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Aeschylus Quotes


Ancient Greek playwright who is often considered the father of tragedy.
(525 BC - 456 BC)

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

Against necessity, against its strength, no one can fight and win.
[Acceptance]
 

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.
 

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.
 

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

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

Ask the gods nothing excessive.
[Forgiveness]
 

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

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

But time growing old teaches all things.
 

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

By Time and Age full many things are taught.
 

Call no man happy till he is dead.
[Death]
 

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

Death is preferable - it is a milder fate than tyranny.
 

Delay not to seize the hour!
 

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

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

Everyone's quick to blame the alien.
 

Excessive fear is always powerless.
[Fear]
 


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