Aeschylus (c. 525/524 – c. 456/455 BC) 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.

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The words of truth are simple.

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

God loves to help him who strives to help himself.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

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

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

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

He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.

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

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

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

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