Aeschylus Thoughts and Quotes

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

 

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.

 

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

 

Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.

 

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.

 

Only when a man’s life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?

 

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.

 

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

 

To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.

 

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

 

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

 

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.

 

Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.

 

There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy’s hand, when you hate mutually.

 

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.

 

Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.

 

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.

 

You have been trapped in the inescapable net of ruin by your own want of sense.

 

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

 

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

 

What exists outside is a man’s concern; let no woman give advice; and do no mischief within doors.

 

To be free from evil thoughts is God’s best gift.

 

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

 

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

 

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

 

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

 

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