Aeschylus
Quotations


Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.

On him who wields power gently, the god looks favorably from afar.

Justice shines in very smoky homes, and honors the righteous; but the gold-spangled mansions where the hands are unclean she leaves with eyes averted.

You shall learn, though late, the lesson of how to be discreet.

Of prosperity mortals can never have enough.

Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime's length?

I know that men in exile feed on hopes.

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

Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.

May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.

Willingly no one chooses the yoke of slavery.

We must pronounce him fortunate who has ended his life in fair prosperity.

The unenvied man is not enviable.

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

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

We should know clearly before we discuss this matter; to guess is one thing, to know clearly another.

Overly persuasive a woman's ordinance spreads far, traveling fast; but fast dying a rumor voiced by a woman perishes.

Bonds and the pangs of hunger are excellent prophet doctors for the wits.

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

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.

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.

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.

For Hades is mighty in calling men to account below the earth, and with a mind that records in tablets he surveys all things.

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

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

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

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

For the marriage bed ordained by fate for men and women is stronger than an oath and guarded by Justice.

Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.

But from the good health of the mind comes that which is dear to all and the object of prayer-happiness.

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

It is good even for old men to learn wisdom.

It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.

What good is it to live a life that brings pains?

When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?

God always strives together with those who strive.

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.

Base men who prosper are unenviable.

Know not to revere human things too much.

The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.

The man who does ill must suffer ill.

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

The words of truth are simple.

Self-will in the man who does not reckon wisely is by itself the weakest of all things.

It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.

The best by far is to marry in one's own rank.

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

Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.

Whoever is new to power is always harsh.

But time growing old teaches all things.

What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?

For hostile word let hostile word be paid.

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.

Obedience is the mother of success, and success the parent of salvation.

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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