When a man takes the road to destruction, the gods help him along.
It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.
For by the will of the gods Fate hath held sway since ancient days.
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.
Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.
Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?
To make wail and lament for one's ill fortune, when one will win a tear from the audience, is well worthwhile.
What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?
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.
When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.
I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths.
And though all streams flow from a single course to cleanse the blood from polluted hand, they hasten on their course in vain.
When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
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.
Thou beholdest a spectacle ill-sighted to the eye. (Vulcan).
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.
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.
Obstinacy standing alone is the weakest of all things in one whose mind is not possessed by wisdom.
If you are not envied, you are not enviable.
It is the nature of mortals to kick a fallen man.
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.
Those who would learn must suffer. In our own despair, against our will, wisdom comes to us.
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.
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.
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
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.
Many among men are they who set high the show of honor, yet break justice.
If you will take me as your teacher, you will not kick against the pricks.
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.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
Respect the altar of Justice and do not, looking to profit, dishonor it by spurning with godless foot; for punishment will come upon you.
Ye waves That o'er th' interminable ocean wreathe Your crisped smiles.
Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
For the marriage bed ordained by fate for men and women is stronger than an oath and guarded by Justice.
Yes, he had the heart to sacrifice his daughter, to bless the war that avenge the loss of a woman.
By suffering comes wisdom.
Take courage; pain's extremity soon ends.
For a murderous blow let murderous blow atone.
Good fortune is a god among men, and more than a god.
In visions of the night, like dropping rain,
Descend the many memories of pain.
But when the dust has drunk the blood of men, no resurrection comes for one who's dead.
The will was of Zeus, the hand of Hephaestus.
May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.
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.
Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
In war, truth is the first casualty.
Reverence for parents" stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.
A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.
Ares gives his verdict without witnesses.
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.
We shall perish by guile just as we slew.
It is always in season for old men to learn.
Unanimous hatred is the greatest medicine for a human community.
Nought is there in wealth That serves as bulwark 'gainst the subtle stealth Of Destiny and Doom.
Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
When the black and mortal blood of man has fallen to the ground ... who then can sing spells to call it back again?
The tongue of slander is too prompt with wanton malice to wound the stranger.
On me the tempest falls. It does not make me tremble. O holy Mother Earth, O air and sun, behold me. I am wronged.
For in pure maidens, knowing not the marriage-bed, the glance of the eyes sinks from shame.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause.
Oh, it is easy for the one who stands outside the prison-wall of pain to exhort and teach the one who suffers.
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.
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
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.
Wrong must not win by technicalities.
Words are healers of the sick tempered.
Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
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.
It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.
In the lack of judgment great harm arises, but one vote cast can set right a house.
The gods at will can shape a gladder strain, and from the lamentations at the graveside, a song of triumph may arise.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.
Fortune is for all, judgment is theirs who have won it for themselves.
Self-will in the man who does not reckon wisely is by itself the weakest of all things.
He hears but half who hears one party only.
To learn is to be young, however old.
Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.
Ares ever loves to pluck all the fairest flower of an armed host.
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.
Time waxing old can many a lesson teach.
Be it mine to draw from wisdom's fount, pure as it flows, that calm of soul which virtue only knows.
When a match has equal partners then I fear not.
You shall learn, though late, the lesson of how to be discreet.
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.
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.
God ever works with those who work with will.
Know not to revere human things too much.
Nothing forces us to know
What we do not want to know
A people's wrath voiced abroad bringeth grave Danger, no less than public curse pronounced.
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!'.
If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.
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.
On him who wields power gently, the god looks favorably from afar.
But I must bear my destiny as best I can, knowing well that there is no resisting the strength of necessity.
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.
There is a time when fear is good and ought to remain seated as a guardian of the heart.
We spoil ourselves with scruples long as things go well.
The act of evil breeds others to follow, young sins in its own likeness.
Delay not to seize the hour!
To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.
The words of truth are simple.
God always strives together with those who strive.
What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?
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.
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.
Too few rejoice at a friend's good fortune.
God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Time brings all things to pass.
I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.
Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?
If a man should wanton walk with crime ... he shall find in death no great deliverance.
Shameless self-willed infatuation
Emboldens men to dare damnation,
And starts the wheels of doom which roll
Relentless to their piteous goal.
The evils of mortals are manifold; nowhere is trouble of the same wing seen.
There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
Justice inclines her scales so that wisdom comes at the price of suffering.
And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.
What good is it to live a life that brings pains?
But time growing old teaches all things.
Commander against commander, brother against brother, enemy against enemy, I will take my stand. Quick, bring my greaves to protect against spears and stones!
Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.
He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
They came back
To fatherless children,
To screams, to sobbing.
The men came back
As little clay jars
Full of sharp cinders.
I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
Time shell be the limit of my suffering.
Hungry wailing standeth not aloof.
But you cannot speak of any glory for happenings that are at once evil and held in dishonor.
Only when a man's life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
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.
Words are the parents of a causeless wrath.
Oaths are not the credit of men but men of oaths.
What exists outside is a man's concern; let no woman give advice; and do no mischief within doors.
From him Death alone of all the powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.
They sent forth men to battle, But no such men return; And home, to claim their welcome, Come ashes in an urn.
Mourn for me rather as living than as dead.
Only through suffering do we learn.
There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
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.
The air is Zeus, Zeus earth, and Zeus the heaven, Zeus all that is, and what transcends them all.
For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life.
With our own feathers, not by others' hands,
Are we now smitten.
The wisest of the wise may err.
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.
For Hades is mighty in calling men to account below the earth, and with a mind that records in tablets he surveys all things.