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49 Inspirational Aeschylus Quotes (WISDOM)

Top 10 Most Famous Aeschylus Quotes (BEST)

“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
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
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.
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.

Wisdom comes through suffering. Trouble, with its memories of pain, drips in our hearts as we try to sleep, so men against their will learn to practice moderation. Favours come to us from gods.”

Aeschylus
Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.
Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.
Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
My will is mine... I shall not make it soft for you.
My will is mine… I shall not make it soft for you.
They sent forth men to battle, but no such men return; and home, to claim their welcome, come ashes in an urn.
They sent forth men to battle, but no such men return; and home, to claim their welcome, come ashes in an urn.

10 Wise Aeschylus Quotes to Live By (WISDOM)

There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
Nothing forces us to know what we do not want to know. Except pain. And this is how the gods declare their love.
Nothing forces us to know what we do not want to know. Except pain. And this is how the gods declare their love.
To learn is to be young, however old.
To learn is to be young, however old.
Time, as it grows old, teaches all things.
Time, as it grows old, teaches all things.
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
You shall learn, though late, the lesson of how to be discreet.
You shall learn, though late, the lesson of how to be discreet.
Courage! Suffering, when it climbs highest, lasts not long.
Courage! Suffering, when it climbs highest, lasts not long.

4 Aeschylus Quotes on Truth

In war, truth is the first casualty.
In war, truth is the first casualty.
Simple is the speech of truth.
Simple is the speech of truth.
It's not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
It’s not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
Wrong must not win by technicalities.
Wrong must not win by technicalities.

10 Inspirational Aeschylus Quotes on Life and Death

Unjustly men hate death, which is the greatest defence against their many ills.
Unjustly men hate death, which is the greatest defence against their many ills.
For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life.
For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one’s life.
I gave them hope, and so turned away their eyes from death.
I gave them hope, and so turned away their eyes from death.
I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.
I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.
God loves to help him who strives to help himself.
God loves to help him who strives to help himself.
Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Suffering brings experience.
Suffering brings experience.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.
Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.
When the black and mortal blood of man has fallen to the ground... who then can sing spells to call it back again?
When the black and mortal blood of man has fallen to the ground… who then can sing spells to call it back again?

5 Aeschylus Quotes on Treachery and Happiness

“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
I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.
I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.
It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.
And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.
For somehow this is tyranny's disease, to trust no friends.
For somehow this is tyranny’s disease, to trust no friends.

5 Short Aeschylus Quotes that will Make You Think

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
The man whose authority is recent is always stern.
The man whose authority is recent is always stern.
God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
God’s most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
Time brings all things to pass.
Time brings all things to pass.
His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.
His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.

3 Aeschylus Quotes on Women

She looked just like a painting dying to speak.
She looked just like a painting dying to speak.
Wiles and deceit are female qualities.
Wiles and deceit are female qualities.
Rumours voiced by women come to nothing.
Rumours voiced by women come to nothing.

2 Aeschylus Quotes on Words

There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

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