Quotes by Aeschylus

These Aeschylus quotes are compiled from the surviving works of the famous ancient Greek Tragedian. 

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Aeschylus (525-456 BC) was an ancient Greek playwright sometimes known as the “Father of Tragedy”.

His works had a profound impact on Greek drama and have influenced many playwrights throughout history.

Aeschylus wrote over 90 plays in his lifetime and is credited with introducing dramatic elements like a Chorus and creating scenes related to contemporary issues. He was also one of the first to use theatrical masks onstage as a way to represent characters.

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.

Famous Quotes By Aeschylus

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

Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

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

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

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

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.

Quotes From Aeschylus

A prosperous fool is a grievous burden

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased

Wisdom comes through suffering

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

There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.

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. Truth comes with pain.

They sent forth men to battle, But no such men return; And home, to claim their welcome, Come ashes in an urn

There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.

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; and that is far the most unhappy thing of all.

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief

Well Known Quotes Aeschylus

Death is the healer of incurable diseases.

Better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all my life.

Wise is he who knows useful things, not he who knows many things.

A huge tree can tower from a tiny seed.

For wealth is useless to the dead.

The words of the truth are simple.

Surely to die with glory is a blessing for the mortals.

Learning by suffering.

Bronze is the mirror of the form; wine, of the heart.

The ceaseless twinkling of laughter of the waves of the sea.

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Forward, you sons of Hellas! Set your country free! Set free your sons, your wives, the tombs of your ancestors, and temples of your gods . All is at stake now, fight!

By deeds, not words.

The fight does not wait for those who delay.

Rule yourself what is your own.

The beds are filled with tears longing for the men.

But when a man speeds toward his own ruin, god gives him help.

I hold my own mind and think apart from other men.

The night likes to cause pain to the wise ruler.

Sometimes fear is a good thing.

You pay the hit with a hit.

Hunger coexists with darkness.

Do not kick against the pricks, you will hurt yourself.

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

Time as he grows old teaches all things.

Times purifies all things that age with time.

No one is free but Zeus.

Sickness and health are neighbors with a common wall.

No boaster he, but with a hand which sees the thing to do.

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

God loves to assist the man who works hard.

For things with no benefit do not try in vain.

You will not be tolerated if you are successful.

The power of necessity is irresistible.

Gain upon gain, and interest to boot!

Man tend to trample the fallen.

Words are the doctors of a temper diseased.

Zeus whoever he may ever be.

If you pollute clear water with mud, you shall never find to drink.

Arrogance in full bloom bears a crop of ruinous folly from which it reaps a harvest all of tears.

It is horrible for a woman to stay home alone without a man.

As to the rest I am silent. A big ox stands upon my tongue.

Which of these options is without bad implications?

Many a hope hath made shipwreck, only one have I seen fulfilled.

Helen? Ship destroyer, men destroyer, city destroyer.

Surely it is not for a woman to long for battle.

Respect neither anarchy nor tyranny.

To be happy is a god among men and more than a god.

Every ruler new to power is harsh.

Oh handicraft that I hate so much!

And now I am the miserable sport of the wind!

The will of Zeus, the hand of Hephæstus.

He or silence keeps or speaks in season.

He who is not enviable is not admirable.

Dare to be boastful, like a cock beside his female.

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