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EURIPIDES
Greek tragic poet
(485 BC - 406 BC)
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But the devil when he purports any evil against man, first perverts his mind.
  [Lat., At daemon, homini quum struit aliquid malum,
    Pervertit illi primitus mentem suam.]
      - Fragment (25), (Baine's edition)
        [Insanity]

Ares (the God of War) hates those who hesitate.
      - Heraclidoe (722) [War]

O lady, nobility is thine, and thy form is the reflection of thy nature!
      - Ion (238) [Nobility]

The ways of the gods are long, but in the end they are not without strength.
      - Ion (I, 1615) [Retribution]

Venus, thy eternal sway
  All the race of men obey.
      - Iphigenia in Aulis [Love]

But woe to him, who left to moan,
  Reviews the hours of brightness gone.
      - Iphigenia in Taurus (l. 1,121),
        (translation by Anstice) [Memory]

The fountains of sacred rivers flow upwards (i.e., everything is turned topsy turvy.)
      - Medea (409) [Rivers]

It is said that gifts persuade even the gods.
      - Medea (964) [Gifts]

There is no worse evil than a bad woman; and nothing has ever been produced better than a good one.
      - Melanippe [Women]

The variety of all things forms a pleasure.
      - Orestes (234) [Variety]

The man who melts
  With social sympathy, though not allied,
    Is more worth than a thousand kinsmen.
      - Orestes (l. 846) [Sympathy]

Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.
      - Phoemissoe (frag. 809) [Society]

For chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.
      - Pirithous, (adapted) [Prudence]

Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.
      - Pirithous [Fortune]

He was a wise man who originated the idea of God.
      - Sisyphus [God]

There is nothing more hostile to a city that 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.
      - Suppliants (429),
        (Oxford translation revised by Buckley)
        [Tyrants]

He is not a lover who does not love for ever.
      - Troades (1,051) [Love]


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