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Aeschylus Quotes

  1. He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
  2. It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
  3. From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
  4. There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
  5. Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.
  6. Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
  7. For know that no one is free, except Zeus.
  8. Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
  9. It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
  10. Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
  11. God always strives together with those who strive.
  12. I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.
  13. It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
  14. Time brings all things to pass.
  15. Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.
  16. Everyone’s quick to blame the alien.
  17. God lends a helping hand to the man who tries hard.
  18. When a man’s willing and eager the god’s join in.
  19. It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.
  20. God loves to help him who strives to help himself.
  21. It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
  22. You have been trapped in the inescapable net of ruin by your own want of sense.
  23. I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
  24. The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.
  25. For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another’s happiness.
  26. Death is softer by far than tyranny.
  27. It is always in season for old men to learn.
  28. Whoever is new to power is always harsh.
  29. There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.
  30. In every tyrant’s heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
  31. Excessive fear is always powerless.
  32. By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.
  33. Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.
  34. The wisest of the wise may err.
  35. Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.
  36. What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?
  37. But time growing old teaches all things.
  38. It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
  39. What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?
  40. We shall perish by guile just as we slew.
  41. To be free from evil thoughts is God’s best gift.
  42. Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?
  43. Mourn for me rather as living than as dead.
  44. The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.
  45. There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
  46. Too few rejoice at a friend’s good fortune.
  47. The man whose authority is recent is always stern.
  48. The words of truth are simple.
  49. It is a light thing for whoever keeps his foot outside trouble to advise and counsel him that suffers.
  50. When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
  51. Time as he grows old teaches all things.
  52. His resolve is not to seem the bravest, but to be.
  53. I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.
  54. Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.
  55. Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another’s might.
  56. God’s most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
  57. I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
  58. Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.
  59. Since long I’ve held silence a remedy for harm.
  60. To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.
  1. My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair.
  2. It is always in season for old men to learn.
  3. The man who does ill must suffer ill.
  4. His resolve is not to seem the bravest, but to be.
  5. Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.
  6. It is good even for old men to learn wisdom.
  7. God’s most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
  8. Of prosperity mortals can never have enough.
  9. Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.
  10. Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.
  11. It is a light thing for whoever keeps his foot outside trouble to advise and counsel him that suffers.
  12. For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
  13. There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
  14. He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
  15. The evils of mortals are manifold; nowhere is trouble of the same wing seen.
  16. There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy’s hand, when you hate mutually.
  17. For hostile word let hostile word be paid.
  18. Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.
  19. Only when a man’s life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
  20. I willingly speak to those who know, but for those who do not know I forget.
  21. Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter – Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes – A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
  22. Self-will in the man who does not reckon wisely is by itself the weakest of all things.
  23. A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.
  24. What good is it to live a life that brings pains?
  25. And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.
  26. I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths.
  27. If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.
  28. When a match has equal partners then I fear not.
  29. For a murderous blow let murderous blow atone.
  30. We must pronounce him fortunate who has ended his life in fair prosperity.
  31. For the impious act begets more after it, like to the parent stock.
  32. What exists outside is a man’s concern; let no woman give advice; and do no mischief within doors.
  33. In the lack of judgment great harm arises, but one vote cast can set right a house.
  34. Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
  35. By Time and Age full many things are taught.
  36. It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.
  37. Don’t you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?
  38. Know not to revere human things too much.
  39. For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.
  40. If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame; for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
  41. Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime’s length?

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