Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Euripedes NULL

Greek Tragic Playwright, Last of the Three Great Tragedians of Classical Athens (others being Aeschylus and Sophocles)

"The wavering mind is but a base possession."

"There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change."

"There is no man who is happy in everything."

"There is nothing more hostile to a city than a tyrant, under whom in the first and chiefest place, there are not laws in common, but one man, keeping the law himself to himself, has the sway and this is no longer equal."

"There is one expense no mortal can recover: a human life. For money, there are ways."

"They who are sad find somehow sweetness in tears."

"Those whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad."

"Time will bring healing."

"Time will unveil all things to posterity."

"Waste not fresh tears over old griefs."

"We pay a high price for being intelligent. Wisdom hurts."

"What can we take on trust in this uncertain life? Happiness, greatness, pride - nothing is secure, nothing keeps."

"What is natural is never disgraceful."

"Your very silence is confession."

"A man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe. "

"All is change; all yields its place and goes. "

"Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent. "

"Reason can drive fear away. "

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

"The common interests of states and individuals alike demand that good and evil receive their just rewards."

"To a man who prospers and is blessed, all change is grief. "

"To a man who prospers and is blessed, all change is grief. "

"Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. "

"In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom. "

"To generous souls every task is noble. "

"What we look for does not come to pass. God finds a way for what none foresaw. "

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

"Wisdom is respect for what is right."

"A bad beginning makes a bad ending."

"A coward turns away, but a brave man's choice is danger."

"A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten."

"A second wife is hateful to the children of the first; A viper is not more hateful."

"A sweet thing, for whatever time, to revisit in dreams the dear dad we have lost."

"A wise fellow who is also worthless always charms the rabble."

"A man who has been in danger, when he comes out of it forgets his fears, And sometimes he forgets his promises."

"A wise man in his house should find a wife gentle and courteous, or no wife at all."

"A woman like me! What am I like that's different from you or any man"

"Adversity comes a real test for metal friends, a test do not lie never results."

"AGAMEMNON: I will not slay my children, nor shall thy interests be prospered by justice in thy vengeance for a worthless wife, while I am left wasting, night and day, in sorrow for what I did to one of my own flesh and blood, contrary to all law and justice."

"All of us judge by sight and not by knowledge."

"Alas!-but why Alas? It is the lot of mortality we experience."

"All people are equal in one thing - whether of the nobles or tykes _ all of them love their children. May disagree among themselves in terms of wealth, some have and some do not have: but the whole human race's love for her children by virtue of instinct."

"Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom."

"And so my thoughts have lead me to believe that childless men and women lead lives more fortunate than those with sons and daughters."

"Anger exceeding limits causes fear and excessive kindness eliminates respect."

"Ares (The God of War) hates those who hesitate."

"Arm yourself, my heart: the thing that you must do is fearful, yet inevitable."

"Authority is never without hate."

"Bear calamities with meekness."

"Believe not that the wealthy are never happy until you get your last minute."