Aeschylus Quotes

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A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.
— Aeschylus

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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.

Aeschylus

Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away.

Aeschylus

And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.

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And though all streams flow from a single course to cleanse the blood from polluted hand, they hasten on their course in vain.

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Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.

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Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.

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But time growing old teaches all things.

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By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.

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By Time and Age full many things are taught.

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Call no man happy till he is dead.

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Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.

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Death is softer by far than tyranny.

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Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.

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Don't you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?

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Everyone's quick to blame the alien.

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Excessive fear is always powerless.

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For a murderous blow let murderous blow atone.

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For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.

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For hostile word let hostile word be paid.

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For know that no one is free, except Zeus.

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For somehow this disease inheres in tyranny, never to trust one's friends.

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For the impious act begets more after it, like to the parent stock.

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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.

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For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.

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For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.

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From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.

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God always strives together with those who strive.

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God lends a helping hand to the man who tries hard.

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God loves to help him who strives to help himself.

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God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.

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Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

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He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.

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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.

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His resolve is not to seem the bravest, but to be.

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I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.

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I know how men in exile feed on dreams.

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I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths.

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I willingly speak to those who know, but for those who do not know I forget.

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I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.

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I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.

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I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.

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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.

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If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.

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In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.

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In the lack of judgment great harm arises, but one vote cast can set right a house.

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It is a light thing for whoever keeps his foot outside trouble to advise and counsel him that suffers.

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It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

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It is always in season for old men to learn.

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It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.

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A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.

Aeschylus