A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss – 17 July 2008

I was surprised to learn that two often heard sayings – “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” and “It is better to learn late than never.” – are really ancient, dating back to 42 B.C. These two, as well as many others, are attributed to Publilius Syrus, an Assyrian who was brought to Italy as a slave, and who became a Latin writer after his master, impressed by his wit and talent, freed and educated him.

Here are a few of the words of wisdom attributed to Publilius (Publius) Syrus, 42 B.C. –

“You should not live one way in private, another in public.”

“Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.”

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”

“It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well.”

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

“It is better to learn late than never.”

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