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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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.

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.

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

What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?

Justice turns the scale bringing to some learning through suffering.

Call no man happy till he is dead.

I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.

It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.

What exists outside is a man's concern, let no woman give advice, and do no mischief within doors.

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

If a man suffers ill let it be without shame, for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.

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

We shall perish by guile just as we slew.

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

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

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

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.

It is a light thing for whoever keeps his foot outside trouble to advise and counsel him that suffers.

When a match has equal partners then I fear not.

The anvil of justice is planted firm and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.

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