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)

"Vengeance comes not slowly either upon you or any other wicked man, but steals silently and imperceptibly, placing its foot on the bad."

"Venus, thy eternal sway all the race of men obey."

"Very good to be rich, very good to be strong, but even better to be loved ones a lot of friends."

"We know the good, we apprehend it clearly. But we can't bring it to achievement."

"We must caution and prudence of wacky enemy villain, but if the enemy an honorable man of cream Vakhadda house him, as Khaddoek may soften his heart."

"We must flaw friends just and noble anger to the right of their friends from harm and injustice."

"Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold."

"We'll see how the sky catches fire. We'll see how she feeds the flames with her implacable hate."

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

"What is the happiest man who sees with his own eyes the enemy dies, and pays for what committed hands of evil."

"What mortal claims, by searching to the utmost limit, to have found out the nature of God, or of his opposite, or of that which comes between, seeing as he doth this world of man tossed to and fro by waves of contradiction and strange vicissitudes?"

"What other creatures are bred so exquisitely and purposefully for mistreatment as women are?"

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

"When a man's stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor."

"When a wise man chooses a sane basis for his arguments, it is no great task to speak well."

"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."

"When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness."

"When one receives the generosity of the gods, do not need it to friends, as sufficient for divine help, if God willing!"

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

"When roused to rage the maddening populace storms, their fury, like a rolling flame, bursts forth unquenchable; but give its violence ways, it spends itself, and as its force abates, learns to obey and yields it to your will."

"When someone isn't seen for a long time, well, folk soon begin to imagine the worst."

"Where there is no wine there is no love."

"Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise, The man who lets the contest fall is wise."

"Who dares not speak his free thoughts is a slave."

"Who knoweth if to die be but to live, and that called life by mortals be but death?"

"Who knows but life be that which men call death, and death what men call life?"

"Who knows that 'tis not life which we call death, and death our life on earth?"

"Who so neglects learning in his youth loses the past and is dead to the future."

"Who then will dare to say I'm weak or timid? No, they'll say I'm loyal as a friend, ruthless as a foe, so much like a hero destined for glory."

"Whoever yields properly to Fate, is deemed wise among men, and knows the laws of heaven."

"Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad."

"Whose sons would cling bold to the craggy heights of war."

"Wine is a terrible foe, hard to wrestle with."

"With hunger, rich and poor are all as one."

"Woman is woman's natural ally"

"Women inherently faster than the guy in the narrative of grief."

"Would that I could live without care in the middle rank of life."

"You were a stranger to sorrow: therefore Fate has cursed you."

"Young man, two are the forces most precious to mankind. The first is Demeter, the Goddess. She is the Earth -- or any name you wish to call her -- and she sustains humanity with solid food. Next came Dionysus, the son of the virgin, bringing the counterpart to bread: wine and the blessings of life's flowing juices. His blood, the blood of the grape, lightens the burden of our mortal misery. Though himself a God, it is his blood we pour out to offer thanks to the Gods. And through him, we are blessed."

"Young people, the most beautiful jewels in wealth is also the most beautiful in the case of want and woe!"

"Your very silence shows you agree."

"Youth holds no society with grief."

"Youth is the best time to be rich; and the best time to be poor."

"Zeus hates busybodies and those who do too much."