Age Old Sayings of Greek Tragedian Aeschylus

Aeschylus was an ancient Greek tragedian. He is often described as the father of tragedy. Academics’ knowledge of the genre begins with his work, and understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays. Page has famous quotes by Aeschylus.

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Famous Quotes by Aeschylus

By Time and Age full many things are taught.

— Aeschylus

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

Call no man happy till he is dead.

— Aeschylus

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

Death is softer by far than tyranny.

— Aeschylus

For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.

— Aeschylus

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.

— Aeschylus

I’m not afraid of storms for I’m learning to sail my ship.

— Aeschylus

It is always in season for old men to learn.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

When a match has equal partners then I fear not.

— Aeschylus

Excessive fear is always powerless.

— Aeschylus

God loves to help him who strives to help himself.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

God always strives together with those who strive.

— Aeschylus

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.

— Aeschylus

God’s most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.

— Aeschylus

Whenever a man makes haste God too hastens with him.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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.

— Aeschylus

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.

— Aeschylus

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

I’m not afraid of storms for I’m learning to sail my ship.

— Aeschylus

Justice turns the scale bringing to some learning through suffering.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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.

— Aeschylus

Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.

— Aeschylus

Whoever is new to power is always harsh.

— Aeschylus

Excessive fear is always powerless.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

Time brings all things to pass.

— Aeschylus

But time growing old teaches all things.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

The words of truth are simple.

— Aeschylus

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

— Aeschylus

Of prosperity mortals can never have enough.

— Aeschylus

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.

— Aeschylus

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.

— Aeschylus

It is good even for old men to learn wisdom.

— Aeschylus

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

— Aeschylus

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