Publilius Syrus

Ancient Rome
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Necessity knows no law except to conquer
Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything
Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently
Patience provoked often turns to fury
You will conquer more surely by prudence than by passion
We should provide in peace what we need in war
We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have
We are interested in others when they are interested in us
To accept a favor is to sell one's freedom
The too constant use even of good things is hurtful
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."