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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And though all streams flow from a single course to cleanse the blood from polluted hand they hasten on their course in vain.

The evils of mortals are manifold, nowhere is trouble of the same wing seen.

Who except the gods can live time through forever without any pain?

A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.

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.

The wisest of the wise may err.

Everyone's quick to blame the alien.

I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths.

It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.

The man who does ill must suffer ill.

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

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

Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.

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

What good is it to live a life that brings pains?

Time as he grows old teaches all things.

I schooled in misery know many purifying rites and I know where speech is proper and where silence.

It is good even for old men to learn wisdom.

We must pronounce him fortunate who has ended his life in fair prosperity.

You have been trapped in the inescapable net of ruin by your own want of sense.

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