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One learns by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
- [Failure : Success]
Silence gives the proper grace to women.
The gods love those of ordered soul.
The man the state has put in place must have obedient hearing to his least command when it is right, and even when it's not.
The rugged, all-nourishing earth.
Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn.
To him who is in fear everything rustles.
To women silence gives their proper grace.
Truth is always straightforward.
War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.
Wisdom is the most important part of happiness.
You win the victory when you yield to friends.
A lie never lives to be old.
- Acrisius (frag. 59) [Lying]
Woman, to women silence is the best ornament.
- Ajax (293) [Silence]
To touch the quick.
- Ajax (786) [Sensibility]
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
- Aletes (frag. 99) [Wisdom]
Whom Jupiter would destroy he first drives mad.
[Lat., Quem Jupiter vult perdere, dementat primus.]
(Johnson's edition) (1758), p. 632
To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound.
- Antigone (1251) [Silence]
Whoe'er imagines prudence all his own,
Or deems that he hath powers to speak and judge
Such as none other hath, when they are known,
They are found shallow.
- Antigone (707) [Conceit]
There is a point at which even justice does injury.
- Electra [Justice]
You do the deeds,
And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
- Electra (l. 624), (Milton's translation)
It is never right to consider that a man has been made happy by fate, until his life is absolutely finished, and he has ended his existence.
- Frag. Tyndarus [Hope]
Heaven ne'er helps the men who will not act.
- Fragment (288) [Action : Decision : Heaven]
I write a woman's oaths in water.
- Fragment (l. 120) [Oaths]
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