214+ 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

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

Time waxing old can many a lesson teach. – Aeschylus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For wherein is life sweet to him who suffers grief? – Aeschylus

Number, the most excellent of all inventions. – Aeschylus

The reward of suffering is experience – Aeschylus

It is through suffering that learning comes. – Aeschylus

A great ox stands on my tongue. – Aeschylus

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

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

We shall perish by guile just as we slew. – Aeschylus

Ask the gods nothing excessive. – Aeschylus

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

Wiles and deceit are female qualities. – Aeschylus

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

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

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 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. – Aeschylus

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

Truth is always the first casualty of war. – Aeschylus

The force of necessity is irresistible. – Aeschylus

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

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

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

Delay not to seize the hour! – Aeschylus

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

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

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

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

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

We spoil ourselves with scruples long as things go well. – Aeschylus

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

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. – Aeschylus

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

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

Everyone’s quick to blame the alien. – Aeschylus

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

Sweet is a grief well ended. – Aeschylus

The wisest of the wise may err. – Aeschylus

Simple is the speech of truth. – Aeschylus

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. – Aeschylus

In war, truth is the first casualty. – Aeschylus

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

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

Even the old should learn. – Aeschylus

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

Truly even he errs that is wiser than the wise. – Aeschylus

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

A prosperous fool is a grievous burden. – Aeschylus

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

Take courage; pain’s extremity soon ends. – Aeschylus

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

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

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

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

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. – Aeschylus

The reward of pain is experience. – Aeschylus

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. – Aeschylus

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

The laws of a state change with the changing times. – Aeschylus

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

Wrong must not win by technicalities. – Aeschylus

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

If you are not envied, you are not enviable. – Aeschylus

But who can describe the overweening pride of men? Or women mad with passion, reckless in their hearts, soulmates to every kind of ruin that befalls us? Wild passion, unrestrained, boundless, that overcomes the women, perverts the yoke of wedlock for beasts and men alike. – Aeschylus

Justice, voiceless, unseen, seeth thee when thou sleepest and when thou goest forth and when thou liest down. Continually doth she attend thee, now aslant thy course, now at a later time. These lines are from a section of doubtful or spurious fragments. – Aeschylus

Yet though a man gets many wounds in breast, He dieth not, unless the appointed time, The limit of his life’s span, coincide; Nor does the man who by the hearth at home Sits still, escape the doom that Fate decrees. – Aeschylus

To learn is to be young, however old. – Aeschylus

Time in his aging overtakes all things alike. – Aeschylus

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

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

The words of truth are simple. – Aeschylus

Time brings all things to pass. – Aeschylus

This is the law: blood spilt upon the ground cries out for more. – Aeschylus

Bronze is the mirror of form, wine of the heart. – Aeschylus

Only one accomplishment is beyond both the power and the mercy of the Gods. They cannot make the past as though it had never been. – Aeschylus

The unenvied man is not enviable. – Aeschylus

Call no man happy till he is dead. – Aeschylus

The man who does ill, ill must suffer too. – Aeschylus

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

You’ll see all other mortal sinners, the ones who flout the honor owed to gods or guests, or loving parents you’ll see them get the justice they deserve. For Hades holds men mightily to a strict accounting down below the earth; he sees all things, inscribes them within the book of his remembering. – Aeschylus

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

Time cleanses what it touches over time. – Aeschylus

Hungry wailing standeth not aloof. – Aeschylus

Art is far feebler than necessity. – Aeschylus

With our own feathers, not by others’ hands,Are we now smitten. – Aeschylus

Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering. – Aeschylus

For the impious act begets more after it, like to the parent stock. – Aeschylus

Nor does night conceal men’s deeds of ill, but whatsoe’er thou dost, think that some God beholds it. – Aeschylus

Old men are children once again a dream that sways and wavers into the hard light of day. – Aeschylus

For in the voyage of the heart, there is a freight of hatred, and the wind of wrath blows shrill. – Aeschylus

Rumours voiced by women come to nothing. – Aeschylus

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

I warn the marauder dragging plunder, chaotic, rich beyond all rights: he’ll strike his sails, harried at long last, stunned when the squalls of torment break his spars to bits. – Aeschylus

Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety. – Aeschylus

Success is man’s god. – Aeschylus

Don’t you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment? – Aeschylus

I gave them hope, and so turned away their eyes from death – Aeschylus

The burning gaze of a young woman, such as hath tasted man, shall not escape me; for I have a spirit keen to mark these things. – Aeschylus

Unanimous hatred is the greatest medicine for a human community. – Aeschylus

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. – Aeschylus

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

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

God ever works with those who work with will. – Aeschylus

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

From a just fraud God turneth not away. – Aeschylus

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted. – Aeschylus

The future you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it. – Aeschylus

His resolve is not to seem the bravest, but to be. – Aeschylus

The best by far is to marry in one’s own rank. – Aeschylus

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

Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. – Aeschylus

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

Still to the sufferer comes, as due from God, a glory that to suffering owes its birth. – Aeschylus

When a tongue fails to send forth appropriate shafts, there might be a word to act as healer of these. – Aeschylus

Making it a valid law to learn by suffering. – Aeschylus

For there below ground sits the Dark God, strong to call men to judgment; he sees all, and writes it in his memory. – Aeschylus

It is always the season for the old to learn. – Aeschylus

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. – Aeschylus

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

Suffering brings experience. – Aeschylus

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

God is not averse to deceit in a holy cause. – Aeschylus

Too few rejoice at a friend’s good fortune. – Aeschylus

You have been trapped in the inescapable net of ruin by your own want of sense. – Aeschylus

To be free from evil thoughts is God’s best gift. – Aeschylus

Fear is stronger than arms. – Aeschylus

Excessive fear is always powerless. – Aeschylus

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

For sufferers it is sweet to know before-hand clearly the pain that still remains for them. – Aeschylus

But from the good health of the mind comes that which is dear to all and the object of prayer-happiness. – Aeschylus

Joy steals upon me, such joy as calls forth tears. – Aeschylus

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

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

Old age hath stronger sense of right than youth. – Aeschylus

Jars neither of wine nor of water shall fail in the houses of the rich. – Aeschylus

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

In war the first casualty is the truth. – Aeschylus

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

I know how men in exile feed on dreams. – Aeschylus

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

God lends a helping hand to the man who tries hard. – Aeschylus

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

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

For a deadly blow let him pay with a deadly blow: it is for him who has done a deed to suffer. – Aeschylus

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

When a man’s willing and eager the god’s join in. – Aeschylus

For hostile word let hostile word be paid. – Aeschylus

Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime’s length? – Aeschylus

Bonds and the pangs of hunger are excellent prophet doctors for the wits. – Aeschylus

For know that no one is free, except Zeus. – Aeschylus

Every ruler is harsh whose laws is new. – Aeschylus

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

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

For the lips of Zeus do not know how to lie, but bring to fulfilment every word. – Aeschylus

The misfortunes of mankind are of varied plumage. – Aeschylus

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

Do not kick against the pricks. – Aeschylus

There is no avoidance in delay. – Aeschylus

Wisdom comes alone through suffering. – Aeschylus

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence. – Aeschylus

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

He who goes unenvied shall not be admired. – Aeschylus

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

The truth Has to be melted out of our stubborn lives By suffering. Nothing speaks the truth, Nothing tells us how things really are, Nothing forces us to know What we do not want to know Except pain. And this is how the gods declare their love. – Aeschylus

Against necessity, against its strength, no one can fight and win. – Aeschylus

For children preserve the fame of a man after his death. – Aeschylus

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

Watchful are the Gods of all Hands with slaughter stained. The black Furies wait, and when a man Has grown by luck, not justice, great, With sudden overturn of chance They wear him to a shade, and, cast Down to perdition, who shall save him? – Aeschylus

In the sinews of the dead there is no blood. – Aeschylus

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

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

Lustre of man walking proud beneath the sky diminishes to nothing and goes unregarded. – Aeschylus

By suffering comes wisdom. – Aeschylus

I pray the gods some respite from the weary task of this long year’s watch that lying on the Atreidae’s roof on bended arm, dog- like, I have kept, marking the conclave of all night’s stars, those potentates blazing in the heavens that bring winter and summer to mortal men, the constellations, when they wane, when they rise. – Aeschylus

To many mortals silence great gain brings. – Aeschylus

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

Mourn for me rather as living than as dead. – Aeschylus

Justice shines in very smoky homes, and honors the righteous; but the gold-spangled mansions where the hands are unclean, she leaves with eyes averted. – Aeschylus

God planteth in mortal men the cause of sin whensoever he wills utterly to destroy a house. – Aeschylus

For the mighty, even to give away is grace. – Aeschylus

The field of doom bears death as its harvest. – Aeschylus

The adulterer dies. An old custom, justice. – Aeschylus

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts. – Aeschylus

The holy heaven yearns to wound the earth, and yearning layeth hold on the earth to join in wedlock; the rain, fallen from the amorous heaven, impregnates the earth, and it bringeth forth for mankind the food of flocks and herds and Demeter’s gifts; and from that moist marriage-rite the woods put on their bloom. – Aeschylus

He hears but half who hears one party only. – Aeschylus

Death hath a fairer fame than a life of toil. – Aeschylus

Long tarries destiny But comes to those who pray. – Aeschylus

But still the block of Vengeance firm doth stand, and Fate, as swordsmith, hammers blow on blow. – Aeschylus

Ye waves That o’er th’ interminable ocean wreathe Your crisped smiles. – Aeschylus

Report uttered by the people is everywhere of great power. – Aeschylus

And now it goes as it goes and where it ends is Fate. And neither by singeing flesh nor tipping cups of wine nor shedding burning tears can you enchant away the rigid Fury. – Aeschylus

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

Fear hurries on my tongue through want of courage. – Aeschylus

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. – Aeschylus

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

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

Of prosperity mortals can never have enough. – Aeschylus

Remember to be submissive, thou art analien, a fugitive, and in need. – Aeschylus

Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend’s success without envy. – Aeschylus

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

For a single path leads to the house of Hades. – Aeschylus

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

Only through suffering do we learn – Aeschylus

Myriad laughter of the ocean waves. – Aeschylus

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