70+ Best Aeschylus Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Aeschylus was an ancient Greek tragedian. He is often described as the father of tragedy. Profoundly inspirational Aeschylus quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Aeschylus Quotes

The reward of suffering is experience

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.

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

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

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

There is a limit to the best of health, disease is always a near neighbor.

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.

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.

Wrong must not win by technicalities.

Wiles and deceit are female qualities.

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

The seed of mortals broods o’er passing things, and hath nought surer than the smoke-cloud’s shadow.

There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy’s hand, when you hate mutually.

Obedience, you know, is Good Luck’s mother, wedded to Salvation, they say.

I pray the gods will give me some relief and end this weary job. One long full year I’ve been lying here, on this rooftop, the palace of the sons of Atreus, resting on my arms, just like a dog. I’ve come to know the night sky, every star, the powers we see glittering in the sky, bringing winter and summer to us all, as the constellations rise and sink.

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.

When a man dies, flesh is frayed and broken in the fire, but not his will.

Success! to thee, as to a God, men bend the knee.

Inspirational Aeschylus Quotes

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

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

Truth is always the first casualty of war.

For wherein is life sweet to him who suffers grief?

Take courage; pain’s extremity soon ends.

Time waxing old can many a lesson teach.

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.

In few men is it part of nature to respect a friend’s prosperity without begrudging him.

We spoil ourselves with scruples long as things go well.

Overly persuasive a woman’s ordinance spreads far, traveling fast; but fast dying a rumor voiced by a woman perishes.

The force of necessity is irresistible.

Simple is the speech of truth.

Arrogance is truly the child of impiety, but from health of soul comes happiness, dear to all, much prayed for.

Truly even he errs that is wiser than the wise.

Once to die is better than length of days in sorrow without end.

I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.

The saying goes that the gods leave a town once it is captured.

We shall perish by guile just as we slew.

Whoever is just willingly and without compulsion will not lack happiness; he will never be utterly destroyed.

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

The reward of pain is experience.

God’s mouth knows not how to speak falsehood, but he brings to pass every word.

Top Aeschylus Quotes

When we sleep the soul is lit up… by many eyes, and with them, we can see everything that we cannot see in the daytime.

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

Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.

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!’.

Number, the most excellent of all inventions.

The laws of a state change with the changing times.

Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.

Delay not to seize the hour!

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.

We must pronounce him fortunate who has ended his life in fair prosperity.

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

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

Ask the gods nothing excessive.

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.

No one can count the terrors that the earth spawns, catastrophic, gruesome, and the vast arms of the sea swarm with brute monsters bent on harm, and everywhere between the sky and ground lights bloom by day in flares and sudden bolts; and birds and beasts alike can tell of the whirlwind’s whirling wrath.

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

Everyone’s quick to blame the alien.

It is through suffering that learning comes.

Unjustly men hate death, which is the greatest defense against their many ills.

In war, truth is the first casualty.

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

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

Misfortune wandering the same track lights now upon one and now upon another.

Beyond age, leaf withered, man goes three footed no stronger than a child is, a dream that falters in daylight.

The wisest of the wise may err.

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

Sweet is a grief well ended.

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

A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.

A great ox stands on my tongue.

Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away.

Even the old should learn.