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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Aeschylus. (525–456 B.C.)
 
 
1
    I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil. 1
          Suppliants, 453.
2
    “Honour thy father and thy mother” stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness. 2
          Suppliants, 707.
3
    Words are the physicians of a mind diseased. 3
          Prometheus, 378.
4
    Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
          Prometheus, 981.
5
    God’s mouth knows not to utter falsehood, but he will perform each word. 4
          Prometheus, 1032.
6
    Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old. 5
          Agamemnon, 584.
7
    Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy…. I well know that mirror of friendship, shadow of a shade.
          Agamemnon, 832.
8
    Exiles feed on hope.
          Agamemnon, 1668.
9
    Success is man’s god.
          Choephoræ, 59.
10
    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.” 6
          Frag. 135 (trans. by Plumptre).
  
  
  
11
    Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts:
Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured
Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed
By hymns of praise. From him alone of all
The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.
          Frag. 146 (trans. by Plumptre).
12
    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.
          Frag. 250 (trans. by Plumptre).
13
    A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
          Frag. 383.
14
    Bronze is the mirror of the form; wine, of the heart.
          Frag. 384.
15
    It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
          Frag. 385.
 
Note 1.
See Gray, Quotation 10. [back]
Note 2.
The three great laws ascribed to Triptolemus are referred to,—namely, to honour parents; to worship the gods with the fruits of the earth; to hurt no living creature. The first two laws are also ascribed to the centaur Cheiron. [back]
Note 3.
Apt words have power to suage
The tumours of a troubl’d mind.
John Milton: Samson Agonistes. [back]
Note 4.
God is not a man that he should lie;… hath he said, and shall he not do it?—Numbers xxiii. 19. [back]
Note 5.
See Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Quotation 58. [back]
Note 6.
See Waller, Quotation 2. [back]
 

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