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When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.

EURIPIDES, Temenidæ (fragment)

Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour.


Even amid bacchic celebrations, the woman who is truly virtuous will not be corrupted.


Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven.


Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.

EURIPIDES, Antiope (fragment)

What greater grief than the loss of one's native land.


Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.


Reasonable words make reasonable arguments
and I could believe them but truth lies in deeds.


Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.

EURIPIDES, Œdipus (fragment)

I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity.

EURIPIDES, Hercules Furens

There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.

EURIPIDES, Hippolytus

Cowards do not count in battle; they are there, but not in it.

EURIPIDES, Meleager (fragment)

Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.

EURIPIDES, Phrixus (fragment)

There is no bitterness to be compared
With that between two people who once loved.


To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs.

EURIPIDES, The Complete Greek Tragedies

Events will take their course, it is no good being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.

EURIPIDES, Bellerophon (fragment)

To me, fame is the important thing.
I'd give up all I owned for it.
What good is a voice like Orpheus'
If no one knows it belongs to you?


The brash unbridled tongue, the lawless folly of fools, will end in pain. But the life of wise content is blest with quietness, escapes the storm and keeps its house secure.

EURIPIDES, The Bacchae

'Twas but my tongue, 'twas not my soul that swore.

EURIPIDES, Hippolytus

When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.


I think,
Some shrewd man first, a man in judgment wise,
Found for mortals the fear of gods,
Thereby to frighten the wicked should they
Even act or speak or scheme in secret.

EURIPIDES, Sisyphus (fragment)

You women are all the same, if bed's all right,
You think everything else can go to the wind.
But if there's any infringement of your bed-rights,
Then fair is foul and all hell's let loose.


When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.


I sacrifice to no god save myself — And to my belly, greatest of deities.

EURIPIDES, The Cyclops

The wisest men follow their own direction
And listen to no prophet guiding them.
None but the fools believe in oracles,
Forsaking their own judgment.

EURIPIDES, The Complete Greek Tragedies

A woman should be good for everything at home, but abroad good for nothing.

EURIPIDES, Meleager (fragment)

Slight not what 's near through aiming at what's far.


Sweet is the remembrance of troubles when you are in safety.

EURIPIDES, Andromeda

Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.

EURIPIDES, fragment, Phoemissae

Youth holds no society with grief.

EURIPIDES, attributed, Day's Collacon

The man who melts
With social sympathy, though not allied,
Is of more worth than a thousand kinsmen.


When God is contriving misfortunes for man, He first deprives him of his reason.

EURIPIDES, attributed, Day's Collacon

Light be the earth upon you, lightly rest.


Poverty possesses this disease: through want, it teaches a man evil.

EURIPIDES, attributed, Day's Collacon

The man who glories in his luck may be overthrown by destiny.

EURIPIDES, The Suppliant Women

Opinion! O opinion! How many men of slightest worth hast thou uplifted high in life's proud ranks?

EURIPIDES, attributed, Day's Collacon

To every man, even though he be a slave, the light of heaven is sweet.

EURIPIDES, attributed, Day's Collacon


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