult it is to retain glory!  7
  An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.  8
  An enemy despised is the most dangerous of all enemies.  9
  An evil gain equals a loss.  10
  Conversation is the image of the mind; as the man, so is his speech.  11
  Danger comes the sooner when it is despised.  12
  Each succeeding day is the scholar of that which preceded.  13
  Every madman thinks all other men mad.  14
  Familiarity breeds contempt.  15
  Flattery, which was formerly a vice, is now grown into a custom.  16
  Forgive others often, yourself never.  17
  Fortune is like glass; when she shines, she is broken.  18
  Friendship is stronger than kindred.  19
  From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.  20
  Gain at the expense of reputation is manifest loss.  21
  God looks at pure, not full hands.  22
  He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.  23
  He gives twice who gives quickly.  24
  He hurts the good who spares the bad.  25
  He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard.  26
  He is safe from danger who is on his guard even when safe.  27
  He who flees from trial confesses his guilt.  28
  He who overlooks one crime invites the commission of another.  29
  I have often regretted having spoken, never having kept silent.  30
  If what must be given is given willingly the kindness is doubled.  31
  If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.  32
  In excessive altercation truth is lost.  33
  In love, anger is always false.  34
  It is a good thing to learn caution by the misfortunes of others.  35
  It is easy to defend the innocent; but who is eloquent enough to defend the guilty?  36
  It is good to see in the misfortunes of others what we should avoid.  37
  It is sometimes expedient to forget what you know.  38
  It is well to learn from the misfortunes of others what should be avoided.  39
  Man has been lent, not given, to life.  40
  Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.  41
  Necessity knows no law except to conquer.  42
  No good man ever became suddenly rich.  43
  No one reaches a high position without daring.  44
  One ungrateful man does an injury to all who are in suffering.  45
  Pardon others often, thyself never.  46
  Poverty is in want of much, but avarice of everything.  47
  Repentance follows hasty counsels.  48
  Some remedies are worse than the disease.  49
  Straining breaks the bow, and relaxation relieves the mind.  50
  Suspicion is ever strong on the suffering side.  51
  Take care that no one hates you justly.  52
  That is a most wretched fortune which is without an enemy.  53
  That man has the fewest wants who is the least anxious for wealth.  54
  That should be long considered which can be decided but once.  55
  The eye strays not while under the guidance of reason.  56
  The gambler is more wicked as he is a greater proficient in his art.  57
  The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.  58
  The highest power may be lost by misrule.  59
  The losing side is full of suspicion.  60
  The malevolent have hidden teeth.  61
  The miser is as much in want of what he has, as of what he has not.  62
  The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.  63
  The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.  64
  The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.  65
  The power of habit is very strong.  66
  The swiftest despatch seems slow to desire.  67
  The things which belong to others please us more, and that which is ours, is more pleasing to others.  68
  The wickedness of the few makes the calamity of the many.  69
  There are some remedies worse than the disease.  70
  There is no gain so certain as that which arises from sparing what you have.  71
  To accept a favor is to sell one’s freedom.  72
  To die at the command of another is to die twice.  73
  To lose a friend is the greatest of all losses.  74
  Union gives strength to the humble.  75
  Unless you bear with the faults of a friend, you betray your own.  76
  Vices that are familiar we pardon, and only new ones reprehend.  77
  Wine has drowned more than the sea.  78
  You are in a pitiable condition when you have to conceal what you wish to tell.  79
  You should not live one way in private, another in public.  80

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