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159 Inspiring Quotes by Aeschylus

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Wikipedia Summary for Aeschylus

Aeschylus (UK: , US: ; Greek: Αἰσχύλος Aiskhylos, pronounced [ai̯s.kʰý.los]; c. 525/524 – c. 456/455 BC) was an ancient Greek author of Greek tragedy, and is often described as the father of tragedy. Academics' knowledge of the genre begins with his work, and understanding of earlier Greek tragedy is largely based on inferences made from reading his surviving plays. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in the theatre and allowed conflict among them. Before this, characters interacted only with the chorus.

Only seven of his estimated seventy to ninety plays have survived. There is a long-standing debate regarding the authorship of one of these plays, Prometheus Bound. Some believe that his son Euphorion wrote it. Fragments from other of Aeschylus' plays have survived in quotations, and more continue to be discovered on Egyptian papyrus. These fragments often give further insights into Aeschylus' work. He was probably the first dramatist to present plays as a trilogy. His Oresteia is the only extant and ancient example.

At least one of his plays was influenced by the Persians' second invasion of Greece (480–479 BC). This work, The Persians, is one of very few classical Greek tragedies concerned with contemporary events, and the only one extant. The significance of the war against Persia was so great to Aeschylus and the Greeks that Aeschylus' epitaph commemorates his participation in the Greek victory at Marathon while making no mention of his success as a playwright. Despite this, Aeschylus's work – particularly the Oresteia – is generally acclaimed by modern critics and scholars.

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

When a man takes the road to destruction, the gods help him along.

--Aeschylus

sunset

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

--Aeschylus

low angle view of blue clouds

For by the will of the gods Fate hath held sway since ancient days.

--Aeschylus

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

Alas, poor men, their destiny. When all goes well a shadow will overthrow it. If it be unkind one stroke of a wet sponge wipes all the picture out.

--Aeschylus

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.

--Aeschylus

forest at daytime

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

--Aeschylus


beach shore during day time

To make wail and lament for one's ill fortune, when one will win a tear from the audience, is well worthwhile.

--Aeschylus

four men sitting beside table

What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?

--Aeschylus

fawn pug lying on floor

Even so is the Libyan fable famed abroad: the eagle, pierced by the bow-sped shaft, looked at the feathered device, and said, "Thus, not by others, but by means of our own plumage, are we slain.

--Aeschylus

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.

--Aeschylus

white and purple flower in macro shot

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

--Aeschylus

sunset

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

--Aeschylus

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

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

--Aeschylus

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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.

--Aeschylus

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Thou beholdest a spectacle ill-sighted to the eye. (Vulcan).

--Aeschylus

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The so-called mother of the child isn't the child's begetter, but only a sort of nursing soil for the new-sown seed. The man, the one on top, is the true parent, while she, a stranger, foster's a stranger's sprout.

--Aeschylus

white pendant lamp

But I will place this carefully fed pig Within the crackling oven; and, I pray, What nicer dish can e'er be given to man.

--Aeschylus

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

Obstinacy standing alone is the weakest of all things in one whose mind is not possessed by wisdom.

--Aeschylus


fire near trees

If you are not envied, you are not enviable.

--Aeschylus

purple flower in tilt shift lens

It is the nature of mortals to kick a fallen man.

--Aeschylus

white brick wall planning

Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.

--Aeschylus

pink and white tulips on white surface

Those who would learn must suffer. In our own despair, against our will, wisdom comes to us.

--Aeschylus

red rose

So in the Libyan fable it is told That once an eagle, stricken with a dart, Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft: With our own feathers, not by others' hands, Are we now smitten.

--Aeschylus

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

Out of respect, a man must veil his words when talking with a woman, but with a man he can frankly say whatever's on his mind.

--Aeschylus

brown and black tiger near body of water

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.

--Aeschylus


macro shot photography of two votive candles

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

--Aeschylus

leafless tree under gray sky

The people's awe and innate fear will hold injustice back by day, by night, so long as the people leave the laws intact, just as they are: muddy the cleanest spring, and all you'll have to drink is muddy water.

--Aeschylus

yellow and green forest during daytime

Many among men are they who set high the show of honor, yet break justice.

--Aeschylus

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

If you will take me as your teacher, you will not kick against the pricks.

--Aeschylus

yellow painted wall

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.

--Aeschylus

sunset

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

--Aeschylus

blue and white painted wall

Respect the altar of Justice and do not, looking to profit, dishonor it by spurning with godless foot; for punishment will come upon you.

--Aeschylus

forest at daytime

Ye waves That o'er th' interminable ocean wreathe Your crisped smiles.

--Aeschylus

person holding dried beans

Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.

--Aeschylus

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

For the marriage bed ordained by fate for men and women is stronger than an oath and guarded by Justice.

--Aeschylus

body of water

Yes, he had the heart to sacrifice his daughter, to bless the war that avenge the loss of a woman.

--Aeschylus

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

By suffering comes wisdom.

--Aeschylus

rocks on sea side at daytime

Take courage; pain's extremity soon ends.

--Aeschylus

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

For a murderous blow let murderous blow atone.

--Aeschylus

trees at sunset

Good fortune is a god among men, and more than a god.

--Aeschylus

sunset

In visions of the night, like dropping rain,
Descend the many memories of pain.

--Aeschylus

silhouette of mountain

But when the dust has drunk the blood of men, no resurrection comes for one who's dead.

--Aeschylus

shade under a green-leafed tree

The will was of Zeus, the hand of Hephaestus.

--Aeschylus

person wearing red running shoe

May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.

--Aeschylus

None

For this our task hath Fate spun without fail to last for ever sure, that we on man weighed down with deeds of hate should follow till the earth his life immure. Nor when he dies can he boast of being truly free.

--Aeschylus

fawn pug on bed

Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.

--Aeschylus

sunset with agave stem

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

--Aeschylus

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

In war, truth is the first casualty.

--Aeschylus

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

Reverence for parents" stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.

--Aeschylus

sunset

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

--Aeschylus

cactus flowers

Ares gives his verdict without witnesses.

--Aeschylus

None

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

woman in black and white jacket standing on brown sand during daytime

We shall perish by guile just as we slew.

--Aeschylus


blue and black abstract painting

It is always in season for old men to learn.

--Aeschylus

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

Unanimous hatred is the greatest medicine for a human community.

--Aeschylus

pink flower

Nought is there in wealth That serves as bulwark 'gainst the subtle stealth Of Destiny and Doom.

--Aeschylus

black pug puppy on green textile

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

--Aeschylus

silhouette of trees during nighttime

When the black and mortal blood of man has fallen to the ground ... who then can sing spells to call it back again?

--Aeschylus

white sand under white sky

The tongue of slander is too prompt with wanton malice to wound the stranger.

--Aeschylus

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

On me the tempest falls. It does not make me tremble. O holy Mother Earth, O air and sun, behold me. I am wronged.

--Aeschylus

forest and body of water

For in pure maidens, knowing not the marriage-bed, the glance of the eyes sinks from shame.

--Aeschylus

green trees beside body of water during daytime

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

--Aeschylus

purple petaled flower

God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause.

--Aeschylus

None

Oh, it is easy for the one who stands outside the prison-wall of pain to exhort and teach the one who suffers.

--Aeschylus

Arizona landscape

I pray for no more youth To perish before its prime; That Revenge and iron-heated War May fade with all that has gone before Into the night of time.

--Aeschylus

sunset hgihway

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

--Aeschylus

clear wine glass with red wine

Neither a life of anarchy nor a life under a despot should you praise. To all that lies in the middle has a god given excellence.

--Aeschylus


Hey! I miss you

Wrong must not win by technicalities.

--Aeschylus

dirt road to sunset

Words are healers of the sick tempered.

--Aeschylus

three women sitting on rock near body of water

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

--Aeschylus

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

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

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

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

--Aeschylus

sunset

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

--Aeschylus


photo of pine trees

The gods at will can shape a gladder strain, and from the lamentations at the graveside, a song of triumph may arise.

--Aeschylus

shallow focus photography of red flower

Call no man happy till he is dead.

--Aeschylus

blue rose in close up photography

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

--Aeschylus


shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

Fortune is for all, judgment is theirs who have won it for themselves.

--Aeschylus

sunset highway

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

--Aeschylus

shade under a green-leafed tree

He hears but half who hears one party only.

--Aeschylus

brown sand beach during daytime

To learn is to be young, however old.

--Aeschylus

river in the middle of green and yellow mountains

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

--Aeschylus

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

Ares ever loves to pluck all the fairest flower of an armed host.

--Aeschylus

black floor lamp at the corner

A man dies not for the many wounds that pierce his breast, unless it be that life's end keep pace with death, nor by sitting on his hearth at home doth he the more escape his appointed doom.

--Aeschylus

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Time waxing old can many a lesson teach.

--Aeschylus

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Be it mine to draw from wisdom's fount, pure as it flows, that calm of soul which virtue only knows.

--Aeschylus

four person standing beside wall

When a match has equal partners then I fear not.

--Aeschylus

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

You shall learn, though late, the lesson of how to be discreet.

--Aeschylus

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

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.

--Aeschylus

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

No bribes. Nothing that passes under the roof of a temple Or under the roof of the mouth, can appease heaven's anger Or deflect its aim.

--Aeschylus

landscape photography of green tree

God ever works with those who work with will.

--Aeschylus

shallow focus photography of books

Know not to revere human things too much.

--Aeschylus

assorted books on wooden table

Nothing forces us to know
What we do not want to know
Except pain.

--Aeschylus

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

A people's wrath voiced abroad bringeth grave Danger, no less than public curse pronounced.

--Aeschylus

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Human prosperity never rests but always craves more, till blown up with pride it totters and falls. From the opulent mansions pointed at by all passers-by none warns it away, none cries, 'Let no more riches enter!'.

--Aeschylus

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.

--Aeschylus

person holding white book

Old men, what are they? Fast fading the leaf, Three-footed they walk, yet frail as a child, As a dream set afloat in the daylight.

--Aeschylus

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

On him who wields power gently, the god looks favorably from afar.

--Aeschylus

black textile in close up photography

But I must bear my destiny as best I can, knowing well that there is no resisting the strength of necessity.

--Aeschylus

person sleeping on gray gang chair

The moving light, rejoicing in its strength, Sped from the pyre of pine, and urged its way, In golden glory, like some strange new sun.

--Aeschylus

red rose

There is a time when fear is good and ought to remain seated as a guardian of the heart.

--Aeschylus

trees at sunset

We spoil ourselves with scruples long as things go well.

--Aeschylus

woman standing on forest

The act of evil breeds others to follow, young sins in its own likeness.

--Aeschylus

closeup photo of green leafed plant

Delay not to seize the hour!

--Aeschylus

sunset

To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.

--Aeschylus

sunset

The words of truth are simple.

--Aeschylus

road between yellow leaf trees at daytime

God always strives together with those who strive.

--Aeschylus

blue sky

What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?

--Aeschylus

None

It is like a woman indeed

To take rapture before the fact is shown for true.

They believe too easily, are too quick to shift

From ground to ground; and swift indeed

The rumor voiced by a woman dies again.

--Aeschylus

snow covered pine trees

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

blue and black abstract painting

Too few rejoice at a friend's good fortune.

--Aeschylus


mountains with trees under white star at night

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

--Aeschylus

green trees under white sky during daytime

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

--Aeschylus

brown trees under blue sky during daytime

Time brings all things to pass.

--Aeschylus


people walking on hallway

I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.

--Aeschylus

grayscale photography of pug

Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?

--Aeschylus

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

If a man should wanton walk with crime ... he shall find in death no great deliverance.

--Aeschylus

white petaled flower

Shameless self-willed infatuation
Emboldens men to dare damnation,
And starts the wheels of doom which roll
Relentless to their piteous goal.

--Aeschylus

pink flower

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

--Aeschylus

aerial photography of forest

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

--Aeschylus

green trees on brown soil

Justice inclines her scales so that wisdom comes at the price of suffering.

--Aeschylus

milky way wallpaper

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

--Aeschylus


3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

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

--Aeschylus

grassland landscape

But time growing old teaches all things.

--Aeschylus

Light blue to dark blue gradient

Commander against commander, brother against brother, enemy against enemy, I will take my stand. Quick, bring my greaves to protect against spears and stones!

--Aeschylus

grayscale photography of pug

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

--Aeschylus

man smiling while facing other person

He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.

--Aeschylus

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

They came back
To widows,
To fatherless children,
To screams, to sobbing.
The men came back
As little clay jars
Full of sharp cinders.

--Aeschylus

fire near trees

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.

--Aeschylus

close-up photo of pink flower

Time shell be the limit of my suffering.

--Aeschylus

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Hungry wailing standeth not aloof.

--Aeschylus

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

But you cannot speak of any glory for happenings that are at once evil and held in dishonor.

--Aeschylus

foggy mountain summit

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

--Aeschylus

white clouds and blue sky

O Death the Healer, scorn thou not, I pray, To come to me: of cureless ills thou art The one physician. Pain lays not its touch Upon a corpse.

--Aeschylus

sunset forest

Words are the parents of a causeless wrath.

--Aeschylus

sunset dirt road

Oaths are not the credit of men but men of oaths.

--Aeschylus

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Aeschylus

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

From him Death alone of all the powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

--Aeschylus

black textile in close up photography

They sent forth men to battle, But no such men return; And home, to claim their welcome, Come ashes in an urn.

--Aeschylus

aerial photography of beach

Mourn for me rather as living than as dead.

--Aeschylus

closeup photo of violin on brown surface

Only through suffering do we learn.

--Aeschylus

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.

--Aeschylus

Longer Version:

There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.


castle surrounded fog

The air is Zeus, Zeus earth, and Zeus the heaven, Zeus all that is, and what transcends them all.

--Aeschylus

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life.

--Aeschylus

sunset

With our own feathers, not by others' hands,
Are we now smitten.

--Aeschylus

people in the street painting

The wisest of the wise may err.

--Aeschylus

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

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

--Aeschylus

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

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

--Aeschylus

aerial photo of foggy mountains

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

--Aeschylus

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

For Hades is mighty in calling men to account below the earth, and with a mind that records in tablets he surveys all things.

--Aeschylus

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