This Aeschylus quotes collection will make you wiser and change the way you think.
An ancient Greek playwright who is often recognized as the father of tragedy (a form of drama involving disastrous events), Aeschylus was the earliest of the great Greek tragedians and the first European dramatist whose plays were preserved.
Said to have been born in about 525 BC to a noble and wealthy Athenian family, Aeschylus grew up through many exciting events in the history of Athens. During his youth, the city underwent many constitutional reforms and he himself took part in Athens’ first struggles against the invading Persians.
Aeschylus wrote an estimated seventy to ninety plays but only seven survived, the best known being “The Oresteia” trilogy which is generally acclaimed by modern critics and scholars.
Aeschylus’s plays, which were rich with moral authority, won him many awards and left a big mark in Greek history. In his honor, below is our collection of wise and thought-provoking Aeschylus quotes.
Don’t forget to also read our collection of Confucius quotes about life, love and wisdom.
Aeschylus quotes celebrating truth and wisdom
1. ”Wisdom comes through suffering.” – Aeschylus
2. ”The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.” – Aeschylus
3. ”The words of truth are simple.” – Aeschylus
4. ”It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.” – Aeschylus
5. ”Words are the physicians of a mind diseased” – Aeschylus
6. ”Memory is the mother of all wisdom” – Aeschylus
7. ”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
8. ”Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” – Aeschylus
9. ”There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.” – Aeschylus
10. ”Self-will in the man who does not reckon wisely is by itself the weakest of all things.” – Aeschylus
Thought-provoking Aeschylus quotes
11. ”There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.” – Aeschylus
12. ”Those who would learn must suffer. In our own despair, against our will, wisdom comes to us.” – Aeschylus
13. ”Don’t try to make intelligent decisions when your brain is hyped.” – Aeschylus
14. “There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.” – Aeschylus
15. ”For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.” – Aeschylus
16. ”Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.” – Aeschylus
17. ”In war, truth is the first casualty.” – Aeschylus
18. ”We should know what is true before we break our rage.” – Aeschylus
19. ”Be it mine to draw from wisdom’s fount, pure as it flows, that calm of soul which virtue only knows.” – Aeschylus
20. “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” – Aeschylus
Aeschylus quotes on suffering and experience
21. ”Who acts, shall endure. So speaks the voice of the age-old wisdom.” – Aeschylus
22. ”The reward of suffering is experience.” – Aeschylus
23. ”It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.” – Aeschylus
24. ”It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.” – Aeschylus
25. ”When one is willing and eager, the Gods join in.” – Aeschylus
26. ”He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.” – Aeschylus
27. ”God loves to help him who strives to help himself.” – Aeschylus
28. ”The man who does ill must suffer ill.” – Aeschylus
29. ”Time brings all things to pass.” – Aeschylus
30. ”Time as he grows old teaches all things.” – Aeschylus
Aeschylus quotes that will make you wiser
31. ”From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” – Aeschylus
32. ”To learn is to be young, however old.” – Aeschylus
33. ”A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.” – Aeschylus
34. ”Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.” – Aeschylus
36. ”Words are doctors for the diseased temper.” – Aeschylus
37. ”God’s mouth knows not how to speak falsehood, but he brings to pass every word.” – Aeschylus
38. ”Pride has always gone before a fall.” – Aeschylus
39. ”God always strives together with those who strive.” – Aeschylus
40. ”There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.” – Aeschylus
Other inspirational Aeschylus quotes
41. ”From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” – Aeschylus
42. ”I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.” – Aeschylus
43. ”And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.” – Aeschylus
44. ”Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another’s might.” – Aeschylus
45. ”Since long I’ve held silence a remedy for harm.” – Aeschylus
46. ”Willingly no one chooses the yoke of slavery.” – Aeschylus
47. ”Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” – Aeschylus
48. ”There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls. Aeschylus
49. ”Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime’s length?” – Aeschylus
50. ”I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.” – Aeschylus
Also check out these Medusa quotes about the unique guardian from Greek mythology.
Which of these Aeschylus quotes was your favorite?
Aeschylus is one of the best-known Athenian tragic poets and the earliest playwright in any language whose plays survive today. His plays depicted the hard choices men have to make, and what happens as a result.
Aeschylus has much to tell us about contemporary matters. Some of his works are still relevant to our current political systems and help us remember the very values that make us human.
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May 5, 2019 5:18 AM EST