Aeschylus

Aeschylus

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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Time brings all things to pass.

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

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.

Bronze in the mirror of the form wine of the mind.

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

For hostile word let hostile word be paid.

Whenever a man makes haste God too hastens with him.

Too few rejoice at a friend's good fortune.

Excessive fear is always powerless.

For this is the mark of a wise and upright man not to rail against the gods in misfortune.

Know not to revere human things too much.

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

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.

The man whose authority is recent is always stern.

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

Death is softer by far than tyranny.

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

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

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

Whoever is new to power is always harsh.

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