John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
Aeschylus. (525456 B.C.)
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
Gods 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 friends 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 mans 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).
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.
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 troubld 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]