Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Aeschylus
- Wisdom comes through suffering. Trouble, with its memories of pain, Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep, So men against their will Learn to practice moderation. Favours come to us from gods.
- 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.
- It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
- Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?
- 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.
- But there is a cure in the house, and not outside it, no, not from others but from them, their bloody strife. We sing to you, dark gods beneath the earth.
- And there they ring the walls, the young, the lithe. The handsome hold the graves they won in Troy; the enemy earth rides over those who conquered.
- But the lust for power never dies- men cannot have enough. No one will lift a hand to send it from his door, to give it warning, ‘Power, never come again!
- Bastions of wealth are no deference for the man who treads the grand altar of Justice down and out of sight.
- The gods! long since they hold us in contempt, Scornful of gifts thus offered by the lost! Why should we fawn and flinch away from doom?
Aeschylus, born around 525 BCE in Eleusis, Greece, was an ancient Greek playwright often hailed as the “Father of Tragedy.” Little is known about his early life, but he became a key figure in the development of Greek drama during the Golden Age of Athens. Aeschylus is credited with introducing the second actor to the stage, expanding the possibilities of dramatic storytelling.
His notable works include the tragic trilogy “Oresteia,” comprised of “Agamemnon,” “The Libation Bearers,” and “The Eumenides.” These plays explored themes of justice, revenge, and the consequences of violence, reflecting the philosophical and political ideas of his time. Aeschylus participated in the Dionysia, an Athenian festival where theatrical competitions took place, and won numerous awards for his plays.
Aeschylus served as a soldier in the Persian Wars, and his experiences influenced his work. He died in Sicily in 456 BCE, where tradition holds that an eagle dropped a tortoise on his head, mistaking it for a rock. His plays continued to be performed and revered in ancient Greece, contributing significantly to the foundations of Western drama and literature.
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