AESCHYLUS QUOTES

Greek dramatist (525 B.C.-456 B.C.)

Aeschylus quote

But still the block of Vengeance firm doth stand, and Fate, as swordsmith, hammers blow on blow.

AESCHYLUS, The Libation Pourers

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They sent forth men to battle, but no such men return; and home, to claim their welcome, come ashes in an urn.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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The truth has to be melted out of our stubborn lives by suffering. Nothing speaks the truth, nothing tells us how things really are, nothing forces us to know what we do not want to know except pain. And this is how the gods declare their love.

AESCHYLUS, The Oresteia

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Time as he grows old teaches all things.

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

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For simple are the words of truth.

AESCHYLUS, fragment, Hoplon Krisis

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

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

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Ah me, thou Destiny, Giver of evil gifts.

AESCHYLUS, The Seven Against Thebes

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And now it goes as it goes
and where it ends is Fate.
And neither by singeing flesh
nor tipping cups of wine
nor shedding burning tears can you
enchant away the rigid Fury.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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When the black and mortal blood of man has fallen to the ground ... who then can sing spells to call it back again?

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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Call no man happy till he is dead.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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Wisdom comes only through suffering.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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In visions of the night, like dropping rain, descend the many memories of pain.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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Courage! Suffering, when it climbs highest, lasts not long.

AESCHYLUS, fragment

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The man who boldly transgresses, amassing a great heap unjustly--by force, in time, he will strike his sail, when trouble seizes him as the yardarm is splintered. He calls on those who hear nothing and he struggles in the midst of the whirling waters. The god laughs at the hot-headed man, seeing him, who boasted that this would never happen, exhausted by distress without remedy and unable to surmount the cresting wave. He wrecks the happiness of his earlier life on the reef of Justice, and he perishes unwept, unseen.

AESCHYLUS, The Eumenides

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I would far rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evil.

AESCHYLUS, The Suppliants

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Unjustly men hate death, which is the greatest defence against their many ills.

AESCHYLUS, fragment

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

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

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My will is mine ... I shall not make it soft for you.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

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Alas, poor men, their destiny. When all goes well a shadow will overthrow it. If it be unkind one stroke of a wet sponge wipes all the picture out.

AESCHYLUS, The Oresteia

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For, alone of gods, Death loves not gifts; no, not by sacrifice, nor by libation, canst thou aught avail with him; he hath no altar nor hath he hymn of praise; from him, alone of gods, Persuasion stands aloof.

AESCHYLUS, fragment, Niobe

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Tags: death